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The European Community has had an effective policy since 1984 for the control of major hazards. This policy is based on an EC Council Directive, commonly known as the Seveso Directive, which defines an information network and requires the generation and transmission of information as the basis for accident prevention and risk management. The Directive resulted from a series of major accidents which occurred in the EC in the mid-1970s, demonstrating the need for a harmonised policy for the control of potentially hazardous installations. These accidents, and their common characteristics, are reviewed. The requirements of the Directive are summarised. The Directive has been periodically amended as experience has been gained of major accidents around the world, eg Bhopal, Mexico City, Basel. The content of these amendments is presented and the status of the Directive's implementation is discussed.

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Authors: AMENDOLA A, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT);OTWAY P, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT);TESTORI-COGGI P, CEC, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Workshop on "Policy Responses to Large Accidents, Laxenburg (AT), Jan. 16-17 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34645 ORA
Record Number: 198910446 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en