Over a 10 year period, 9 in 10 Netherlands-based chemical companies have broken safety protocols with 7% accruing at least 40 infringements.
Conducted as a research between VU University and Leiden University criminologists, the period covers the years between 2007 – 2017, and range in infraction from dangerous gas leaks and overdue machine maintenance to poor fire protocol. In the study, 494 companies, ranging in size from behemoths like Shell and AkzoNobel to small firms, accrued 7,362 infringements. This comes to an average of 15 per company.
€4.5 million will be added by the social affairs ministry for inspections of dangerous chemical handling facilities.