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Within the European Community, the policy response to major accidents occurrences in the process industry has been the system established by the so-called "post-Seveso" Directive. The paper summarises the major requirements of this directive and comments on its practical implementation with particular focus on the obligations concerning safety reports and major accidents notification. The Seveso Directive has created in some countries and reinforced in others a risk management scheme for process industries which is producing significant changes both in the organisation of the authority bodies and in the industry itself. The requirements of the directive oblige member countries to define the structure of the authority licensing and inspection works, as well as to improve their preparedness for emergency. The industry is reinforcing its organisation for safety and is preparing the safety reports for existing installations. But also an improvement in "passive safety" is encouraged, i.e. storing and handling of lesser quantities of hazardous substances, to reduce potential accident risks.

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Authors: AMENDOLA A, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Topical Meeting on Probability, Reliability and Safety Assessment, Pittsburgh (US), April 2-7, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34291 ORA
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