The Centre for Environmental Safety and Security (VLH) is concerned with physical safety in the Netherlands. Physical safety has to do with situations in which there is (a threat of) accidents and incidents and the resulting effects. Consequently, the focus is on accidents involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents (CBRN agents) and accidents with a physics background. The centre's core task is to support (local, regional, national) government in all phases of the safety chain: pro action, prevention, preparation, repression and after-care.
The Netherlands has a number of laboratories which have facilities to carry out measurements and analyses. These laboratories are organised in the Network of Laboratories for Terrorist Attacks (LLN-ta). The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) acts as the party responsible for the network's system. The Netherlands Forensic Institute [Nederlands Forensisch Instituut] (NFI), the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research [Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek] (TNO), the RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety [Rijks-Kwaliteitsinstituut voor Land- en Tuinbouwproducten] (RIKILT), the Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority [Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit ] (nVWA), the Customs Laboratory [Douanelaboratorium] and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment [Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu] (RIVM) are all affiliated to the LLN-ta. Together they provide the total analysis capacity for issues that occur in relation to a terror threat or attack in which CBRN agents play a role