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The main impetus to the development of information about major industrial hazards in the European Community comes from the so-called Seveso Directive, which defines an information network and requires the generation and transmission of information as the basis for accident prevention and risk management. This important policy development, which calls for the formal identification and analysis of major hazards and the communication of risk information to members of the public, presents new opportunities and challenges to risk analysis and research in Europe. 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 in the EC Member States is discussed, with special emphasis given to the comparison of safety analysis practices, the Major Accident Reporting System (MARS), and risk communication. Some new research directions stimulated by the Directive are identified.

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Authors: OTWAY H, JRC Ispra (IT);AMENDOLA A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Utility of Risk Analysis in Decision Making, Laxenberg (AT), Nov. 10-11, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34187 ORA
Record Number: 199010021 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en