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.
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).