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Chemical accident prevention, preparedness and response

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  • Risks from Natural Hazards at Hazardous Installations (NATECH)

    Natural hazards such as earthquakes and floods can initiate events which challenge the safety and operation at hazardous installations. Accidents triggered by such events are known as ‘Natech’ - Natural Hazards Triggering Technological Accidents. Many natural disasters have led to major damages to hazardous installations, releases of hazardous substances, fires and explosions, resulting in potential health effects, environmental pollution, and economic losses. These impacts can also have a transboundary dimension. Natural hazards considered minor, such as lightning or freeze, have also been found to cause Natech accidents.

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  • Guidance on Change of Ownership in Hazardous Facilities

    The Guidance on Change of Ownership in Hazardous Facilities is a concise document providing a framework to assist stakeholders to identify, understand and minimise the risks during and after a change of ownership at a hazardous facility, and help make the change of ownership a better informed process.

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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

The OECD releases a Guidance on Change of Ownership in Hazardous Facilities. This Guidance is a concise document providing a framework to assist stakeholders to identify, understand and minimise the risks during and after a change of ownership at a hazardous facility, and help make the change of ownership a better informed process.

The guidance provides:

  • A list of risk drivers prior, during and after the change of ownership;
  • A set of self-assessment questions for the original owner and for the prospective owner so that they can evaluate how well their organisation is managing the ownership change;
  • A “template for transparency” as a structured approach to carrying out technical due diligence with a list of documents and information which those selling a facility should be expected to provide;
  • A list of factors for the regulators to consider before, during and after the change of ownership.


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

Brochure: International efforts for industrial and chemical accidents prevention, preparedness and response

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

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.


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