Consultation has begun on The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015. The document is here.
Please note these 2015 Regulations (when enacted) will not implement:
(A) the land use planning (development control adjacent to major hazard sites) aspects – these will need to be implemented via the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations issued separately for the three devolved jurisdictions.
(B) the Directive Article 30 Heavy Fuel Oils clarification – this is already included in the existing COMAH regulations 1999 and associated Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations.
(C) the SEVESO III regime in Northern Ireland – separate Regulations will be required for this. Northern Ireland information is found here.
The key areas of change are:
– Scope – due to the move from the classification system ‘Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply)’ (CHIP) to the new classification system ‘Classification, Labelling and Packaging’ (CLP).
– Public Information – all COMAH sites to make certain information about their sites and hazards permanently and electronically available to the public.
Other areas of change relate to safety reports, notifications, emergency plans, some changes in definition of key terms (eg presence of dangerous substances) and broader duties in relation to domino effects, particularly sharing information with neighbouring sites.
Consultation ends on 27th June 2014.
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