This page provides access to health and safety information relating to the onshore chemical manufacture and storage industry.

Relevant industries

This site relates to the following industries:

  • oil refining and petrochemicals
  • paints and coatings
  • pharmaceuticals
  • fertilisers
  • compressed gases
  • other general chemicals

The site does not cover the incidental use of chemicals in other places of work or the offshore oil and gas industry.

Seveso II directive

The European Commission has launched the second study in its review of the Seveso II Directive (96/82/EC), implemented in Northern Ireland through the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000.

Changes to chemical labelling - June 2015

Extensive information on this topic can be found on the HSE website -


Chemical labels are changing - How will this affect you?

Key Legislation

Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.