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Abstract

Requirements to communicate information about risks to those exposed to them, eg, workers, consumers, or members of the general public, are increasingly being used as instruments of risk management. In the European Communities, the key legislation regarding the provision of information about major industrial hazards to members of the public is the so-called Seveso Directive''. This directive essentially defines an information network which specifies the generation and transmission of information as the basis for accident prevention and risk management. The information requirements of the Seveso Directive are summarised and recent European regulatory initiatives regarding risk communication are reviewed. Two trends are identified: a horizontal one to broaden communication obligations to new areas of industrial activity and a vertical one to specify more rigorously what information should be given and in what ways. The implications of these trends for risk management in industrialised and developing countries are discussed.

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Authors: OTWAY H JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL RISK MANAGEMENT AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES, WIEN (AUSTRIA), NOV. 13-17, 1988, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOURG, DG-XIII-C-3, POB 1907, MENTIONING PAPER EN 34188
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Record Number: 1989126100000 / Last updated on: 1989-06-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en