Accurate and detailed information on past accidents can provide essential information for improving safety. It is an effective practice for analysing safety of both well-known chemical processes as well as newer technologies. Process complexity, process innovation, the installation of new equipment, changes in surroundings (such as population) and other forces present ongoing challenges to the proper recognition and prioritisation of potential failures and their consequences.
Examples of types of lessons that can be obtained from past accidents include:
- Increasing understanding of physical and chemical processes
- Identifying weaknesses in essential equipment or control technology
- Identifying weaknesses in training, safety procedures, communications, and other organisational aspects
- Identifying trends to drive change in practices and regulations
Link to eMARS site: https://emars.jrc.ec.europa.eu