24 March 2010 16:02 [Source: ICIS news]
By Andy Brice
LONDON (ICIS news)--The 1984 Bhopal gas leak in India was the chemical sector’s most significant disaster ever and laid the foundations for legislation critical to the high safety standards seen today, the head of the Major Accident Hazards Bureau (MAHB) at the European Commission said on Wednesday.
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“It was also perhaps the most damaging accident to the image of the chemical industry. Usually people are worried about pollution and the long term effects of the industry, not the threat to life,” he said.
ICIS Chemical Business highlights some of the most significant accidents over the past few decades, and considers how these have helped to drive legislation and new safety practices in the industry.
Others of note include the Seveso disaster in
Christou points out, however, that it was the
It also contributed in the development of the Risk Management Program rule in the
The 10 disasters are: Feyzin, France (1966), Flixborough, UK (1974), Seveso, Italy (1976), San Juanico, Mexico (1984), Bhopal, India (1984), Schweizerhalle, Switzerland (1986), Baia Mare, Romania (2000), Enschede, Netherlands (2000), Toulouse, France (2001), Texas City, US (2005).
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