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This study comprises a review of accidents involving chlorine that can be found in various accident data collections. Basic material has been obtained by interrogating FACTS, MHIDAS and SONATA databases and reviewing the Störfälle Handbuch. Other sources such as CDCIR bulletins, the EPA acute hazardous events database, the accident inventory of the French Ministry of Environment, and journals and text books on safety-related issues have also been utilised. This comparison shows that none of the existing publicly accessible accident data collections includes all accidents. The probability of an accident being recorded in an accident data collection increases with the severity of its consequences, but even major accidents can escape recording. In the absence of a structured accident reporting system there are many difficulties in collecting complete and accurate accident reports. Therefore there are many limitations that must be seriously considered when using data from these sources for statistical purposes. On the other hand, accident databanks are extremely useful for identifying priorities and diffusing the knowledge for effective accident prevention policies.

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Authors: DROGARIS G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14444 EN (1992) 100 pp., FS, ECU 10.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-4403-0
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