New COMAH Regulations 2015 [UK]

These are the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 and come into force on the 1st June 2015.These Regulations provide requirements in respect of the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances.

Improving control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances

These Regulations implement Directive 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances. This has repealed Council Directive 96/98/EC apart from Articles 13, 15 and 30.

Application scope of the COMAH Regulations 2015

These Regulations apply to sites defined in regulation 2(1) and where there are dangerous substances present or are likely to be present and present in quantities “equal to or exceeding the quantities in column 2 of Part 1 or in column 2 of Part 2 of Schedule 1 of these Regulations.

Sites can be classified as either ‘upper tier’ or ‘lower tier’ as stated in regulation 2(1).

The competent authorities for these Regulations with the exception of nuclear sites are:

  • The Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency in England
  • The Executive and Natural Resources Body in Wales
  • The Executive and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

For more detailed information on these Regulations please refer directly to the legislation.

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Sources:

The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/483) published on 9th March 2015 on www.legislation.gov.uk