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Document ID (ISN)101912
CIS number 03-844
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2173-1
Year 2003
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 092
Author(s) Brazier A, Waite P.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Safety report regime - Evaluating the impact on new entrants to COMAH
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2003. vi, 51p. Illus. Price: GBP 15.00.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This report addresses the impact of writing a Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH, see CIS 00-24) safety report on the views and perceptions of duty holders. A group of new entrants to COMAH was identified as the ideal target group. Questionnaires were sent to 303 establishments; the response rate was 50%, with 66% for the target group. 43 interviews were also carried out. 90% of establishments had made some changes to their arrangements for major accident hazards as a result of COMAH. 55% commented that without COMAH these changes would not have happened, or would have taken much longer. The study suggests that although writing a safety report helps to systematically identify where changes are needed, it can also lead to delays in implementing changes to the way safety is managed. The financial impact of COMAH on industry has been significant, and the judgement as to whether this represents value for money is finely balanced.
Descriptors (primary) legal aspects; plant safety organization; major hazards; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; report; responsibilities; questionnaire survey; legislation; economic aspects
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Major hazards
Risk evaluation