NATIONAL ICE SCHEMES

The focal point of a national ICE scheme is the ICE National Centre which the emergency authorities can call:

  • when the supplier cannot be contacted;

  • when an incident happens to international movements necessitating contact with National ICE Centres in other countries;

  • when mutual assistance needs to be mobilised within the national ICE scheme;

  • when the product or the producing company cannot be readily identified.

 

When called by the authorities, the National ICE Centre will provide, in the local language, initial telephone advice for the immediate control of the incident. It will promptly alert the producing company, obtain further information (possibly via other National ICE Centres) or mobilise mutual assistance. To do this, the centre has at its disposal appropriate communication equipment, a library of reference books or databases and up to date lists of telephone and email addresses for contacts within the chemical industry.

The centre is manned 24 hours a day by at least one person who, in addition to the local language(s), can also speak English to facilitate communication between the National ICE Centres.

AUSTRIA


The national ICE scheme is called TUIS (Transport-Unfall-Informations- und HilfeleistungsSystem). It includes more than 30 participating companies. These are listed in a manual as well as on the internet (on www.tuis.at) and may be contacted directly by the competent emergency authorities (police, fire brigade, etc.) in the event of transport accidents.
Under an agreement between the Austrian and German chemical industry federations, BASF-Ludwigshafen (Germany) also acts as National ICE Centre for Austria.

ICE scheme: TUIS
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
FCIO - Austrian Chemical Industry Association
Christian Gründling
email: gruendling@fcio.at

National Centre
BASF Ludwigshafen

Gert van Bortel
email: gert.van-bortel@basf.com

BELGIUM


The national ICE scheme is called BELINTRA (Belgian Intervention System for Transport Accidents). There is a formal agreement between the Belgian chemical industry federation (Essenscia) and the competent authorities whereby the emergency authorities can contact two centres - BASF-Antwerp (Dutch speaking) or Inovyn-Jemeppe (French speaking). These will provide assistance themselves or call in support from one of the 30-odd participating companies. BASF-Antwerp acts as National ICE Centre for international contacts.

ICE scheme: BELINTRA
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
Essenscia
Geert Boogaerts (South: Samuël Jaupart)
email: gboogaerts@essenscia.be

National Centre
BASF Antwerpen

Tom Engels
email: tom.engels@basf.com

CZECH REPUBLIC

The national ICE scheme is called TRINS. It includes ten participating companies. There is a formal agreement between the Czech chemical industry federation (SCHP) and the competent authorities whereby, in the event of an accident, the emergency authorities may contact either the companies listed in a manual or the Czech National ICE Centre.
The emergency department of the chemical company, Unipetrol RPA Litvinov, acts as the National ICE Centre.

ICE scheme: TRINS
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
SCHP - Association of Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic
Tomáš Kudrna

email: tomas.kudrna@schp.cz

National Center
Unipetrol RPA - Litvínov

David Gabriš
email: ladislav.Spacek@schp.cz

DENMARK

The national ICE scheme is called RVK and includes 19 participating companies. There is a formal agreement between the Association of Danish Process Industries (PIBF) and the Copenhagen-based Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) of the Ministry of Defence Denmark on emergency response by the chemical industry. The Agency maintains a 24-hour service to fire brigades by providing relevant information on chemicals. 
Under the agreement, the Agency can request advice or assistance on all three levels from any one of 19 companies, according to the product(s) involved in the accident. The Agency also acts as National ICE Centre. 

ICE scheme: PIBF/RVK
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
DI - Confederation of Danish Industry
Mrs Karin Klitgaard

email: kakl@di.dk

National Center
DEMA - Danish Emergency Management Agency

Mrs Karin Klitgaard
email: kakl@di.dk

FRANCE

The national ICE scheme is called Transaid and includes some 160 participating companies. There is a formal agreement between the French chemical industry federation (France Chimie) and the Ministry of the Interior whereby the competent authorities can call participating companies for assistance. Whereas Level 1 assistance will be provided at all times without any formalities, assistance at Level 3 involves the “requisitioning” of relevant individuals through their company by the authorities according to an official procedure, if the involved company enquires it.
Within Transaid, all operational data such as company addresses and contact numbers, levels of assistance, product names and corresponding UN numbers are accessible by the competent authorities via Internet with security access.
Under an agreement between the French chemical industry federation and CEDRE (Marine Pollution Expert Centre in Brest, Brittany), CEDRE assumes the role of National ICE Centre for contacts with National ICE Centres in other countries. CEDRE is also the MAR-ICE Contact Point for the MAR-ICE Network.

ICE scheme: TRANSAID

For more information, visit: https://www.francechimie.fr/transaid-1, or contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
France Chimie
Christian Rose
email: crose@francechimie.fr

National Center
CEDRE - Brest

Anne Le Roux
email: Anne.Le.Roux@cedre.fr

GERMANY

The national ICE scheme is called TUIS (Transport Unfall Informations und Hilfeleistungs System). There are ten centres:

  • BASF - Ludwigshafen (acting as the National ICE Centre for international contacts)

  • BASF - Schwarzheide

  • Bayer - Leverkusen

  • Bayer Pharma - Berlin

  • Dow Deutschland - Stade

  • Evonik - Werkfeuerwehr - Chemiepark Marl

  • Henkel - Düsseldorf

  • Infra Leuna - Leuna

  • Infraserv - Frankfurt am Main

  • Infraserv - Werkfeuerwehr

  • Merck - Darmstadt

  • Wacker-Chemie - Burghausen

Under an official protocol signed by the German chemical industry federation (VCI) and the competent authorities of the various Bundesländer, TUIS is recognised as a valuable source of assistance in chemical transport accidents and should be called upon by the emergency authorities.
Some 130 companies are listed in the TUIS manual along with their addresses, contact numbers, levels of assistance and products (by name and by UN number).
Competent authorities may make direct contact with the nearest company listed in the TUIS manual for the product(s) involved. Alternatively, they may contact one of the ten centres, each of which covers all products.

ICE scheme: TUIS
For more information, visit: https://www.vci.de/themen/logistik-verkehr/tuis/uebersichtsseite.jsp, or contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
BASF
Rico Völker
email: rico.voelker@basf.com

Chemical Association

VCI - Verband der Chemischen Industrie
Jörg Roth
email: jroth@vci.de

National Center
BASF Ludwigshafen

Gert van Bortel
email: gert.van-bortel@basf.com

HUNGARY

The national ICE scheme is called VERIK and includes five participating companies. There is a formal agreement between the Hungarian chemical industry federation (MAVESZ) and the competent authorities whereby the emergency authorities may contact either the companies listed in a manual or the Hungarian National ICE Centre.
The Fire Department of the Hungarian Oil and Gas Corporation (Százhalombatta) acts as the National ICE Centre.

ICE scheme: VERIK
For more information, visit www.fer.hu/en/index_elemei/verik.htm, or contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
FER
András János Polka
email: ajpolka@fer.hu

Chemical Association

MAVESZ - Magyar Vegyipari Szovetseg
M. Gáspár
Email: magda@mavesz.hu

National Center
MOL - Szazhalombatta

René Gaspar
email: verik@fer.hu

ITALY

The national ICE scheme is called SET (Servizio Emergenze Trasporti). Participation in SET is open to all the Chemical companies adhering to the Italian chemical industry federation (Federchimica). It is also open to all subjects (not chemical companies) who are interested in ensuring safety and prevention in the transport of chemical products, such as logistics companies. 
There is a formal agreement between Federchimica and the competent authorities whereby the emergency authorities may contact a participating company or the Italian National ICE Centre. The centre will make sure that a SET-participating company, competent for the product(s) involved in the transport accident, provides the requested level of intervention to the emergency authorities.
BASF Italia S.p.A. located in Cesano Maderno, acts as the National ICE Centre.
Federchimica has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the “Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC)” to cover, by SET, also accidents in the Mediterranean Sea.

ICE Scheme: SET
For more information, visit: https://setemergenze.federchimica.it, or contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
Federchimica
Francesca Belinghieri 
email: f.belinghieri@federchimica.it

National Center
BASF Italia SpA-Cesano Maderno (MB)

R Frigerio
email: set@set-emergenze.it

THE NETHERLANDS

The national ICE scheme is called VGS-alert. It is hosted by Sitech. There is a formal agreement between the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) and Sitech at Geleen. These will provide assistance themselves or call in support from one of the participating companies.
Sitech acts as National ICE Centre for international contacts.

ICE scheme: VGS-alert

For more information, visit : www.VGS-alert.nl, or contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
VNCI - Vereniging van de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie
Macco Korteweg Maris
email: kortewegmaris@vnci.nl

National Center
Sitech (Chemelot)

Rob Smeets 
email: rob.smeets@sitech.nl

NORWAY

The national ICE scheme is called RVK (Rådgivning Ved Kjemikalieuhell) and includes 17 participating companies. There are formal agreements between the companies and The Federation of Norwegian Industries and another formal agreement between The Federation of Norwegian Industries and the national rescue authorities, whereby the companies' assistance can be called upon by the authorities in the event of chemical transport accidents. The Norwegian ICE Scheme is a level 1 scheme. The National ICE Centre is operational 24-hours a day and is hosted by The Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Website is: www.kystverket.no. The response number is: + 47 33034800
Fax: + 47 33034949 and E-mail: vakt[at]kystverket.no.
In case of an accident the response centre will directly contact the company(ies) having RVK-responsibility for the chemical involved. The description of RVK, including the national scheme, companies involved covering which chemical, phone numbers to industry experts etc. can be viewed on the website of The Federation of Norwegian Industries. 

ICE scheme: RVK- Rådgivning ved kjemikalieuhell
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
NCA - Norwegian Coastal Administration
Giedre Agurkyte
email: giedre.agurkyte@kystverket.no

Chemical Association

Federation of Norwegian Industries
Cecilie R- F Skarning
Email: cs@norskindustri.no

National Center
NCA - Norwegian Coastal Administration

Giedre Agurkyte
email: giedre.agurkyte@kystverket.no

POLAND

Known as SPOT, the national ICE scheme was launched in 2000 with an official agreement between the National Headquarters of the State Fire Service and the Polish chemical federation (PIPC). There are fifteen participating companies and the ICE centre is located at PKN Orlen in Plock.
All three levels of assistance are provided, but the scheme currently operates only at national level.

ICE scheme: SPOT
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
PIPC - Polish Chamber of the Chemical Industry
Pawel Zawadzki
email: pawel.zawadzki@pipc.org.pl

National Center
PKN Orlen

Pawel Strusinski
email: Pawel.Strusinski@orlen.pl

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Slovak ICE scheme, called DINS (Dopravny Informacny a Nehodovy System) was launched in 2001 and actualised in 2006 with an official agreement Association of chemical and pharmaceutical industry of Slovak republic (ZCHFP SR) and Fire and emergency service (Hasičský a záchranný zbor SR). DINS have 10 participating companies and the national centre is located at company DUSLO Saľa. The centre can be contacted in the event of a chemical transport accident.

ICE scheme: DINS
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
DUSLO a.s. - Šala
Jaro Ing. Cermak
email: jcermak@duslo.sk

Chemical Association

ZCHFP - Association of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Industry of the Slovakia
J. Cermak
Email: jaroslav.cermak@duslo.sk

National Center
DUSLO a.s. - Šala

S. Surova/ I. Motolik
email: igor.motolik@duslo.sk

SPAIN

The Spanish Chemical Industry Federation (FEIQUE), in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, set up the national ICE scheme called CERET. The National Spanish ICE centre, located in the Ministry of the Interior in Madrid, became fully operational in 1999. The centre maintains a 24-hour service to competent authorities by providing relevant information on chemicals including information on more than 1.800 Safety Data Sheets. Under the CERET scheme, the 29 participating companies and 33 sites provide the National ICE Centre CERET information in case of accident of transport Dangerous Goods.
In the event of an accident, the National ICE Centre can request further assistance from a participating company, depending on the product(s) involved.
The maritime transport accident was not covered by CERET In the Spanish National Scheme, as a consequence of this in July 2006 FEIQUE and SASEMAR (Spanish Authority for rescue and marine accidents) establish the Spanish Centre of Response in case of accident involving Dangerous Goods in Marine Emergencies (CEREMMP-SASEMAR). This agreement means the extension of the principle of collaboration with Competent Authorities in case of accident to the maritime transport of Dangerous Goods in territorial Spanish waters. Despite of this CERET continues acting as the single ICE Spanish Centre.

ICE scheme: CERET
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
FEIQUE - Federacion Empresarial de la Industria Quimica Espanola
Jesus Soriano 
email: jsm@feique.org

National Center
Directorate General of Civil Protection and  Emergencies (DGPCE)

Carmen Cobo
email: cenem@procivil.mir.es

SWEDEN

The national ICE scheme is called Kemiakuten (“Chemical Emergency Service”). There is a formal agreement between the Swedish Innovation and Chemical Industries (IKEM) and the Swedish Poison Information Centre (GIC) in Stockholm whereby the Centre can be contacted in the event of a chemical accident.
Kemiakuten provides only Level 1 assistance. Information and advice are based on detailed knowledge of the health hazards of chemical products and appropriate first aid measures. GIC has more than 40 years' experience of providing such advice and chemical companies regularly supply GIC with updated information on their products.
Advice on fire, explosions and other incidents is the responsibility of the emergency authorities. GIC therefore refers these matters immediately to the officer on duty at the Swedish National Rescue Services Agency. It may also be necessary to question industry experts on any possible environmental impact. IKEM provides the centre with the names of experts in the participating chemical companies who can be contacted if necessary.
GIC also acts as National ICE Centre.
In addition to Kemiakuten, there is a parallell scheme where six companies can provide assistance in all levels 1, 2 and 3 for a number of certain very dangerous chemicals. The assistance is granted via a cooperation agreement between the participating companies and the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, and exercises are held annually. 

ICE scheme: KEMIAKUTEN
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
Kemiakuten, Swedish Poison Information Centre - Stockholm
Stefan Arvidsson
email: stefan.arvidsson@gic.se

Chemical Association

IKEM - Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden
Kristina Neimert Carne
Email: kristina.neimertcarne@ikem.se

National Center
Kemiakuten, Swedish Poison Information Centre - Stockholm

Stefan Arvidsson
email: stefan.arvidsson@gic.se

SWITZERLAND

The national ICE scheme is called Chemiefachberatung. The Swiss Society of Chemical Industries (scienceindustries) provides the fire brigades with a list of experts in 35 companies who can be contacted for advice on health and environmental matters in the event of a chemical transport accident.
The Emergency Department of the chemical company, Novartis (Basel), assumes the role of National ICE Centre for contacts with National ICE Centres in other countries.

ICE scheme: Chemiefachberatung
For more information, contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
scienceindustries
Erwin Sigrist
email: erwin.sigrist@scienceindustries.ch

National Center
Industriefeuerwehr Regio Basel AG

Gérard Fabich
email: gerard.fabich@ifrb.ch

UNITED KINGDOM

 

The national ICE scheme is called CHEMSAFE. UK transport legislation requires a 24-hour emergency response/specialist advice telephone number to be displayed on vehicles carrying dangerous goods in bulk.
The provision of Level 1 response (either through in-house resources or by using a third party) is mandatory for all members of the UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA). Companies are also required to provide SDS information on all their products to the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) at Culham Oxfordshire, which assumes the role of National ICE Centre.
Companies supporting Level 2 response should be capable of sending a technical representative to assess the impact of the incident, and providing detailed advice on the chemicals involved to the emergency services.
Level 3 response involves the coordinated practical assistance of the chemical company and the haulier, together with chemical waste disposal and vehicle recovery specialists, to make the situation safe, recover products and equipment, and carry out any necessary clean up.

 

ICE scheme: Chemsafe
For more information, visit www.the-ncec.com/en/emergency-response/national-role, or contact the National Scheme Administrator.

National Scheme Administrator
NCEC
Bethan Davies
email: bethan.davies@ricardo.com

Chemical Association

CIA - Chemicals Industries Association Ltd
Nishma Patel – CIA Policy Director
Email: PatelN@cia.org.uk 

National Center
NCEC - Harwell

Bethan Davies
email: bethan.davies@ricardo.com