A chemical accident can have effects on-site or off-site. These effects can lead to serious consequences for individuals (workers or the population nearby) and for the environment. The authorities cooperate at the different operating stages, but they also pay attention to issues such as environment, safety, ...
- The Federal State is competent for the protection of workers as well as for the preparation and coordination of the contingency plan, in close cooperation with the federal services of the province governors .
- The Regions are competent for environmental protection on-site and off-site, as well as for the protection of the population nearby.
If an emergency situation occurs, the operator will try to control the situation as quickly as possible at the technical level.
He has therefore an internal contingency plan at his disposal, which is integrated into the contingency plan of the authorities.