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Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Regulations 9(1) and 10(1)

SCHEDULE 5Emergency plans

Part IObjectives of On-site and Off-site Emergency Plans

(This Part sets out the provisions of Article 11(2) of the Directive.)

The objectives referred to in regulations 9(1) and 10(1) are—

1.  containing and controlling incidents so as to minimise the effects, and to limit damage to persons, the environment and property;

2.  implementing the measures necessary to protect persons and the environment from the effects of major accidents;

3.  communicating the necessary information to the public and to the emergency services and authorities concerned in the area;

4.  providing for the restoration and clean-up of the environment following a major accident.

Part IIInformation to be Included in On-site Emergency Plan

(This Part sets out the provision of paragraph 1 of Annex IV to the Directive.)

The information referred to in regulation 9(1) is as follows—

1.  names or positions of persons authorised to set emergency procedures in motion and the person in charge of and co-ordinating the on-site mitigatory action;

2.  name or position of the person with responsibility for liaison with the Executive which is responsible for arranging for the preparation of the off-site emergency plan;

3.  for foreseeable conditions or events which could be significant in bringing about a major accident, a description of the action which should be taken to control the conditions or events and to limit their consequences, including a description of the safety equipment and the resources available;

4.  arrangements for limiting the risks to persons on site including how warnings are to be given and the actions persons are expected to take on receipt of a warning;

5.  arrangements for providing early warning of the incident to the Executive which is responsible for setting the off-site emergency plan in motion, the type of information which should be contained in an initial warning and the arrangements for the provision of more detailed information as it becomes available;

6.  arrangements for training staff in the duties they will be expected to perform, and where necessary co-ordinating this with the emergency services;

7.  arrangements for providing assistance with off-site mitigatory action.

Part IIIInformation to be Included in Off-site Emergency Plan

(This Part sets out the provisions of paragraph 2 of Annex IV to the Directive.)

The information referred to in regulation 10(1) is as follows—

1.  names or positions of persons authorised to set emergency procedures in motion and of persons authorised to take charge of and co-ordinate off-site action;

2.  arrangements for receiving early warning of incidents, and alert and call-out procedures;

3.  arrangements for co-ordinating resources necessary to implement the off-site emergency plan;

4.  arrangements for providing assistance with on-site mitigatory action;

5.  arrangements for off-site mitigatory action;

6.  arrangements for providing the public with specific information relating to the accident and the behaviour which it should adopt;

7.  arrangements for the provision of information to the emergency services of other Member States in the event of a major accident with possible transboundary consequences.

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