Technical Report

Health & Safety Executive

HSE has been continuing its work to reshape the petroleum legislation and the public consultation is expected to be published in the last week of November. If all goes to plan, the Petroleum Consolidation Act 1928 will be repealed and with it, the need for a storage licence on retail filling stations. DSEAR will be the controlling legislation for safety on forecourts, with supplementary regulations providing some additional requirements of notification, restrictions on portable containers, reporting of incidents, as well as age restrictions.

In place of a licence there will be a certificate containing a record of the petroleum installation, which all sites will have to receive from the Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA), before the site can be operated. This will contain the essential arrangements such as storage tanks and capacities, pipework, dispenser locations, drainage systems etc. This record will remain with the site in perpetuity and will only need to be replaced if changes are made to the detailed installation. A definition of material changes that are applicable to the requirement for a new certificate will be listed on the document.

Petroleum (Petrol Stations and Storage) regulations will be introduced that require the registration of the PFS, the notification to operate or cease to operate the site as well as age restrictions, reporting requirements on leaks or spills etc and restrictions on the type and quantity of portable containers that can be filled. These regulations will be national with no scope for regional variations that are currently the cause of frustration to group operators. Under these regulations, domestic storage will be subject to licensing as DSEAR being employer led does not apply to domestic storage.

The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L.133 for unloading of road tankers is subject to review as required in the Lofstedt report, although significant changes are not expected. The first meeting to review this ACOP is to take place on the 5th December.

Energy Institute Service Station Panel

Five yearly review of publications

Two guidance documents have undergone review and are currently subject to consultation amongst industry groups. PEIMF members are welcome to receive copies to enable comments to be made. The two documents, ‘Guidance on Environmental Management at Petrol Filling Stations’ and ‘Guidance on the Investigation and Remediation of Petrol Filling Stations’ have been produced in draft by Environ, for the Institute.

New Guidance

Several new pieces of work are being produced and these are at various stages of production

  • 1.’Several new pieces of work are being produced and these are at various stages of production’is currently being prepared. The original guidance for E5 and B5 is no longer considered sufficient to accommodate the increased percentages of bio product and the experience gained from storage over recent years, which will be incorporated into the new guidance. The eventual introduction of E10 will herald an increased need for vigilance on possible leakage from joints and gaskets which have been shown to degrade under constant contact with ethanol vapour. This project is at the early stage of its development and will be available for comment later in 2014.
  • 2. ‘Guidance for an Incident Action Plan for Responses to Fuel Receipt, Storage and Dispensing, Incidents at Retail Filling Stations’is another new piece of Guidance being produced to assist retailers in having an emergency plan of action, as required by DSEAR. This will cover all potential incidents including large and small spillages, fires, misfueling, uplifting of product, impact damage, underground leaks and many more. The first draft of this document is expected in December with a view to publication in 2014
  • 3. The ongoing work to produce new Guidance for the Inspection and Testing of Safety Critical Equipment on Retail Filling Stations is near to completion in its first draft. This is an important document for contractors as well as retailers and PEIMF members are encouraged to comment on the draft as soon as it is available. As the guidance will indicate where regular maintenance is required, contractors have an important role, both in the production of the guidance and the provision of service to retailers.

BSI PTI / 2 Committee Fuels Standard

A task force has been set up under the BSI/2 Committee, to investigate a spate of diesel vehicle break downs through blocked filters. The pattern of break downs is mysterious because it is only occurring in certain areas and to certain vehicle types. The Task Group comprises representatives from Motor manufacturers, Oil Companies and blenders, additive producers, retailers and contractors. In these incidents, the problem is occurring in the vehicles but not being found in retail storage. Some PEIMF members have provided valuable information. The work continues in order to find a solution before the severe weather sets in.

Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group

PELG met three times in 2013 to discuss a range of items that needed guidance to enforcement officers and retailers. The full range of PETEL circulars that had previously been held on the HSE website have been reviewed and those that are still current have been published in a new format and under the PELG banner. It has also reviewed Energy Institute draft guidance that was subject to consultation, produced guidance on measures to deal with previous foam filling of tanks that may be less than complete as well as recommending changes to the technical guidance. PELG next meets on the 9th January 2014.

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