The aim of this presentation is to provide an update by the Regulator on a number of key messages affecting Major Hazard industries and Operators of Essential Services across the Chemical and Energy sectors.

The Electrical, Control and Cyber Security (ECCS) team would also like take this opportunity to highlight changes in their approach in conducting COMAH inspections and explain new ways of working, like hybrid / remote interventions, identified as a direct result of the limitations imposed on us all by the global pandemic – COVID19.

About the author:

Peter Evans joined HSE in 2005 as an Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I), Specialist Inspector of HSE’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division (CEMHD). Before joining HSE he worked for over 17 years in the field of Electrical Engineering at various COMAH establishments, across South Wales. He is a focused and committed Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET).

He is actively involved in the review, development, standardisation, regulation and enforcement of relevant good practice, key benchmark standards, European & International Standards, Codes of Practise and other sector specific guidance etc. associated with Electrical Equipment used in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres. He was involved with the Buncefield investigation at Hemel Hempstead in Dec 2005 and was the Lead EC&I Inspector for the Chevron Refinery explosion in June 2011. He is also responsible for providing HSE representation on EXL/031/03 – codes of practice and a myriad of other external stakeholders, trade associations, technical committees and professional bodies (e.g. EI, BSI, EEMUA, IET, CompEx, NICEIC etc.).

He has a unique skillset of both technical and legal expertise and excellence that is indispensable within the professional field of Engineering. Currently working as Principal Specialist Inspector for the ECCS discipline within CEMHD, heading up a nationwide team of front line ECCS specialists.