Control of Major Accident Hazards and Performance Indicators: the case of Transmission Pipelines

  • Georgios A. Papadakis
  • Jan Spiekhout
  • Juergen Wettig
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A greater use of pipelines conveying dangerous substances is developed in the EU. European Council and Parliament examine the possibility to include pipelines in legislation dealing with major-accident hazards. The Commission studies have shown a large variation in the degree to which Member States cover the essential controls. The most important elements to be harmonised at Community level are requirements and agreed performance measures for monitoring the Safety Management Systems in accordance with the principles of “Seveso II” Directive. Areas to be covered include hazard identification, risk analysis, prevention measures, emergency planning and requirements for design, construction, operation, maintenance, inspection and prevention of third-party interference. Pipeline Integrity Management Systems used in industry include pro-active and reactive performance indicators.


Performance Element External Interference Commission Study Dangerous Substance Safety Management System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios A. Papadakis
    • 1
  • Jan Spiekhout
    • 2
  • Juergen Wettig
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Production Engineering & Management, Industrial Risk ManagementTechnical University of Crete, University CampusChania CreteGreece
  2. 2.Marcogaz, Technical Association of the European Natural Gas IndustryBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.European Commission, Civil Protection Unit (ENV.D.3)Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response (Seveso II Directive)BrusselsBelgium

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