Gravity scales for classifying chemical accidents
The paper presents the results of the activities within the EU aimed at the definition of a gravity scale for industrial accidents, for use as an analysis tool for events causing fires, explosions, toxic and eco-toxic releases from activities involving dangerous chemicals. After preliminary development and use of a scale characterised by three parameters (D for the potential danger, C for the actual consequences and M for the rescue operations) a new scale with only one index - ranging from 1 to 6 - has been agreed upon by the Committee of the Competent Authorities to be used for a further experimental period of two years. The paper describes the rationale for the scale, its possible uses, and the problems remaining.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ESReDA Seminar on Accident Analysis, Ispra (IT), October 12-14, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38533 ORA
Record Number: 199510118 / Last updated on: 1995-02-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en