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Testing Of The ARAMIS Methodology In Slovenia – Process And Results


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D. Kontić, B. Kontić & M. Gerbec


In the framework of the ARAMIS project the Jozef Stefan Institute has been acting as one of the partners which tested the ARAMIS methodology. The testing has been designed so as to check how each step of the methodology works "in real life". The latter means that an industry has been selected as a subject of demonstration. In Slovenia this was Nafta Petrochem, a chemical factory producing methanol, formaldehyde, and synthetic resins. The ultimate goal of the testing was to come up with specific results regarding S, M and V, where S stands for severity index, M for management index or rather an expression of the integration of safety culture and management activities of the establishment, and V stands for vulnerability of environmental components potentially exposed in the case of an accident. Final results were expected to be in the form of severity and vulnerability maps of the impact area around the site. In the paper we describe a process and results of the testing. In terms of results we first show outcomes of selecting critical equipment, which we arrived at while the VADEMECUM, an initial step of the MIMAH approach, was still under development, and how these contributed to modifying VADEMECUM's "time criterion" for continuous processes. Similarly, we demonstrate changes in the vulnerability mapping results after changing default weighting factors in the vulnerability code. The importance of the latter change is that now an ARAMIS Methodology user can apply preferences about vulnerability and protecting environmental components as they are perceived locally instead of using those built and locked in the code, which was the case in the previous version of the code. At the end we present summarised results of the overall testing.