OECD chemical safety guidelines updated

International guidelines on safe chemical plant design and operation and emergency response have been re-issued by the Paris-based OECD. Among several new sections, they now cover transboundary and international issues including cooperation, transport interfaces, pipelines and port areas. Emergency response is also covered exhaustively. The guidelines were first issued in 1992. According to the OECD they have been developed by experts including representatives from the EU and are "very widely used". They are being issued in English and French versions. See OECD Guidelines for Chemical Accident prevention and Response.

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