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This "Technical Guidline on Reporting Accidents to the MARS Database" intends to perovide the local database owner of MARS 4.0 ie: the Competent Authorities of the participating countries, with technical background information on which type of information should be included in the MARS 4.0 database fields; in other words, how the headings of the data reporting forms should be interpreted.


The European Commission's Major Accident Reporting System (MARS) is based on the requirements of EU Directive 96/82/EC ("Seveso II") and dedicated to collect in a consistent way data on major industrial accidents involving dangerous substances from the Member States of the European Union, to analyse and statistically process them, and to create subsets of all non-confidential accidents data and analysis results for export to all Member States. In its new version 4.0, MARS represents a modem information exchange and analysis tool which is made up of two connected parts: one for each local unit (i.e., for the Competent Authority of each EU Member State), and one central part for the European Commission. The local as well as the central parts of this information network can serve both as data logging systems and, on different levels of complexity, as data analysis tools.

While the functioning of the MARS 4.0 software tool is described in "C. Kirchsteiger: MARS 4.0- An Electronic Documentation and Analysis System for Industrial Accidents Data, EUR Report, Ispra, 2001", the report in hand gives definitions on the technical background of the data to be reported. The overall aim is to obtain a better understanding of and consistency in the way how accidents are reported to MARS.

Additional information

Authors: KIRCHSTEIGER C, JRC-Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19768 EN (2001). Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation Service JRC Ispra (IT) FAX:+39-0332-785818
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