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Abstract

The importance of inspections, as an essential part of the control of major accident hazard, is not contested. This is not merely as a "reality check", to ensure that the documents presented correspond to the situation on the ground, but also because an inspection can enable the controlling Authority to notice points not brought out in the documents, or to understand matters which are not clear from them.

Accordingly, in the "Seveso II" Directive, the importance of inspections has been reinforced, in the form of a new Article. This Article represents a move in the direction of greater uniformity of major hazard control across the European Union. While inspections remain an area of national responsibility, it was clear from early on in the discussions which led up to the Commission's formal proposal for a new Directive, that Member States felt it would be useful to discuss their inspection practice and systems, and try and learn from one another..

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Authors: WOOD M, JRC, MAHB (Major Accident Hazards Bureau), RMDS (Risk Management and Decision Support Unit), ISIS (Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety), Ispra (IT);MITCHISON N, JRC, MAHB (Major Accident Hazards Bureau), RMDS (Risk Management and Decision Support Unit), ISIS (Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety), Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: OECD Workshop on Safety Audits and Inspections. Organised by: OECD. Held at: Escuela Nacional de Proteccion Civil, Madrid (ES) 6-9 March, 2001
Record Number: 200013261 / Last updated on: 2001-05-15
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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