Chemical accident prevention, preparedness and response


  • Guiding Principles for Chemical Accidents

    The Guiding Principles set out general Guidance for the safe planning, construction, management, operation and review of safety performance of hazardous installations, and, recognising that such accidents may nonetheless occur, to mitigate adverse effects through effective land-use planning and emergency preparedness and response.

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  • Guidance on Safety Performance Indicators

    The Guidance on Safety Performance Indicators helps enterprises, authorities and communities to develop an approach for assessing whether the actions designed to improve safety are meeting their objectives and to help set priorities in this area.

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  • Corporate governance for process safety

    Corporate Governance for Process Safety establishes “best practices” for senior decision makers who have the authority to influence the direction and culture of their organisations.

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The OECD Programme on Chemical Accidents addresses a subject that concerns everyone who uses or handles hazardous chemicals, works in a chemical plant, or lives near one. This programme helps public authorities, industry, labour and other interested parties prevent chemical accidents and respond appropriately if one occurs.


What's new?

International efforts for industrial & chemical accidents prevention, preparedness and response

You will find in the brochure:

  • A presentatiion of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group for Industrial and Chemical Accidents,
  • All the international tools and support for industrial and chemical accident prevention, preparedness and response; 
  • A description of each organisation's expertise and programme;
  • Development of collaborative tools between international organisations to improve chemical accident prevention and mitigation of potential consequences;
  • Depiction of the challenges ahead in the prevention, preparedness and response to industrial and chemical accidents.

The Chemical Accidents Programme

The three main areas of the programme are:

  • Development of common principles, procedures and policy guidance:
    OECD develops guidance material such as the Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and responses,
  • Analysis of issues of concerns and recommendations for best practices:
    Through a rigorous selection, OECD agrees on those subjects that are relevant from an international point of view and that can derived in concrete, practical results and recommendations;
  • Information/experience sharing and communication:
    There are formal mechanisms such as an accident reporting scheme, as well as formal meetings of a working group implementing the programme on chemical accidents, numerous OECD workshops and special events to discuss subjects of mutual concerns amongst participants (including those of non- OECD countries and other International Organisations).

Key Publications

OECD Guiding Principles for Chemical Accidents Prevention, Preparedness 


Corporate Governance for Process Safety: OECD Guidance for Senior Leaders in High hazard Industry 

Guidance documents on Safety Performance Indicators for Industry


Guidance documents on Safety Performance Indicators for Public Authorities & Communities/Public



25 years of Chemical Accident Prevention at OECD - History and Outlook

This brochure marks 25 years of OECD’s Chemical Accidents Programme. It explains the history of the programme and many of its achievements since it was established in 1988.

Over the years, there have been many publications and events which have addressed various aspects of chemical accidents but there are three ‘milestone’ publications which are especially noteworthy.

The brochure also considers future activities to assist in accident prevention, preparedness and response. A key concept which sums up the way forward is vigilance. 

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