Businesses and other organisations working with radioactive or other hazardous materials are subject to specific regulations. These are enforced in Scotland by SEPA.
Control of major accident hazards (COMAH) regulations ensure that businesses:
- Take all necessary measures to prevent major accidents involving dangerous substances
- Limit the consequences to people and the environment of any major accidents which do occur
Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations establish a framework of emergency preparedness measures to ensure that members of the public are:
- properly informed and prepared, in advance, about what to do in the unlikely event of a radiation emergency occurring, and
- provided with information if a radiation emergency actually occurs.
The Health and Safety Executive also regulates health, safety and integrity issues for all major accident hazard pipelines in Great Britain, in territorial waters and the UK continental shelf.