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Knowhow - guidance - precedents

15 JUN 2015


The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 - Guidance on Regulations (L111) is revised guidance on the COMAH Regulations, which has been published by the HSE. It can be downloaded from the HSE website. Changes that have been introduced include:

  • the list of substances covered by the Regulations has been updated and aligned to the CLP Regulation;
  • some definitions have been changed;
  • there are transition arrangements for safety reports;
  • for emergency planning, there is a new requirement for co-operation by designated authorities (Category 1 responders, as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004) in tests of the external emergency plan;
  • there are stronger requirements for public information including a duty for lower-tier establishments to provide public information. There are provisions for electronic access to up-to-date public information;
  • the domino effects duty is broader, including a duty for members of a domino group to co-operate with neighbouring sites to share relevant information;
  • stronger requirements for the competent authority on inspection;
  • after a major accident local authorities must now inform people likely to be affected.

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