Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 in Force on 1 June 2015


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Posted on 14 Apr 2015

New Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations will come into force on 1 June 2015.

The Regulations will apply mainly to the chemical and petrochemical industries, but will also affect other businesses which store certain quantities of substances with hazardous classifications.

The main COMAH duties will stay the same but there are some important changes, particularly on how dangerous substances are classified. For the first time, lower tier operators will have to provide public information about their site and its hazards meaning that both top tier (now referred to as upper tier) and lower tier operators will need to provide public information electronically and keep it up to date.

RECOMMENDATIONS

In preparation for the changes the business should:

  • Read and understand the draft COMAH Regulations 2015 and decide how they apply to your business
  • Review whether the COMAH status of your business is changing¬†
  • Consider what new information may need to be included in major accident prevention policies and off-site emergency plans
  • Put plans in place for the summary of public information that will be provided electronically by looking at what information will be required

Further information can be found on the HSE website.

Doyle Clayton can support your business with providing health and safety advice and support. Please contact Sally Beck for further information.

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