OECD GUIDANCE ON DEVELOPING SAFETY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS


This is a web-based version of the OECD Guidance for Developing Safety Performance Indicators related Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response. OECD prepared the Guidance to help improve understanding of safety performance indicators, and to help readers develop their own SPI Programmes.  
 
By viewing the Guidance on this site, readers can navigate between different parts of the Guidance. This site also contains a tool - called “My Targets and Indicators” - to help readers develop their own SPI programme by collecting indicators of interest and exporting them to a Word Document. 
 
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Why Use this SPI GuidancePerformance indicators, or measures, are extremely important for effective management of chemical risks. SPIs should be used by any company, agency or organization involved with accident prevention, preparedness and response in order to better understand whether policies, programmes and procedures designed to address risks are, in fact, achieving their desired results. This Guidance is not prescriptive but rather provides some tools to support readers’ efforts. Specifically, it includes: a suggested process for developing an SPI Programme; a menu of possible indicators; and some related guidance such as information on using metrics.
 
This Guidance has separate parts for three different user groups:
  • Industry - including large and small companies that use, handle or produce hazardous substances;
  • Public Authorities - any government body, at national, regional or local level that has a role in accident prevention, preparedness or response. (Separate guidance is available for emergency response personnel such as fire, police or medical services);
  • Communities and in particular organisations that represent the public located near hazardous installations.

This Guidance does not address what actions should be taken for accident prevention, preparedness or response. OECD has developed the Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention Preparedness and Response (2nd ed. 2003) which contains general guidance for the safe planning and operation of hazardous installations, and to mitigate the adverse effects of any accidents that do occur.