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ZEMA began its work in the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in 1993. ZEMA records, evaluates and publishes in annual reports all events which must be reported to the authorities pursuant to the 12th Federal Immission Control Ordinance. Such reportable events are sub-divided according to their hazard potential into major accidents and disturbance of normal operation. The systematic recording and evaluation of events will provide information which acts as an important basis for a further development of the state of the art of safety technology. Between 1980 and 2011, 588 events were registered in the ZEMA database. Statistical evaluations are available for the period 1991 to 2008.
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PDF / 112 KBThe bar chart presents the number of incidents in Germany notified according to the Major Accidents Ordinance in the years 1991 to 2009. In 2009 there had been 10 Major Acidents according to Annex VI Part 1 No. I of the ordinance, 2 technical significant accidents according to Annex VI Part 1 No. II of the ordinance and 4 accidents including releases or run-away reactions according to Annex VI Part 1 No. III. The standardized rate of incidents was 8.2 incidents per 1,000 establishments (according to Art. 3 of the Seveso-Directive 96/82/EU) and therefore lower as in 2008.