Training Natech

Risk Assessment for Natural-Hazard Impact on Hazardous Chemical Installations


16th -17th February 2017, Ispra, Italy

On 16-17 February, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre provided training to participants from the Czech Republic, Spain and the UK on “Risk assessment for natural-hazard impact on hazardous chemical installations”. This training was organized at the JRC’s premises in Ispra, Italy, in the frame of the EU Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre’s Support Service.

The impact of natural hazards on chemical installations has caused major chemical accidents worldwide. This so-called “Natech” risk is increasing due to more industrialization and climate change. This has been recognized in a recent amendment of the EU Seveso Directive in which the need to protect chemical installations against the risks of natural hazards has been rendered more explicit, as well as in the Sendai Framework for Action which explicitly includes technological and cascading risks.

The training was specifically designed with a view to support Member States in the frame of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, as well as to assist them in the implementation of the Seveso Directive. More specifically, the training


  1. Familiarized the participants with the concept of Natech risk and introduced different Natech risk-reduction options.
  2. Presented the JRC’s RAPID-N framework for rapid Natech risk assessment and mapping and demonstrated its use for screening for Natech risk hot spots in countries and regions by providing hands-on training.
  3. Built capacity in identifying, preventing and preparing for Natech risks on specific sites and across a geographic area.

The JRC will continue to offer this training either in small groups or bilaterally, if a country is interested. For further information please contact Elisabeth Krausmann:

RAPID-N can be accessed free of charge at: