Dutch Safety Board

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB; Dutch: Onderzoeksraad Voor Veiligheid, OVV, literally "Investigation Council for Safety") is an organisation based in The Hague, Netherlands.[1][2] The first DSB Chairman was Pieter van Vollenhoven, who served from 2005 until 2011. He was succeeded by Tjibbe Joustra, who retired in 2019; he was succeeded by former Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.[3][4]


The formation of the DSB occurred after the Enschede fireworks disaster and the Volendam café fire.[2] The DSB was formed in 2005 by a merger between the defence and public transportation safety boards. It replaced the Dutch Transport Safety Board.[5]

As of 2012 the DSB actively investigates accidents and incidents related to aviation, construction and services, crisis management and aid provision, defence, human and animal health care, industry and networks, pipelines, rail transport, shipping, as well as water. The DSB has the authorisation to investigate accidents and incidents in any conceivable field.[6]

The National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation of Ukraine (NBAAI) had requested that the DSB participate in the international investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; the DSB received formal notice of the accident from the NBAAI on 18 July 2014.[7] The NBAAI delegated the investigation to the DSB because of the large number of Dutch passengers and the fact that the flight originated in Amsterdam.[8]

As a result of the 2017 Fipronil egg scandal, the Dutch Safety Board announced on the 8th of August that an official investigation has been initiated.[9]

Areas of investigations

Operational sectors of investigations include:

  • Aviation (commercial, passenger and private aviation)
  • Shipping (inland navigation and some segments of recreational navigation)
  • Rail transport (railways and increasingly also tram, metro and light rail)
  • Road transport (due to the high number of accidents, only thematic investigations)
  • Pipelines (pipelines, public utilities included)
  • Defence (military aviation, navigation, road transport, underground infrastructure)
  • Industry and trade (heavy industry (especially process industry, labour accidents))
  • Crisis management and aid provision (performance of aid and control services)
  • Healthcare (human and animal)
  • Nature and environment (impact of aviation, marine operations, railroad and transportation)


The board acts as an autonomous organisation. Its code of conduct is established by law.

The organisation consists of a Board and a Bureau. The Board has five permanent members, the Bureau fulfills executive tasks.

See also


  1. "Contact Us." Dutch Safety Board. Retrieved on 9 June 2009. "Visiting address Anna van Saksenlaan 50 2593 HT The Hague "
  2. "History of the Safety Board." Dutch Safety Board. Retrieved on 29 April 2009.
  3. "Joustra voorzitter Onderzoeksraad" (in Dutch). NOS. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  4. Dutch government (17 September 2010). "Joustra voorzitter Onderzoeksraad voor veiligheid" (in Dutch). Dutch ministry of General Affairs. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  5. Kingdom Act Instituting a Safety Investigation Board (Kingdom Act concerning Safety Investigation Board) (PDF), to prepare a legislative proposal in order to come to one independent investigation board for disasters and major accidents
  6. "The Dutch Safety Board Archived 2 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Dutch Safety Board. Retrieved on 17 January 2012.
  7. "Investigation crash MH17, 17 July 2014 Donetsk Introduction" (Archive). Dutch Safety Board. Retrieved on 2 August 2014. "The Dutch Safety Board was formally informed on the air disaster by its Ukrainian counterpart (NBAAI) on 18 July 2014. The NBAAI also requested the Dutch Safety Board to participate in the international investigation. "
  8. "Investigation crash MH17, 17 July 2014." Dutch Safety Board. Retrieved on 22 August 2014. "Ukraine has transferred responsibility for investigating the cause of the crash to the Dutch Safety Board. The request came from Ukraine. This request was made because the flight departed from the Netherlands, and due to the large number of Dutch nationals who died in the crash"
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


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