Gas supply industry health and safety

In Great Britain natural gas is distributed to domestic, commercial and industrial consumers through an onshore network of buried pipes totalling around 275,000km.

This website gives information on the regulation of health and safety for the natural gas supply industry. It outlines how the hazards and risks posed by the network are controlled and describes what HSE are doing to work with industry to achieve this.

The information is aimed at duty holders who work in the gas supply industry as well as gas consumers, stakeholders and others who may be affected by it.

HSE's Energy Division (ED) is responsible for the onshore gas industry. Our strategy and priorities for the sector are set out in the Onshore Gas & Pipelines Sector Strategy 2014 - 2017 under the following:

  • Strategic context
  • Aims and objectives
  • Delivering the strategy

Storage of gas in natural strata

The onshore storage of natural gas in underground natural strata, such as depleted reservoirs and salt cavities, is subject to the Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 1999 as amended. The Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996 will apply to some of the associated pipelines.

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