At Ortviken paper mill numerous chemicals are handled, of which some are flammable or harmful to aquatic organisms.The safety regarding the chemicals is a very high priority for us and we are continually working to improve our safety systems to prevent accidents.

Nevertheless, accidents may occur that could impact people within the plant area as well as those who live in the vicinity of Ortviken.

The alarm number is 224 (internal) from an external mobile phone dial 060-19 42 24.
The person who alerts shall be prepared to respond to the concierge's questions. The concierge then alerts SOS Alarm and SCA Ortviken's own internal intervention group.

In the event of an accident

In the event of a disruption to the community for example a major accident at Ortviken, the fire and rescue service will establish an information center where you can call to obtain additional information. The telephone number is 060-61 44 44.

Ortviken's emergency siren

Should an accident occur at Ortviken, people who are located within the plant area will be warned via a siren that can be heard across the plant as well as areas adjacent to the plant. Should a siren sound, everyone within the plant area should go inside to designated assembly points. The plant's siren is tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.

Important announcement to the public – VMA sirens

If a serious accident occurs at Ortviken that puts residents in the vicinity at risk, then an alert is issued over the "Important announcement to the public" warning system (VMA). A VMA siren tone means that you should go indoors, close windows, doors and ventilation systems and listen to the radio for more information. Information can also be obtained on Text TV, on SVT text page 599. The VMA siren consists of a seven-second tone followed by a 14-second pause, repeated for at least two minutes. Once the danger is over, a "Danger over" siren is sounded, which consists of a 30- to 40-second long tone. The VMA alert and "Danger over" sirens are tested on the first non-holiday Monday of each quarter at 3 p.m.

Systematic risk assessments

Risk assessments are carried out systematically and the entire plant's operations have been investigated regarding risks of chemical emissions, fire and explosion. The analysis shows that almost all possible damage is limited to the industrial area and does not affect the public. What could affect the immediate environment and local residents is whether a larger fire would occur in the industrial area, with strong smoke evolution and the release of extinction water as a consequence.

Hazardous substances - chemicals

At Ortviken's facility, a number of chemicals are handled. Some of them are flammable or harmful to aquatic organisms.

Gasol, highly flammable oxygen, which in itself is not dangerous but can cause rapid fire. Turpentine, flammable and harmful to aquatic organisms. Fuel oils and diesel, harmful to aquatic organisms. Acetylene, flammable.

The legislation

Swedish legislation measures to prevent major chemical accidents based on the so-called "Seveso II Directive" adopted by the European Union.

The directive has been legalized under Swedish law and in ordinances regarding measures to prevent and limit the consequences of serious chemical accidents. Ortviken paper mill is covered by this legislation.

According to the directive, members of the general public that risk being affected by a serious chemical accident must be informed regarding what safety measures will be taken and what they should do in the event of an accident.

The directive specifies two requirement levels. Operations at the Ortviken paper mill fall under the higher requirement level and a safety report has therefore been submitted to the appropriate authorities. The safety report is based on risk analyses and technical safety reviews of operations within the mill area.

As an operator, the mill is obligated to prevent the risk of serious chemical accidents. In the event of a chemical accident, the company is obligated to limit the consequences to peoples' health as well as the environment. The company is also obligated to cooperate with the municipal fire and rescue service.

Fire and Rescue Service

It is the task of the fire and rescue service to prevent fires and other accidents and the consequences thereof. Preventative measures are also a high priority for the fire and rescue service, which involves reducing societal risks while simultaneously preventing new accidents.

The work methods of the fire and rescue service can be explained in five steps:

  1. Prevent accidents
  2. Injury prevention measures
  3. Fire and rescue preparation efforts
  4. Fire and rescue response
  5. After every accident/response