- Regulatory activity in respect of the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulations in the chemicals sector;
- Regulatory activity where COMAH regulation has consequential or ‘knock-on effects’.
Out of scope:
- Compliance and enforcement activities that do not take place as a direct or indirect result of COMAH, or are not in some way affected by COMAH – unless they are examples of good practice that could have wider application to other regulated areas;
- Regulatory activity that is not particular to the chemicals sector, such as employment and company law;
- Sectors other than chemicals manufacturing and storage which are affected by the COMAH regulations.
Regulatory activity in this context includes action taken by national regulators or officers of local authorities, including but not limited to:
- provision of advice on compliance with the law;
- inspections of locations or equipment;
- requirements to make formal applications, or provide information;
- emergency planning;
- requirements to attend courses / obtain particular qualifications;
- enforcement proceedings taken against individuals or organisations in the event of failure to comply with regulations (we cannot consider comments on specific cases unless all proceedings have finished – but we can consider general evidence in relation to enforcement proceedings)
The review will seek to identify examples of effective, tailored and easy to understand guidance and advice for businesses, and good regulatory delivery that is risk-based, focused on achieving compliance and supporting business growth.