HSE launches COMAH regulations public consultation

The Health and Safety Executive has launched a public consultation on the proposed new Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations 2015.

This consultation, which closes on 27th June 2014, seeks views on the implementation of all but the land use planning aspects and Article 30 of Council Directive 2012/18/EU (Seveso III Directive).

Key areas of change, include:

  • Scope – due to the move from the classification system ‘Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply)’ (CHIP) to the new classification system ‘Classification, Labelling and Packaging’ (CLP)
  • Public Information – all COMAH sites to make certain information about their sites and hazards permanently and electronically available to the public

Other proposals under consideration relate to:

  • Safety reports and notifications
  • Emergency plans
  • Changes in definition of key terms (eg presence of dangerous substances)
  • Broader duties in relation to domino effects, particularly sharing information with neighbouring sites

Have your say

This consultation began on 2nd May 2014 and you have until 27th June 2014 to have your say. Doing so is easy. Simply respond to the HSE’s consultation using their online questionnaire or download a Word document form to complete.

For more information on the proposals, download the full consultative document.

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