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Comah Sites

HFR Solutions supports results driven site-safety at COMAH Sites

COMAH sites, by their very nature, operate with an increased danger threshold, due to the major hazard levels and specified risks involved. Therefore, employers operating top and lower tier COMAH sites have to be compliant with COMAH regulations and hold a duty of care to their workforce, the environment and local community.

COMAH regulations and your organisation

The main aim of COMAH regulations is to prevent or at least mitigate the effect of a major accident involving dangerous substances (i.e. chlorine, liquified petroleum gas, explosives and arsenic pezntoxide), that could otherwise cause serious damage and harm people or the environment.

Organisations where the level of dangerous substances kept or used on site is at a certain threshold, identified in the regulations, can be classified as COMAH sites. Amongst others, this includes chemical plants, petrochemical, heavy industries, chemical storage and nuclear sites.

Emergency preparedness – how well prepared is your COMAH site for handling any on-site incidents

If your organisation operates in a high-risk environment such as a COMAH site your considerations should cover challenges such as:

  • Are all the possible site-specific risks accurately reflected in our plans?
  • Are your current emergency response plans and procedures workable and fit for purpose?
  • Is the level of response equivalent to the specified risks?
  • How prepared is your organiation for handling an on-site incident or emergency?
  • Is the training relevant to your risks, but adaptable enough for the spectrum of scenarios?

HFR Solutions CIC is fully committed to assisting COMAH sites with the implementation of emergency plans, emergency procedures, incident management strategies, safety interventions measures and safe systems of work to mitigate risk and help prevent major accidents from occurring in the first place.

Improving emergency procedures and testing plans at COMAH sites

It is regarded as best practice for on-site COMAH emergency plans to be tested on an annual basis, whereas off-site plans need to be tested every three years by industry associations.

Top tier COMAH sites

If you operate a site covered by the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations, you must meet requirements for using and storing dangerous substances. This will include the production of a safety report clearly demonstrating that all necessary measures have been covered for the prevention and mitigation of major accidents, which will be submitted, to the competent authority’s should be COMAH Competent Authority (CA), comprising of the Health and Safety Executive and either the Environment Agency in England, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland.

This safety report will also include all the information that lower-tier operators include within their Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP) document.

Lower tier COMAH sites

Lower Tier COMAH sites have a responsibility to comply with various regulations, such as preparing a document setting out their policy for preventing major incidents and accidents (Major Accident Prevention Policy - MAPP). The MAPP should include a summary and reference their safety management system, which will be used for putting the policy in place. Senior management should understand and commit to the principles detailed in the MAPP and it should also be signed by the Managing Director or a similar senior manager in the organisation.

It is paramount for COMAH sites to operate and maintain extremely high levels of health and safety and effective emergency planning processes and response.  To meet these high standards, it is necessary to test your emergency plans, incident management and your response team’s capabilities using practical simulations based upon identified risks that could occur on site and are relative to your operation and industry. 

HFR Solutions CIC - Your ideal partner for COMAH organisations

Our long-standing partnerships with several COMAH sites have helped to implement emergency response solutions (through the deployment of on-site response and rescue teams, emergency preparedness procedures, plan writing or bespoke training solutions), resulting in positive outcomes and advanced methods of preparation for and prevention of operational incidents. Our expertise has helped us to identify all foreseeable risks and on-site hazards at various COMAH sites, as well as delivering effective emergency response for on-site incident management.

This has contributed towards building skills, confidence and competency levels for their on-site incident responders or site maintenance controllers.

On-Site Emergency response, incident command and safety training for your COMAH site – but much more

  • Deliver emergency management solutions
  • Write emergency response plans
  • Write rescue plans
  • Incident management training

Who enforces COMAH?

COMAH regulations are European-wide regulations, but different bodies monitor how these regulations are implemented within individual countries.

Northern Ireland produces its own regulations