Review of COMAH Regulations Underway

The government is inviting the chemicals sector to give its views on the way the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulations are enforced.

Until 15 June, businesses within the chemical sector are invited to submit their views on COMAH via the Focus On Enforcement website, with the review set to focus on the manner in which regulation is delivered and compliance is achieved – whether this be through inspections, advice or enforcement.

It is hoped the review will identify examples of effective, tailored and easy-to-understand guidance for businesses, as well as good regulatory delivery that is risk-based and focused on achieving compliance and supporting business growth.

The business and enterprise minister, Mark Prisk, said of the COMAH review: “Focus on Enforcement’ will give businesses in the chemicals sector the chance to make a real difference to the way compliance and protection are achieved on COMAH sites, shaping how companies can best work with regulators in a successful and cost-effective way.

“I want companies in this area of business, and those that advise and assist them, to visit the website to tell us their views and suggest how we might reduce enforcement burdens and share best practice.”

However, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have stressed that the review is an important distraction from the Red Tape Challenge imitative, which invites the public, businesses and voluntary sectors to give their views on which regulations should stay, be improved or scrapped altogether.