Safety assessment

Operators of designated upper tier major hazard facilities must conduct a safety assessment.

Operators of designated lower tier major hazard facilities must conduct a safety assessment for the purposes of preparing and implementing the Major Accident Prevention Policy.

We have produced guidance to help an operator of a major hazard facility conduct a safety assessment to understand all the risks to health and safety associated with potential major incidents and explain how those risks are reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.

Major hazard facilities: Safety assessment

Our good practice guide offers advice on how to conduct a safety assessment that meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2016.(external link) It will help an operator conduct a safety assessment to understand all the risks to health and safety associated with potential major incidents and explain how those risks are reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.

MHF: Safety assessment (PDF 1.1 MB)

This guidance is one of a suite of major hazard facility guidance that includes information on emergency planning, major accident prevention policies and safety management systems, notifications and designations, safety assessments and safety cases.