What do we see on the risk map?
Companies storing more than 10,000 kilos of hazardous substances are shown on the risk map.
What is the risk?
Some companies are a source of risk because they store hazardous substances. These may include toxic, flammable or explosive substances. A dangerous situation arises if a hazardous substance escapes. Depending on the type of substance, there is a threat to public health if someone comes into contact with the substance, but there is also a risk of fire or explosion.
What can you do yourself?
- do not go to the accident location;
- call 1-1-2 if this has not yet been done;
- ensure that you are at least 500 metres from the scene of the accident;
- ensure that you walk at right angles to the wind (see the drawing below), away from the accident;
- you can shelter at a distance of 500 metres;
- follow the instructions of the emergency services (police, fire brigade, ambulance);
- do not return to the place of the accident until you have received the 'safe' signal.
What safety measures are there?
The government imposes rules on the maximum quantity of a certain hazardous substance that a company may store. Companies shown on the risk map must always have a permit. The company must be at a certain distance from houses, hospitals, schools, etc. A permit is also required for the storage of hazardous waste substances that come from outside the plant or location.
Companies that store hazardous substances are responsible for safety on site. The work inventory is not included in the storage standards. The work inventory is the quantity of hazardous substance used by a company in one day or the amount required for a single production quantity. The government checks whether companies comply with the rules.