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Investigation terms of reference

  1. To ensure the thorough investigation of the incident, the factors leading up to it, its impact both on and off site, and to establish its causation including root causes;

  2. To identify and transmit without delay to duty holders and other appropriate recipients any information requiring immediate action to further safety and/or environmental protection in relation to storage and distribution of hydrocarbon fuels;

  3. To examine the Health and Safety Executive’s and the Environment Agency’s  role in regulating the activities on this site under the COMAH regulations, considering relevant policy guidance and intervention activity;

  4. To work closely with all relevant stakeholders, both to keep them informed of progress with the investigation and to contribute relevant expertise to other inquiries that may be established;

  5. To make recommendations for future action to ensure the effective management and regulation of major accident risk at COMAH sites.  This should include consideration of offsite as well as onsite risks and consider prevention of incidents, preparations for response to incidents, and mitigation of their effects;

  6. To produce an initial report for the Health & Safety Commission and the Environment Agency as soon as the main facts have been established.  Subject to legal considerations, this report will be made public;

  7. To ensure that the relevant notifications are made to the European Commission; and

  8. To make the final report public.