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COMAH templates


Plan templates

The aim of the Exteranl Emergency plans is to help the rapid deployment and co-ordination of the resources needed to help mitigate the effects of a Major Accident at an upper tier COMAH site. Within the plan it defines how responding organisations will work together and focuses on how the wider community will be supported in the event of a major accident.

The External Emergency plan produced by HEPS under the Regulations is divided into two parts:

Universal plan

The Universal plan is a supporting document for the External Emergency plan. The document is generic to all upper-tier establishments within the Humber area. It’s designed to provide the background information on the COMAH planning process and the Emergency Management Arrangements that are common to all upper-tier establishments. 

Universal plan template (pdf 1.5mb opens in new window)

External Emergency plan

The External Emergency plan provides information on the response to a Major Accident or an uncontrolled event which could reasonably be expected to lead to a Major Accident.  Contained within the plan is key information required by responding organisations to ensure they have the appropriate details to enable them to respond to a Major Accident at that particular upper-tier site.  It’s designed to contain information provided by both the site and by some of the responders.

Site specific plan template (pdf 870kb opens in new window)

Both the Universal plan and External Emergency plan, mention the Humber Local Resilience Forum Emergency Procedures Manual (EPM), the Humber Local Resilience Forum Communication Plan and the Local Resilience Forum Recovery Protocol. These define how responding organisations will work together in the event of an emergency.

The EPM, LRF Communication plan and Recovery Protocol are available on request from HEPS.

Emergency METHANE crib 

METHANE is the recognised method for passing incident information between services and their control rooms. All Category One responder's in the Humber region use this approach as it provides a more accurate initial information gathering process, resulting in a faster and more accurate response.

We strongly suggest that sites adopt this approach as well. The questions you'll be asked when making a 999 call will be based on the METHANE crib sheet. Providing your staff with the METHANE crib sheet and training them on its use will allow them to gather the correct information together before making the initial call to the emergency services. 

Emergency METHANE crib (pdf 29kb opens in window) 

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Keeping in contact with site

We keep in regular contact with upper-tier sites and like to ensure that they are kept up to date with any news or developments.


Twice a year we send out a newsletter to upper-tier sites, pipeline operators and multi-agency partners to provide them with the latest happenings in the world of emergency planning, regulations and exercises. All upper-tier sites receive the newsletter but if you’ve misplaced yours or aren’t on the mailing list you can always look over the previous issues published below.

Winter 2017 newsletter (pdf 252kb opens in new window)

Summer 2017 newsletter (pdf 225kb opens in new window)

Winter 2015 newsletter (pdf 262kb opens in new window)

Summer 2014 newsletter (pdf 232kb opens in new window)

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Site Locations

Within the Humber region there are a total of 29 upper-tier COMAH sites. To help you find out the location of the nearest COMAH site to you we’ve produced location maps for both the North and South Bank of the Humber.

Map of north/south sites

The sites on the map are colour coded to show which Local Authority they sit within.

On the North bank map green name tagged sites sit within the East Riding of Yorkshire Council boundary and the blue tagged site sits within the Hull City Council boundary.

North bank location map (Jpg 1mb opens in new window)

On the South bank map light blue name tagged sites sit within the boundary of North East Lincolnshire Council whereas the yellow name tagged sites sit within the North Lincolnshire Council boundary.

South bank location map (pdf 6mb opens in new window)

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Useful links to partner websites

Humber Emergency Planning Service works closely with all its partners. Together they help provide information that goes into the writing of the External Emergency plan. However, they also individually provide information that is extremely useful for any industrial site. We have put together a list of our partner websites for you to visit.

Major Emergency Advice

Humber Chemical Focus (HCF) along with its partners has put together a website which provides the public with the key advice on what they should do in the event of a Major Emergency.

Go in, stay in, tune in (external website)

Partner agency websites 

The Humberside Police website contains useful information on Humberside Police’s contingency plans.

Humberside Police (external website)

The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) website has information for when carrying out a fire risk assessment to determine and maintain necessary fire precautions on your premises.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (external website)

The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) website offers information on the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) which will be deployed in the event of Major Emergency.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (external website)

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) website has information on their rapid response vehicles that will be deployed in the event of a Major Emergency.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (external website)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency website has important information on the services they provide.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (external website)

The NHS England website has information on their arrangements for emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR).

NHS England (external website)

The Public Health England website has information about the specialist advice and support it provides to the emergency services and NHS.

Public Health England (external website)

The Environment Agency (EA) website contains extremely valuable information regarding flood risk and flood warnings as well as advice technical advice on environmental contaminates.

Environment Agency (external website)

Yorkshire Water has information on their website for business customers.

Yorkshire Water (external website)

Anglian Water has information on their website for business customers.

Anglian Water (external website)

Northern Powergrid has information on their website for business customers about power outages.

Northern Powergrid (external website)

Network Rail has the latest information on their website about network disruptions.

Network Rail (external website)

If you would like to know more information about how to apply for planning permission, waste disposal and permits for your site visit the website for the local authority for your area.

North Lincolnshire Council (external website)

North East Lincolnshire Council (external website)

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (external website)

Hull City Council (external website)

For more information on the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) regulations visit the Health and Safety Executive's website.

Health and Safety Executive (external website)

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