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The Seveso II Directive aims at the prevention of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances and the limitation of the consequences of such accidents not only for man (safety and health aspects) but also for the environment (environmental aspect). Both aims should be followed with a view to ensuring high levels of protection throughout the Community in a consistent and effective manner.

Member States had up to two years to bring into force the national laws, regulations and administrative provisions to comply with the Directive (transposition period). From 3 February 1999, the obligations of the Directive have become mandatory for industry as well as the public authorities of the Member States responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Directive. The Seveso II Directive has replaced the original Seveso Directive of 1982 (Directive 82/501/EEC on the major- accident hazards of certain industrial activities; OJ No L 230 of 5 August 1982).

The scope of the Seveso II Directive is defined by the presence, real or anticipated, of hazardous substances in quantities exceeding certain qualifying quantities (or threshold levels). Annex I of the Directive contains a list of named substances (Part 1) and a list consisting of generic classification criteria for substances and preparations such as toxic, explosive or flammable (Part 2).

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Authors: CHRISTOU M (EDITOR), JRC-Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19650 EN (2000) 50pp., EURO: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the Documentation service JRC Ispra Fax:+39-0332-785818
ISBN: ISBN N/A Ref: EUR 19650
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