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The Chemical Industries Division of  HSE's Hazardous Installations Directorate is responsible for all inspection and enforcement in the following industry Sectors: 

  • Chemical production
  • Oil Refining and associated onshore oil-related industry
  • Paints and Coatings Production
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Fertilisers
  • Compressed Gases
  • Hygiene/Cleaning materials
  • The storage of chemicals and their transport by road.

There are three field Units within the Division which have been set up on a geographical basis:

HID CI1 – based in Edinburgh, which covers Scotland and the North East as far as North Yorkshire; plus Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  (Borders, Central, Cleveland, Cumbria, County Durham, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Grampian, Gtr Manchester, Highland, Lothian, Lancashire, N Yorkshire, Northumberland, Strathclyde, Tayside, Tyne & Wear)

Address: Belford House, 59 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3UE. 

HID CI2 -  based in Bootle, Merseyside, which covers Wales, plus Western England from Merseyside and Cheshire down through the West Midlands to the South West of England.  (Avon, Anglesey, Cheshire, Clywd, Cornwall, Devon, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Merseyside, Powys, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, W. Midlands)

Address: Building 2, Floor 2, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside L20 7HS. 

HID CI3 which covers Eastern England from West Yorkshire and Humberside to Kent in the South East, and as far west as Dorset.  (Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, E Sussex, Essex, Gtr London, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Isle of Wight, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, S, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, W Sussex, W Yorkshire)

The addresses quoted refer to the 'home' office for each of the three team.  HID CI inspectors are also based at other HSE offices within each region.

In addition, there are a further 2 field support teams CI4 and CI5, which are also based at HSE's Merseyside HQ, in Bootle, Merseyside.  We also have a number of staff, also based in Bootle, whose focus is on the development of policy in dealing with the hazards inherent within the sector.

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Updated 2020-09-15