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Implementation Of The Seveso III Directive

The Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations 2015 came into force on Monday 1 June 2015 – implementing the majority of the Seveso III Directive.  The Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations 1999 (as amended) were revoked effective from Monday 1 June 2015.

The new Regulations can be found here.  There is new legal guidance to support the Regulations – L111 3rd Edition – this can be found here.

The key changes in the Regulations are;

  • The scope is defined by the CLP Regulation, rather than CHIP
  • Designated authorities (Category 1 responders, as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004) must cooperate in testing external emergency plans for Upper Tier sites
  • All establishments, including at Lower Tier, must make key information permanently and electronically available to the public via an IT system hosted by HSE
  • Some definitions have changed such as Top Tier becoming Upper Tier

Further information and guidance on these Regulations, including new FAQs will be placed on the Seveso IIIwebsite in the coming weeks, please check back for updates.

The first phase of the public information requirements of the Regulations can be found here, this is being rolled out in a phased delivery approach and current COMAH operators will be contacted to tell them what they need to do.

The land use planning requirements of the Seveso III Directive are the responsibility of DCLG for England, and the devolved administrations for Scotland and Wales.

The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015 covering England can be found here and the accompanying guidance here.

The Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations covering Scotland can be found here and the interim online guidance here

 

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