View Author February 2011
Safety incidents at chemical plants can have severe consequences; Seveso, Bhopal, Toulouse and Buncefield are examples which have resulted in multiple fatalities and serious environmental pollution, as well as significant costs. The Seveso II Directive has been meeting it’s objectives; major accidents have fallen by approximately 20% since 2000. However, amendments are required to ensure that the high levels of protection are maintained. Businesses need to be aware of the impact that these amendments will have on the classification of chemicals, major accident prevention policies, safety reports and emergency planning, as well as the increased inspection standards and public involvement. Although the changes will have most impact within the EU, the Seveso approach has historically been followed worldwide.