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.


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).


Cover page of the 25 years of chemical accident prevention at OECD image EN Cover for Corporate Governance for Process Safety Guidance
This brochure marks 25 years of OECD’s Chemical Accidents Programme.   The Guiding Principles address all aspects of preventing and managing chemical accidents.

The Guidance on Safety Performance Indicators serves as a guide for key stakeholders to determine if their implementation of the Guiding Principles has led to improved chemical safety. 

Corporate Governance for Process Safety Guidance for Senior Leaders in High Hazard Industries