Reliability of accident case histories concerning hazardous chemicals : An analysis of uncertainty and quality aspects
A recent analysis of accident case histories, achieved from readily available accident lists, has exposed the fact that an accident may be described more than once in the literature. Important discrepancies were found between the various main (accepted) sources in the field of risk analysis and loss prevention. An analysis of the differences found and an assessment of the quality of accident case histories is attempted. Initially the analysis is limited to the number of fatalities, as this information is easy to measure, frequently available and lends itself to easy statistical treatment. The number of fatalities can thus be used as an indicator for the variability of the information found in accident case history reporting. It is concluded that the information on date and place of the accident is of high quality, the event description and the number of casualties are of medium quality, and the information about chemical name and amount is of low quality.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 27 (1991) pp. 339-350
Record Number: 199111488 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
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