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The main impetus to the development of information about major industrial hazards in the European Community comes from the Seveso Directive. This defines an information net-work and requires the generation and transmission of information as the basis for accident prevention and risk management. This policy development calls for the formal identification and analysis of major hazards and the communication of risk information to members of the public. This paper briefly reviews the accidents that gave rise to the Directive and shaped its content and then summarises its requirements. The status of its implementation is discussed, with special emphasis given to the Major Accident Reporting System (MARS), risk communication, and safety analysis practices in various Member States.

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Authors: OTWAY H, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT);AMENDOLA A, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: The Utility of Risk Analysis in Decision Making, Laxenburg (AT), Nov. 10-11, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 33862 ORA
Record Number: 198910232 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en