West Berkshire Council


Control of Major Accident Hazards

In West Berkshire there are two upper tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) sites: Petroleum Storage Depot in Padworth and Frontier Agriculture in Hermitage. These sites are classified as such due to them storing and/or using a certain level of chemicals, and as such, must abide by the COMAH regulations of 2015 to ensure they take all necessary measures to prevent major accidents involving the dangerous substances that they store and/or use.


What are the Control of Major Accidental Hazards 2015 (COMAH) regulations?

The Control of Major Accidental Hazards Regulations 2015 apply mainly to the chemical industry, but also explosives and nuclear sites, or other industries where more than the threshold quantities of dangerous substances are identified, such as some storage sites. More information on the regulations and thresholds can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.


West Berkshire Council's responsibilities

West Berkshire Council have created specific emergency plans, in compliance with the legal requirements. The plan has been written and is reviewed by the Multi-Agency Planning Group, led by West Berkshire Council, and sets out the emergency arrangements for a multi-agency response to any on site emergency with actual or potential off site consequences.

The plan itself is held by West Berkshire Council's Joint Emergency Planning Unit and contains information on responding, controlling, training and exercising and recovering from an incident at the site.