What are the basics of the 42nd BImSchV in Germany?


Explore with us an interesting and important part of German legislation that focuses on the environment: The 42nd BImSchV is a landmark BMUV regulation that ensures protection against unwanted air pollution or other harmful emissions from technical equipment!

The worst Legionella outbreak in Germany!

In 2013, a potentially deadly bacterial outbreak occurred in Warstein. Because the temperatures in the evaporative cooling systems of a water supply facility, were ideal for growth and a perfect breeding ground for Legionella, the bacteria spread rapidly. In just six weeks, 165 cases of unusual and severe pneumonia, known as a Legionellosis outbreak, were reported in the region. Unfortunately, three deaths as well.

This example should remind us of the need to act immediately on potential public health threats before they cause irreversible damage. The regulation came into force in 2017 and is a significant step in the right direction. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionellose-Ausbruch_in_Warstein_2013

The Legislation in Germany:

Germany has legislation, such as the 42nd BImSchV, to protect citizens from the harmful effects of evaporative cooling systems, wet separators and cooling towers.

These technical facilities can release aerosols containing legionella, which affect air quality if they are not properly monitored or operated. These aerosols can cause severe pneumonia in humans through inhalation – too great a risk not to take precautions! Companies must comply with the law, and by doing so, they protect their fellow human beings.

What measures does the regulation specify?

These include implementing measures to reduce emissions, such as retrofitting and rebuilding facilities. The law also requires regular monitoring of emissions and publication of this data.

One of the most notable provisions of the regulation is the requirement for companies to obtain permits for their emissions.

This is a crucial step in ensuring that they take the necessary steps to reduce emissions. Moreover, local authorities are also required to develop and implement action plans to combat this air pollution in their communities.

How do I clean a plant?

Cleaning evaporative cooling systems, cooling towers and wet separators can be a difficult matter. With the right process, you can meet all the requirements of the 42nd BImSchV! There are a few ways to accomplish this:

  • Chemical cleaning: This is a process that uses special cleaning chemicals.
  • Mechanical cleaning: This process involves the use of special tools such as brushes, hoses, and pressure washers.

These two options have one major drawback: in most cases, they result in increased consumption of biocides or shorter cleaning intervals to comply with limits. It is important that cleaning methods are performed regularly.

In summary:

The 42nd Federal Immission Control Ordinance is a law in Germany designed to protect citizens from harmful air pollution by setting limits on pollutants.

Air pollution is a serious problem that affects not only the environment but also public health, causing millions of premature deaths each year.

The 42nd BImSchV holds companies accountable for their pollution by requiring permits for emissions and requiring local authorities to create and implement action plans to combat air pollution.

Ultrasound assists!

HASYTEC’s AI-driven ultrasonic technology avoids organic and inorganic deposits on all liquid-bearing surfaces. This technology simplifies cleaning, thus extending service life and/or reducing operating costs of evaporative cooling systems, cooling towers and wet separators. In most situations, HASYTEC technology basically makes cleaning obsolete. The systems can then be operated with only very low biocide additions within the limits of the regulation.

It is important to note that the application of the 42nd BImSchV is a complex process and it may be advisable to consult an expert in this area to ensure that all requirements are met and that the equipment is operated safely and efficiently.

In closing, we would like to emphasize that we must continue to work to improve our air quality for the health and well-being of all citizens. #intoagreenfuture

Legislation: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bimschv_42/


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