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The COMAH Competent Authority

Regulating COMAH

COMAH 2015 is enforced in Great Britain by the COMAH competent authority (CA). This comprises five public bodies working in partnership;

For each COMAH 2015 establishment the CA is represented by the relevant safety body (HSE – or ONR at nuclear establishments), working jointly with the appropriate agency for the locality.

How the CA is managed

The CA is overseen and co-ordinated by the Competent Authority Strategic Management Group (CASMG). This looks across the CA and industry as whole, setting clear direction and priorities based on sound evidence. Where threats to safety or the environment are identified or opportunities emerge, CASMG sets regulatory priorities, monitors progress and reports results.

CA purpose statement

In regulating COMAH 2015 the CA is part of a modern regulatory framework that seeks to protect people and the environment from, and limit the consequences of, major accidents occurring within establishments covered by COMAH 2015.

The CA’s purpose is to deliver a safety regime aiming to:

The CA’s priority objectives for delivering these aims focus on:

The CA’s regulatory approach will ensure:

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