Case Study

Distillery Human Factors COMAH Compliance Support (UK)

Glenfarclas distillery is a Speyside whisky distillery in Ballindalloch, Scotland, which when translated means valley of the green grass.

Opened by John Grant in 1836, the distillery is still owned and run by the Grant family, drawing its water from a spring in Ben Rinnes mountain range. It has six stills which are the largest on Speyside and are heated directly by gas burners. The production capacity of the distillery is around 3.5 million litres of whisky per year.

SLR were contacted by Glenfarclas Distillery to provide support to them in preparing for a Human Factors COMAH scoping visit by the Health and Safety Executive.


Speyside, Scotland


Glenfarclas J&E Grant



Project Objectives:

The UK Law demands companies that use hazardous materials of the type, and quantity to lead to a major accident, must comply with the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations (2015). These major accidents include, fires, explosion, toxic release and loss of containment.

A significant part of the Regulatory focus is Human Factors, which is a critical aspect of effective hazard and operational management.

Any company that is subject to COMAH must demonstrate a robust approach to Human Factors and are subject to Human Factors Scoping visits by the Regulator. Failure to comply can result in significant cost to the company.

SLR provided an integrated team of a Human Factors and Process Safety specialists meaning that we were able to view all aspects of COMAH together whilst on site. Our integrated team were able to provide advice to the client relating to the expectations of the HSE with regards to the Human Factors scoping visit. As a result, the Distillery Manager felt better prepared for the visit and was able to address the recommendations suggested by the team.

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