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Calor Gas: Canvey Island

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions the Health and Safety Executive has had with Calor on (a) works and (b) levels of activity at the Calor Gas Canvey site in the last 12 months. (275632)

Over the last 12 months HSE has had regular engagement with Calor Gas Ltd’s national and site-based managers regarding safety at the Canvey Island site as part of its ongoing intervention strategy for Calor Gas Ltd. The range of topics discussed included Calor Gas’s:

Development of process safety performance indicators;

Maintenance of plant integrity, in particular plant design and the examination and testing of safety critical plant;

Management systems for dealing with plant, process and organisational change; and

Assessment of risks to people in occupied buildings.

HSE has also had a number of detailed discussions with Calor Gas’s managers and staff as part of its investigation into the release of liquefied propane gas (LPG) at the site on 27 October 2008, and in relation to the service of, and Calor Gas’s subsequent compliance with, a prohibition notice.