HSE makes heavy weather of CIMAH safety reports

More than two-thirds of the safety reports prepared by companies under legislation dealing with major industrial hazards have yet to be confirmed as adequate by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) almost three years after they were submitted, according to a parliamentary answer by junior Employment Minister Robert Jackson.1

The duty to submit safety reports was imposed on firms operating "top-tier" hazardous installations by the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazard (CIMAH) Regulations 1984, which implemented the 1982 EEC "Seveso" Directive. The reports should evaluate the on- and off-site risks posed by the installations and spell out the accident prevention and mitigation measures adopted by operators.

The reports were due in by July 1989, and a tota

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