Certain industrial activities involving dangerous substances, including within North Wales, Nuclear, have the potential to cause accidents. Some of these accidents may cause serious injuries to people or damage to the environment. Much has been done to help prevent industrial accidents and to minimise their effects.
Most sites are regulated by the Health & Safety Executive and the Natural Resources Wales to ensure that industrial sites are safe. One of the regulations is called Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH). These type of sites require a plan to respond to a major accident affecting the site and reduce the impact on the surrounding community. Health and Safety Executive – COMAH
Before an emergency
Specific sites, identified by the HSE, will contact the neighbours and communities near their site and provide them with relevant guidance regarding actions to take during an emergency. If your property is within the Public Information Zone, the site will have contacted you. If you have any questions contact us.
During a Major Accident
If you are located within the Public Information Zone (identified by the Health & Safety Executive), the emergency services and the site operator may contact you to:
- go indoors and close all doors and windows
- turn off all ventilation systems and extinguish all naked flames
- ensure all sources of ignition are turned off, i.e. central heating systems, pilot lights, electric appliances, burning, welding/cutting equipment
- only leave your building in the event of fire or major damage to it
- tune in to local radio for information
- ensure that any visitors to your premises are made aware of any instructions given
- follow any instructions given to you by the emergency services
- if advised to do so, be prepared to evacuate and follow instructions given
After an emergency
See: After an emergency