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§ 19 Verifications

The responsible party shall determine the need for and scope of verifications, as well as the verification method and its degree of independence, to document compliance with requirements in the health, safety and environment legislation. When verifications are deemed necessary, they shall be carried out according to a comprehensive and unambiguous verification programme and verification basis.
The operator shall establish the verification basis for the overall activities after assessing the scope, method and degree of independence of the verification. The operator shall also carry out an overall assessment of the results of the verifications that have been carried out.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

Verification can include control of calculations, drawings and fabrication by reviewing what has been done, as well as carrying out independent or own calculations. The verifications can also include testing of products and systems.
When the responsible party shall verify that requirements in the health, safety and environment legislation have been satisfied, this also includes verification of the internal requirements set by the responsible party to specify requirements in the health, safety and environment legislation, and which will contribute to achieving the goals and strategies for health, safety and environment established by the responsible party. Requirements are stipulated for e.g. establishment of goals and strategies and for stipulating internal requirements in the supplementary Management Regulations.
As regards the scope of verification, this will depend on the type of requirement. For example, there will normally be a need to verify compliance with requirements in the health, safety and environment legislation in these technical areas.
As regards the degree of independence, this normally entails that the verifications shall be carried out by a party other than the one that has carried out the work to be verified, or the party that has prepared the verification basis, as well as there being organisational independence for reporting in the line. One important assumption is that the unit carrying out the verification, shall have the necessary competence and resources to accomplish this.
Emergency preparedness against acute pollution also means checking that the various emergency preparedness elements work in practice and as intended. The most suitable verification technique should be used in each individual case, and it may extend from a simple writing desk exercise checking that response times for emergency preparedness resources can be met, to full-scale drills with participation of all relevant parties. See also Section 23 of the supplementary Activities Regulations.