HSE COMAH Delivery Guides

HSE COMAH Delivery Guides

This page aims to help and guide members on how to meet the requirements of the COMAH (Control of major accident hazards) regulations and the Delivery Guides which detail the responsibilities of the LPG industry. The main objective of the COMAH regulations is to prevent and mitigate the effects of those major accidents involving dangerous substances, such as chlorine, liquefied petroleum gas, explosives and arsenic pentoxide which can cause serious damage/harm to people and/or the environment.

On this page:

1) Information from the UKLPG COMAH Workshops

2) HSE presentations from the Workshops

3) Guidance from the HSE Better Regulation Review

4) Useful links

According to HSE data, the LPG industry needs to raise HSE intervention performance scores and therefore move away from ‘red' scores to achieve a consistent level of scores that falls in the upper level orange and green category. The long term objective of UKLPG in this area is to help members consistently apply safe site processes which will ultimately reduce the number of interventions and cost to industry.

UKLPG Workshops

UKLPG has run a number of workshops to promote awareness and understanding of HSE Delivery Guides, Strategic Priorities and practical guidance notes produced by the CDOIF working groups

The presentation from the HSE given at these workshops can be viewed below. The scope of their presentation is as follows: 

  • Brief overview of HSE’s strategic priority inspection programme for the chemical industry 
  • Brief overview of Delivery Guides 
  • Overview of HSE expectations with respect to the management of Ageing Plant 
  • Findings from the Ageing Plant work stream (General and LPG specific)
Better Regulation Review

The HSE have now published the full set of guidance resulting from the Better Regulation Review, this includes:

  • CoMAH Intervention Manager User Guide 
  • Performance and Recognition Framework 
  • Challenge Mechanism 
  • Guide to new CoMAH entrants 
  • Guide to what to expect from the Competent Authority 

 To view this guidance, please click here

Useful Links

COMAH 2015 regulation

This link gives up to date guidance on how to comply with the forthcoming COMAH 2015 regulation and the mechanisms which are in place for interventions: www.hse.gov.uk/comah/index.htm

Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) and CDOIF

This link provides information on the Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) and CDOIF, both of which we are involved with:www. hse.gov.uk/comah/working.htm

Safety information for industrial processes

The mechanical integrity of plant containing hazardous substances — A guide to periodic examination and testing can be found at: http://safed.co.uk/technical-guides/pressure-equipment/orhttp://eemua.org/

Ageing Plant Delivery Guide

Ageing Plant Delivery Guide Appendix 5, HSE website guidance can be found at: www.hse.gov.uk/comah/guidance/ageing-plant-app5.pdf

Plant Ageing Study

Plant Ageing Study, HSE Research Report 823 can be found at: www.hse.gov.uk/comah/guidance/ageing-plant-app5.pdf

Plant Ageing Research Report

Plant ageing – Management of equipment containing hazardous fluids or pressure, HSE Research Report RR509 can be found at: www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr509.pdf

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