Secrecy over CIMAH safety reports

One-third of the safety reports submitted to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under legislation on major accidents have been judged to be inadequate, according to a Commons answer by junior Employment Minister Patrick McLoughlin.1 But he refused to disclose the identity of the firms involved.

The duty to prepare safety reports was imposed by the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards (CIMAH) Regulations 1984, which implemented the 1982 EC "Seveso" Directive. The reports are intended to evaluate the on-site and off-site risks posed by installations deemed to be the most hazardous, and to show what steps operators have taken to prevent a major accident and mitigate its consequences.

The reports were due in by July 1989, an

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