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Inherent capacity of a hazardous sustance or the potentiality of a physical situation to cause damages to people, property or environment.


  • RD 1254/1999. 87/216/CEE and 88/610/CEE

Source of potential harm or a situation with a potential for harm.


  • IEC 60300-3-9

The intrinsic property of a dangerous substance or physical situation, with a potential for creating damage to human health and/or the environment.


  • Council Directive on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso II Directive), Off. J. of the Eur. Comm., L10/13, 1997.

A chemical or physical condition that has the potential for causing damage to people, property, or environment.


  • HarsNet working group, 2002, HarsBook, A technical guide for the assessment of highly reactive chemical systems, Frankfurt.

A characteristic of the system/plant/process that represents a potential for an accident.

In the reference document, it is the combination of a (hazardous) material and an operating environment such that certain unplanned events could result in an accident.


  • Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1985, NY.

The danger, risk, chance, or probability of an unwanted event occurring. A hazard can be defined by the degree of probability that a certain material, activity, or condition will produce an unwanted event.


  • W.Carl Gottschall & Douglas B.Walters, Laboratory Health and Safety Dictionary, Wiley-Interscience, ISBN 0-471-28317-7

The potential for an energy flow(s) to result in an accident or otherwise adverse consequence.


  • Glossary of SSDC terms and acronyms, Oct.1984, US DOE 76-45/28 SSDC-28

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