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HSL offers support with COMAH 2015 regulations

Revised COMAH regulations came into force on 1 June 2015.

They apply mainly to the chemical and petrochemical industries, but also affect other businesses which store certain quantities of substances with hazardous classifications. Under the new regulations these classifications have changed, bringing new businesses into the scope of the directive.

The new European Directive behind these changes is known as Seveso III, and covers the control of major accidents. Previous COMAH regulations referenced the CHIP regulations to determine scope. COMAH 2015Homepage COMAH2015 references the European Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures Regulation (2008) (CLP).

Sites which newly fall within the scope of COMAH or which are newly deemed upper tier need to fully understand the requirements.

Every site of a business needs to:

  • determine whether they are in scope of COMAH 2015 and notify or re-notify the Competent Authority by 1 June 2016. Upper tier COMAH sites must prepare a safety report which demonstrates this.
  • take all necessary measures to prevent major accidents involving dangerous substances.
  • limit the consequences to people and the environment of any major accidents which do occur.

Existing COMAH sites that have safety reports due before June 2016 are encouraged to write them in a way that is compliant with COMAH 2015 to avoid additional work.

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) is part of the HSE and one of the world's leading providers of health and safety solutions to industry, government and professional bodies. We have created a set of services to help your business ensure it is fully compliant with the new regulations.

These fall into five categories:

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