Committee meeting 28th August 2014
HSE Reviews and Consultations
HSE published its consultation CD 271 following the review of the code of Practice ‘Unloading Petrol from Road Tankers’. This review had taken into consideration the views of the Trade Union representing tanker drivers, retailers’ representatives, suppliers & hauliers. Changes have now been made to the original edition, with a strong recommendation from the Task Group, that stakeholders follow the code – particularly when there are several duty holders working together. The Code references two EI documents, ‘Guidelines for an Incident Action Plan for Receipt, Storage and Dispensing Incidents at Retail Filling Stations’, and ‘Design and Operating Limits for Retail Fuel Storage Tanks’. L133 is expected to be republished in time for the introduction of the new legislation on 1st October 2014
The proposed Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 have completed their journey through the parliamentary process and will now come into force on the 1st October 2014. Initially, site operators will be unaware of significant changes as their current licence will remain in force until its expiry. Then it will be seamlessly replaced with a non-renewable Storage Certificate, which will only expire if material changes are made to items on the certificate or if the site ceases to store petrol for more than twelve months.
Energy Institute Service Station Panel
The panel continues to oversee several new documents being drafted, two of which are nearing publication. The ‘Design and Operating Limits for Retail Fuel Storage Tanks’, is now almost complete in order to meet the criteria for being referenced in L133. This has had to take into consideration the many small storage tanks still in use, which could not be included in the scope of the document. To do so would reduce their already minimal capacities for storing fuel.
The ‘Guidelines for an Incident Action Plan for Receipt, Storage and Dispensing Incidents at Retail Filling Stations’, are mostly covering operational matters for petrol retailers and which will assist them in compliance with the requirements of DSEAR.
The ‘Guidance for the Storage & Handling of Biofuels at Filling Stations’ is now in its first draft for the panel to review and comment. This work takes the guidance beyond the first edition to cover a higher bio percentage. It will ultimately be available for wider consultation.
Oil Care Committee (OCC)
Twenty years since its formation, the Oil Care Campaign is reviewing the outcome of its work and is proposing to hold a anniversary conference in 2015 at the Motorcycle Museum. Companies are invited to take stand space (see page 38)
Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group
PELG was engaged in some of the work required to underpin the changes to legislation, including forming a sub group to prepare seminars around the UK to raise awareness of the changes to Petroleum Enforcement Authorities and some group operators.
A circular has been prepared for publication on the Safety Implications of the use of Electronic Cigarettes on Forecourts which will be published on the PELG page of the EI website. The guide strongly recommends the prohibition of E-cigs on the basis that
a) They have not been certified as intrinsically safe and
b) are most likely to cause confusion for motorists and site operators, not necessarily being able to differentiate between them and real cigarettes when monitoring at a distance from the dispenser.