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Review of chemical emergencies management structures

The Major Accident Hazards Bureau of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a "Review of chemical emergencies management in the EU Member States".

The review collates material gathered over a number of years from studies of procedures for manageme...
The Major Accident Hazards Bureau of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a "Review of chemical emergencies management in the EU Member States".

The review collates material gathered over a number of years from studies of procedures for management of chemical emergencies in the Community's Member States. The studies were carried out within the framework of the major accident hazards Directive (Seveso Directive), adopted in 1982, which requires Member States to notify the Commission of major accidents in a number of industrial sectors. The Commission analyses the causes and effects of these accidents, and circulates information for the benefit of all Member States.

The present review concentrates on experience in the chemical industry, and aims to improve communication and understanding of the issues of emergency planning and response throughout the EU, by making existing information more widely available and user-friendly. The review examines the legal background and structures of emergency planning and operations in each Member State, before looking at lessons learned from emergency management. The book also examines the reporting forms in use in the Member States, and lists the original studies and references used in compiling the review.
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