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COMAH checklist


Actions to follow during an emergency

If a major accident occurs on site here is a simple checklist to follow whether you are an Upper Tier, Lower Tier or just an industrial site:

Make an initial call to the Emergency services by dialling 999

(Upper Tier sites have a duty to contact Police, Fire, Ambulance and Coastguard) however all other sites only contact the emergency services you require.

Try to give as much information as possible

The emergency services will ask a number of questions to assist in their response to your site. Know what is on your site and where it is located!

Continue with your daily business to the best of your ability

In an emergency you may have a series of actions / duties you have to follow to ensure that staff are safe and the site is secure. 

If you evacuate your site, do your staff know where they are meant to go or what to do?

Make sure staff have clear instructions.

  • If you have regular contact with neighbouring sites or residents make sure they are aware of what to do in the event of an emergency.  Consider how you will communicate with those who are affected.

If your organisation has a media department or media officer

  • Make sure they are aware of the situation and are prepared to provide a statement or speak to the press.

Consider whether an incident at your site may have any environmental impacts

  • If so be prepared to support the Environment Agency and Fire Service where possible to mitigate these effects.

Consider what will happen once the incident is over

  • Will you be able to return to business as normal? If not do you have back up arrangements in place? Consider staff welfare.

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