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OECD Survey - Hazardous Substance Handling Facilities and Ownership Change

The OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents is seeking input from public authorities, industry, industry organisations and trade and labour unions via an online questionnaire. The project aims at getting a better understanding of the potential safety implications of a change of ownership in facilities handling hazardous substances.

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Process Safety Auditing Report Now Available

A step-by-step guide on the implementation and running of a process safety audit program is now available on request.

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EPSC Member Forums Now Available
A new feature on the EPSC website will enable discussion of EPSC topics and sharing of information between members.
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Public Release of Report 33 - Safety Critical Measures

An EPSC report on the identification, design, maintenance and testing of safety critical systems is now available on request.

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New CSB Safety Video on the 2010 Explosion at Tesoro Refinery

The United States Chemical Safety Board produces informative animations based on the findings from accident investigation. A newly released video shows the dangers of hydrogen induced cracking in steel assets.

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The objective of EPSC is to promote best practice in process safety across Europe in prevention and mitigation of chemical accident hazards.  The objectives are addressed in four areas:


EPSC organises member meetings across Europe in order to plan and implement work on topics which are of most value to members. These can result in a tangible output such as information sheets, internal reports, publications and international conferences.

Many of the internal reports are a practical review of member approaches to a particular topic and provide in a qualitative sense a benchmark against which companies can assess their own standing. It is also pertinent to note that the nature of the titles since 1992 has changed from predominantly technical in the early years to mainly managerial towards the latter - a trend that was signalled in 1995 by the landmark publication of Safety Management Systems.

EPSC has also been active in identifying relevant non-English process safety titles and converting these for a wider audience into English. Atmospheric Dispersion published in 1999 originally started life in French and SHE Management Systems for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises published in 2000 was a Swedish text.

Research and development

EPSC has acted as coordinator in an EU funded network, PRISM, on the topic of human factors In addition EPSC has participated in ARAMIS, a RTD project on Accidental Risk Methodologies for Industries and S2S (Safety to Safety Network).

Legislation and regulations

EPSC has played a supporting role to the European Commission in their drafting of legislation which has a relevance to and impact on process safety management. One notable example is the Seveso II directive where EPSC contributed to the Working Guidance documents produced by the Commission. EPSC also participates in the current round of mutual joint visits by authorities around Europe in order to best understand the issues and differences which are raised by Seveso II at a state level.

Experience exchange

EPSC provides a platform for development of process safety knowledge for its members and to act as a focal point for dissemination of that knowledge to the European process safety community. Involvement in the Centre's groups gives organisations and individuals the opportunity to meet safety professionals from other companies, to discuss areas of common interest and to share knowledge and experience, thus enabling informed comparisons of safety management systems and practice.