If you live near an industrial company that is governed by the extremely stringent requirements of the Major Accident Regulations, you are entitled to information that concerns your safety.
Around 100 companies in Norway have a duty to provide nearby residents with this information. This includes companies that handle large quantities of hazardous chemicals.
These requirements only apply to companies that are covered by paragraph 9 of the Major Accident Regulations and have been instructed to prepare a safety report. If you are not sure whether this applies to a company near you, the company will be able to tell you if you ask them.
You are also entitled to a copy of the company’s safety report. The company is entitled to censor information that is a trade secret, or information that should not be made public for safety reasons.
There are around 300 companies in Norway that are covered by the Major Accident Regulations, and 100 of these have a duty to provide this information. These companies are governed by strict regulations, and are closely monitored by the supervisory authorities. For safety reasons, there is no public list of all these companies in Norway.