FACTS chemical accident database
FACTS is the acronym for “Failure and ACcidents Technical information System”. FACTS is an accident database which contains information on more than 25,700 (industrial) accidents (incidents) involving hazardous materials or dangerous goods that have happened all over the world during the past 90 years.
The main objective of the FACTS chemical accident database is to learn from accidents or incidents and to prevent them in the future.
Not only analyzed and documented accidents involving severe damage or danger, such as BLEVES, major spills, huge explosions and derailments, are included, but also near-misses. The quality of the information on recorded accidents is also related to their seriousness and impact. For the most serious accidents detailed information is known; 3,00,000 pages of background information is stored, most of it electronically and remains available for further research purposes.
FACTS contains more than 25,700 accidents and can be used as an in-house reference system. The accidents are coded in abstracts making the existing data suitable for risk analysis, risk management, damage prevention and statistics. The abstracts are very accessible, so that even the most complex accidents are easy to comprehend.