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Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH 2015) regulations 2015

These regulations implement the Council Directive 2013/18/EU on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances into the UK legal system.
This Directive, also known as the ‘Seveso III” Directive, resulted from a fundamental review of Directive 96/82/EC, the ‘Seveso II’ Directive and aim’s to prevent major accidents involving certain dangerous substances, and to limit their consequences for people and the environment.

Approximately 30 CBA member companies operating over 80 COMAH sites in the UK, which equates to almost 10% of the overall COMAH sites in the UK (866 as of December 2017). CBA formed a COMAH Safety Leadership Forum (CSLF) in 2011, which is open to any CBA member who operates site(s) subject to the COMAH regime and is open to both senior company executives and practitioners.
The aim of the Forum is to determine the impact of the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulatory regime, share information, experiences and best practice across the sector and identify advocacy positions directly relating to the major hazard regulated companies within membership.

CBA regularly run a range of COMAH specific seminars and workshops to aid compliance.

More information is available on this topic exclusivley to CBA members.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Introduction

Comprehensive written procedures should be in place for all high-risk activities, including those associated with: start-up and shut-down; normal operation; abnormal or temporary operating conditions and emergency situations. In warehousing, special consideration should also be given to activities such as: material receipt and storage; handling and repackaging; handling of defective or unsafe material; spillage; etc. This is particularly important for sites falling under the COMAH Regulations, where the potential for major accidents exists.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Introduction