The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 2015 came into effect on 1 June 2015 and contain some new or changed duties including:
- the list of substances covered by the Regulations has been updated and aligned to the CLP Regulation
- some definitions have been changed
- there are transition arrangements for safety reports
- for emergency planning, there is a new requirement for co-operation by designated authorities (Category 1 responders, as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004) in tests of the external emergency plan
- there are stronger requirements for public information including a duty for lower-tier establishments to provide public information. There are provisions for electronic access to up-to-date public information.
- the domino effects duty is broader, including a duty for members of a domino group to co-operate with neighbouring sites to share relevant information.
- stronger requirements for the competent authority on inspection
- after a major accident local authorities must now inform people likely to be affected