Major Accident Hazards Bureau (MAHB)
We provide policy support and perform application-oriented research on the control of major industrial hazards involving dangerous substances with a focus on accident analysis and risk assessment for protection of humans, the environment and critical infrastructures. We are a central point for exchange and dissemination of research, events, and policy trends. Together with our network of partners and key stakeholders, we identify critical needs and emerging trends in industrial accidents with important implications for European Union and its economic interests. We play a key role in producing common guidelines, standards and management practices for regulators and industry across Europe as well as internationally. We are also a strong contributor to the development of interoperable systems for defining and analysing risks across geographic areas and industries.
In addition, MAHB’s unique experience in working with different cultures and countries in policy implementation for controlling risks makes it a highly sought-after resource for building institutional and technical capacity for neighbouring countries and emerging economies further abroad.
MAHB scientific staff are experts in chemical process safety management and risk analysis for designing prevention and mitigation control measures. This is a multi-disciplinary field that draws from the disciplines of chemical and mechanical engineering, physical chemistry, mathematics and statistics, human factors and organizational psychology, land-use planning and vulnerability assessment.