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  • A Report was Compiled in the Inter-Ministerial Liaison Council for Studying Measures for Preventing Disasters in Petroleum Industrial Complexes and Other Petroleum Facilities, and METI Requested Disaster Prevention Efforts to Related Associations and Entities and Prefectural Governments

Joint Press Release with the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and the Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareA Report was Compiled in the Inter-Ministerial Liaison Council for Studying Measures for Preventing Disasters in Petroleum Industrial Complexes and Other Petroleum Facilities, and METI Requested Disaster Prevention Efforts to Related Associations and Entities and Prefectural Governments

Under the leadership of the Cabinet Secretariat, the Government of Japan established an Inter-Ministerial Liaison Council for Studying Measures for Preventing Disasters in Petroleum Industrial Complexes and Other Petroleum Facilities, with the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) (hereinafter referred to as the Ministries) joining. On May 16, 2014, the Council compiled the results of the meetings into a report. Based on the report, the Ministries jointly requested associations and entities related to the petroleum industrial complex industry to promote efforts for preventing disasters in petroleum industrial complexes.

1. Compiling the report

Under the leadership of the Cabinet Secretariat, in light of the serious disasters in recent years, including explosions occurring in petroleum industrial complexes and other sites, the Government of Japan established in February 2014 the council, with the Ministries in charge of regulation concerning the security of petroleum industrial complexes. The Council has been discussing possible measures for preventing accidents and disasters in petroleum industrial complexes.

On May 16, 2014, the Council compiled a report concerning efforts that related associations and entities should take to tackle to prevent serious accidents from occurring as well as those that related organizations, including the central and local governments, should engage in together.

2. Request for associations and entities related to the petroleum industrial complex industry

The report points out that there are some common points among the causes for and backgrounds to recent serious accidents, including insufficient risk assessments in terms of contents and specifics, insufficient human resource training and legacy technical issues, failure in information sharing and conveyance, and the loss of substantive safety efforts. Based on these findings, the report also requests related associations and entities to carry out efforts for improving security.

Based on the report, the Ministries jointly requested associations and entities related to the petroleum industrial complex industry to promote their efforts for preventing disasters in such complexes, including formulating action plans by compiling the efforts that they should tackle. At the same time, they also requested prefectural governments to continue to promote their efforts for formulating measures for preventing disasters in associations and entities related to the petroleum industrial complex industry.

3. Future actions

The report also has streamlined specific actions that the central and local governments should collaboratively carry out. Based on the report, the Ministries will endeavor to promote their initiatives by uniting their efforts for preventing disasters in petroleum industrial complexes, including establishing a new inter-ministerial liaison council, and conducting a follow-up initiative for supporting efforts by related associations and entities groups.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release Date

May 16, 2014

Division in Charge

Industrial Safety Division, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
High Pressure Gas Safety Office, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

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