Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

COMAH environmental legislation

COMAH environmental regulations

This page provides links to key pieces of environmental legislation relating to Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH). The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legislation register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Environmental management systems and environmental reports

Northern Ireland

European Community Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation) 1272/2008.(PDF, 6.6MB) Requires manufacturers, importers and users to follow United Nations criteria for classifying, labelling and packaging hazardous substances and mixtures.

Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015/325

These regulations require businesses to take steps to control the major accident hazards involving dangerous substances. They apply to establishments where dangerous substances are present in quantities at or above the threshold levels set out in Schedule 1 of the regulations

Planning (Control of Major-Accident Hazards) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2009/399. Increases the range of dangerous substances for which consent must be obtained for storage or processing and puts tighter controls on the amounts allowed before consent must be obtained.

Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2010/329. Corrects an error which was introduced by the Planning (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2009/399. Provides transitional provisions for operators affected.

Scotland

European Community Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation) 1272/2008. (PDF, 6.6MB)Requires manufacturers, importers and users to follow United Nations criteria for classifying, labelling and packaging hazardous substances and mixtures.

The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015

These regulations require businesses to take steps to control the major accident hazards involving dangerous substances. They apply to establishments where dangerous substances are present in quantities at or above the threshold levels set out in Schedule 1 of the regulations

Planning (Control of Major Accident Hazards) (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2000/179. Sets out measures to control major accident hazards involving dangerous substances.

Planning (Control of Major Accident Hazards) (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2009/378. Increases the range of dangerous substances that you need consent for to store or process, the definition of these substances and the amounts allowed before consent must be obtained.

The Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

These Regulations consolidate the Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 1993 and subsequent amendments to those Regulations and make further amendments. They also implement the land-use planning aspects of the Seveso lll Directive  on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances.

Further information

Environmental legislation on NetRegs

Contact your environmental regulator

HSENI: COMAH Guidance for Northern Ireland

HSE: COMAH Guidance for Scotland

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