BRZO is the dutch translation of the European Seveso III directive. As from the 1st of June 2015 the new policy is in place with several significant changes compared to the Seveso II directive. Changes in regulations and any future obligations are limited to the following:

  • The transition to EU-GHS classification for hazardous substances according to the CLP directive 1272/2008.
  • Extension of the list of named substances in Annex I, Part 2 (including biogas with natural gas quality and heavy fuel oils);
  • The major accident prevention policy (PBZO) to be revised every five years (Article 8);
  • Companies are explicitly supposed to work together in informing the public and neighbouring businesses on possible domino effects (Article 9). This was seen until recently as a government task;
  • Emphasis is on enforcement and therefore the rules of government inspection have been tightened (Article 20) and non-routine inspections are explicitly mentioned (paragraph 6);
  • The VBS element 'Performance monitoring' now requires the use of performance indicators (Annex III);
  • Interim changes to the VR must 'immediately' be handed over to the authorities (Article 10, paragraph 5).

A special obligation is informing the public. It is a chain responsibility from plant to government, citizens and also to each other not only because of a possible domino effect, it is also applicable on the basis of plant responsibility.

In her letter to the Lower House of January 6, 2015 Mansveld, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment, underlined the importance of the industries’ responsibility of informing the public; according to her, the sector needs to fulfill that given responsibility.

Although the emphasis of communication still remains with the government, it is important that companies realize that the information from the Safety Management System, for instance Protecs, should be available for steak holders. Article 14 of the Seveso III directive states so.