European legislation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization
and Restriction of Chemicals, REACH) requires companies to
investigate the risks of the substances and take possible measures.
Companies that buy chemicals, need to know the risks and what they
can do to prevent them. More information about REACH can be found
in the topic on our website.
Accidents involving dangerous substances
For companies working with hazardous substances specific
regulations exist regarding the prevention of major accidents
involving dangerous substances. Depending on the amount of
hazardous materials within a company, the "Hazards of Major
Accident Decree 1999" (Brzo 1999, this is the Dutch
implementation of Seveso II) or the "Additional Risk
Assessment and Evaluation (ARIE) applies.
On June 1, 2015, the revised European Seveso Directive, Seveso
III, will take effect. That means that Brzo - the Dutch translation
of the directive - will have to be modified on that date. This is
currently taking place. A new aspect is that BRZO firms have to use
indicators to monitor their safety. RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment
supports the Ministry of
Social Affairs and Employment on this topic.
Major hazard control model
For accidents involving dangerous substances in BRZO
companies a special model was developed in accordance with
the Storybuilder method, the MHC model. This model is designed for
the Major Hazard Control (MHC) Directorate of the Labour
Inspectorate. The database that holds the analyzed accidents can be
consulted as a separate database that is available through the
Storybuilder download application. It involves about 260 accidents
that occurred in the period 2004-2013. The MHC database and
Storybuilder can be used to perform your own analyses to identify
causes and improvement aspects, if desired after addition of your
own incidents or accidents.
The database is a separate database available via the