New Site Development/Expansion
Hazardous Substances Consent
If you want to store or use hazardous substances at or above defined limits at your premises, you must get hazardous substance consent. This ensures that the risk to the people and environment nearby is taken into consideration before any quantity of hazardous substance is allowed at your site.
This is a separate application process from planning applications and is a key requirement for ensuring compliance with the COMAH Regulations 2015. It is also subject to the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015, the Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2015, and the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015.
The level of risk to people and environment depends on how and where hazardous substances are present and their purpose of use on the site. The process for obtaining Hazardous Substances Consent mandates that several defined parties be notified within a mandated period of time. Without this, establishments are not permitted to operate.
Our hazardous substances specialists have both the knowledge and experience in hazardous substances consent applications and variations, and working in the risk management and health, safety and environment fields keep up to date with current regulations in relation to dangerous substances.
We have worked with, and as an agent on behalf of, many organisations, each storing a range of substances. This has given us an effective and efficient system for the submission of Hazardous Substances Consent applications, ensuring that the Hazardous Substances Authority receives information on time and at the correct level of detail whether it is an update to a previous or new application.
Having gained consent for storing hazardous substances from the Hazardous Substances Authority, before you begin to physically store them you must notify the COMAH Competent Authority ahead of doing so and, again, we can guide you through the process. The best way to start is with a compliance gap analysis so that you can understand your gaps, create a pragmatic approach to working towards compliance, and make sure you have integrated the right consents and applications into your project plan.
Are you up to date?
With changes in classifications of materials regularly taking place, it is prudent to periodically check if you have drifted into requiring consent. We can help you take a look at your inventory figures to ensure you are in the clear, or help you gain the consents you need if not.