These regulations are applicable to any establishment storing or otherwise handling large quantities of industrial chemicals of a hazardous nature.
These Regulations apply mainly to the chemical industry, but also to some storage activities, explosives and nuclear sites, and other industries where threshold quantities of dangerous substances identified in the Regulations are kept or used.
Depending on the quantity of hazardous substances, an organisation can be considered as a top-tier or low-tier site.
Organisation must notify the competent authority that COMAH regulations apply (content defined in the Regulations).Every COMAH operator must have a major accident prevention policy (MAPP). For lower-tier COMAH sites it is a standalone document but for top-tier COMAH sites the MAPP may be included in the safety report rather than as a separate document. The MAPP can also be included in existing management systems documentation. The Safety Report must be sent to the Competent Authority (submission deadlines depend on the circumstances causing the establishment to be a top-tier site).
(2) These Regulations do not apply to any of the following—(a)an establishment which is under the control of—(i)the Secretary of State for the purposes of the Ministry of Defence;(ii)a headquarters or organisation designated for the purposes of the International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964(1) or the service authorities of a visiting force within the meaning of any of the provisions of Part 1 of the Visiting Forces Act 1952(2);(b)hazards created by ionising radiation originating from substances;(c)substances which create a hazard from ionising radiation if present on a nuclear establishment;(d)the exploitation, namely the exploration, extraction and processing, of minerals in mines and quarries, including by means of boreholes, except any of the following which involve dangerous substances—(i)onshore underground gas storage in natural strata, aquifers, salt cavities and disused mines;(ii)chemical and thermal processing operations and storage related to those operations;(iii)operational tailings disposal facilities, including tailing ponds or dams;(e)the offshore exploration and exploitation of minerals, including hydrocarbons;(f)the storage of gas at underground offshore sites including dedicated storage sites and sites where exploration and exploitation of minerals, including hydrocarbons, are also carried out;(g)waste landfill sites, including underground waste storage, except—(i)any of the following that involve dangerous substances—(aa)chemical and thermal processing operations and storage related to those operations; or(bb)operational tailings disposal facilities, including tailing ponds or dams;(ii)sites used for the storage of metallic mercury pursuant to Article 3(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No. 1102/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the banning of exports of metallic mercury and certain compounds and mixtures and the safe storage of metallic mercury
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