Two thirds of the chemical companies investigated do not take safety regulations very seriously. They are either unaware, or they deliberately violate the rules. This statistic does not surprise Dr Marieke Kluin. ‘Studies from the United States and Denmark report similar results’, observes the doctoral candidate. She conducted research at TPM on options for encouraging companies to improve their adherence to the prescriptions. Kluin is convinced that openness about accidents and pressure from the local environment are likely to be more effective than the formal inspections.