On 11. April 1996, a major fire at Düsseldorf airport cost 17 lives, left 88 people injured and caused up to one billion euros of damage. Investigators soon found that the building material used when building the airport 30 years before had not been fireproof, presumably to save money, which allowed the fire to spread rapidly. This incident shows just how important it is to always use high-quality materials.
Labeling systems - Regoplast GmbH
Hazardous goods warning signs
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On 29. January 2019, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales BMAS) announced the changes made to the TRGS (Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances), that had been determined on 14. November 2018. Any explanations on the decisions of the Committee on Hazardous Substances (AGS) and all changes to the TRGS are online on the website of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin BAuA).
According to a survey by the German Federal Highway Research Institute (Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen), approximately 40,000 lorry accidents happen on German roads every year. In about 150 of them, transporters of hazardous goods are involved. This might not sound like much but even a small number of such accidents can lead to serious consequences for people, the environment, and the economy. The costs caused by hazardous materials leaking into the environment, for example when a tank vehicle is damaged, can be twice as high as those by a “normal” lorry accident.