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Abstract

The Seveso II directive requires certain establishments holding hazardous substances to implement a safety management system (SMS). This paper discusses the origin of this requirement, the guidelines drawn up to help companies fulfil it, and the results of its preliminary testing. In implementing and inspecting an SMS it is important to identify SMS weaknesses and the safety culture that effects an SMS and to evaluate safety performance. The second part of this paper examines the industrial practice in evaluating an SMS. Preventive actions to control risks and policy updating within the company through strategic plans are found to be sensitive to the number and type of SMS elements taken into account as indicators. The guidelines and evaluation methods could produce useful results only when safety aspects and system elements are identified and evaluated separately of each installation.

Additional information

Authors: MITCHISON N, JRC Ispra (IT);PAPADAKIS G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries (1998)
Record Number: 199810915 / Last updated on: 1998-08-07
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en