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UNEP Flexible Framework: chemical accidents prevention and preparedness programme

Guideline

This document the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) provides guidance for governments wanting to develop, review or strengthen their national chemical accidents prevention and preparedness programme.

UNEP is leading an international initiative to promote chemical accident prevention and preparedness. The initiative focuses on the development and implementation of a Flexible Framework for Chemical Accident Prevention, offering guidance for governments wanting to develop, review or strengthen their national chemical accidents prevention and preparedness programme.

Almost every country experiences chemical accidents each year. These occur at small facilities such as pesticide warehouses and large installations such as refineries, at public facilities (including water treatment plants using chlorine or private manufacturing facilities for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and consumer products industries), in urban settings and industrial parks or in rural areas where there might be mining operations or refrigeration facilities. The purpose of this guidance is to support countries and their governments that wants to develop, improve, or review their programme for chemical accident prevention and preparedness related to hazardous installations.The focus of the document is prevention and preparedness at fixed installations, designed to help countries establish a programme that is appropriate for their particular circumstances, including the level and nature of risks, the available resources, and the legal and cultural context. Naming the guidance “Flexible Framework” aims to reflect the fact that it is meant to be used by any country, irrespective of location, size, or level of industrialisation, with the expectation that each country would design its own programme.

Consult the guidance here.

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