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CD266 – Consultation on draft COMAH Regulations 2015 to implement the Seveso III Directive 2012/18/EU on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, amending Council Directive 96/82/EC

This consultative document seeks views on proposed new regulations, titled ‘The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015’ to implement all but the land use planning aspects and Article 30, ‘Heavy Fuel Oils’ of Council Directive 2012/18/EU (Seveso III Directive) on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. Article 30 has already been implemented in Great Britain via a consequential amendment to the COMAH Regulations 1999, this change will be incorporated into the COMAH Regulations 2015.

The Consultative Document also seeks comments on the new public information requirements and the initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposed changes as set out in the impact assessment.

The key areas of change are:

  • 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 areas of change relate to safety reports, notifications, emergency plans, some changes in definition of key terms (eg presence of dangerous substances) and broader duties in relation to domino effects, particularly sharing information with neighbouring sites.

View the consultative document.

Respond to the consultation using the online questionnaire or download a form to complete.

This consultation began on 2 May 2014 and ended on 27June 2014

Responses should be sent by 27 June 2014 to:

Karen Tollet
Health and Safety Executive
5S2
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
L20 7HS
Email: COMAH.2015Consultation@hse.gov.uk
Updated 2015-07-20