This handbook presents the collective work of the European Working Group on Land-Use Planning and discusses the activities towards more consistent land-use planning decisions through more understandable risk assessment approaches and data. The purpose of this book is to assist the EU Member States, especially those which do not have a consolidated system of approach, scenarios and criteria to assess the Land-Use Planning (LUP) cases, in complying with the requirements of the Seveso Directive.
The handbook begins with a general chapter that explains its overall purpose and scope, and, in particular, the importance of the accident scenario in risk assessment for chemical accident prevention and preparedness. The subsequent seven chapters provide common reference scenarios for each of 6 types of dangerous substances commonly used throughout the European Union. The final chapter describes a benchmarking exercise in which eight different teams of experts from regional and national authorities of the EU conduct risk assessments for land-use planning on two fictitious sites using the common reference scenarios in this handbook.