What do we see on the risk map?
Some companies have transhipment points where hazardous substances are parked temporarily, e.g. in containers, before being processed or transported. All transhipment points with more than 10,000 kilos of hazardous substances on the site and with a certain risk of accidents outside the site (one in a million) 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), but always away from the accident;
- follow the instructions of the emergency services (police, fire brigade, ambulance).
What safety measures are there?
The government imposes strict safety requirements on transhipment companies, not only with regard to prevention, but also with respect to fire prevention facilities, instruction of personnel, layout of the site, etc. The companies involved are responsible – within the context of those requirements – for safety on site. The government checks whether they comply with the rules.