Support for COMAH/Seveso sites

EEMUA member companies invariably operate industrial establishments or assets with safety-critical operations. In fact, our members own or operate many of the UK upper-tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) and/or SEVESO establishments. Overall, EEMUA’s aim is to help users improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way.

EEMUA membership can assist in meeting the requirements for legal compliance through sharing of knowledge whilst being able to challenge unreasonable expectations with the understanding that similar companies have chosen the same approach. Using EEMUA for technical networking and the sharing of good practices can help provide a degree of confidence to regulators.

Due to EEMUA’s cross-sector, cross-industry approach, member companies gain more influence when dealing with the regulator as the Association is not seen as a representative for one single industry, but a representative for industry as a whole. Therefore, membership means a company can be part of a powerful collective voice to influence regulatory and other industry bodies. EEMUA works with and is approached by regulatory authorities, government departments and other bodies to discuss issues in a collective fashion rarely possible with individual companies.

The implementation of the COMAH Regulations is enforced by the COMAH competent authority (CA), a partnership between five public bodies including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency (EA), which in turn serve to implement the European Seveso Directive within the UK.

The main aim of the regulations is to decrease the risks of potential major accidents, such as the Flixborough disaster and the Seveso disaster, that are associated with the handling of hazardous substances.

EEMUA is a member of the Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum (CDOIF) and has contributed to several publications. These are available free-of-charge from EEMUA on the links below:

For further details on how EEMUA can support your organisation, have a look at EEMUA’s membership pages or contact Deovonne Ferreira, Membership Development Executive on

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