Over 500 of the MoD’s potentially hazardous sites across the UK have to carry out safety assessments under the 2002 Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations.
The task was highlighted as one of the MoD top five “key pan-departmental safety issues” in a 2011 safety assurance report. But according to a spreadsheet made available in the House of Commons, the assessments have not yet been done at Faslane and a series of other Scottish military sites.
There are said to be 30 safety sensitive “assets” at Faslane, and though a stage one assessment has been completed, no stage two assessment had been done by 14 January. Stage two is required where leaks could potentially cause “an explosive atmosphere or fire”.