Operational risk appraisal (Opra)

The Environment Agency uses Opra to assess the risk to the environment from sites they regulate with environmental permits.

This collection was withdrawn on

Opra has been replaced as part of the Environment Agency’s strategic review of charges.

Attendance levels for technically competent managers

Until we publish new guidance on attendance levels, continue to use the 3 Opra attributes of complexity, emissions and location to calculate the attendance levels for technically competent managers of operations authorised by bespoke permits.

See Opra for EPR publications for which sections still apply to waste operations and waste installations.

The operational risk appraisal (Opra) assessment provides a risk rating which the Environment Agency (EA) can use to allocate its regulatory resources and to determine how much a business will be charged for an activity.

Opra looks at what activity is being done, where it is done and how it is done. This allows the Environment Agency to target resources at those facilities that pose the greatest risk to the environment. The EA work with good performers so they can continue to protect the environment effectively and improve their performance. The EA take action against unacceptable performance.

Published 3 April 2014
Last updated 2 July 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added link to charging scheme.

  2. First published.