Staffing and fatigue at onshore major hazard establishments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
HSE has produced new guidance on how to manage onshore major hazard establishments subject to the Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015 (COMAH) during the coronavirus outbreak.
The guidance is particularly important for establishments that are part of the critical national infrastructure.
It covers the potential overall increase in risk to COMAH establishments during the coronavirus outbreak from:
- reduced staffing or loss of key staff
- increased staff fatigue
Operators should assess the risks to:
- ensure continued safe running of establishments
- determine worst-case scenarios when some or all operations may need to stop
This new guidance is for short-term variations to the assessment and management of fatigue and staffing. It is for operators to use during the coronavirus outbreak only. It gives them basic guidance to help make quick risk assessments for peak short-term demand.