There is little further to report as the process of drafting new regulations and preparing the consultation document has been continuing. The Task Group has not met since May when the current proposals were discussed and agreed, prior to seeking HSE clearance internally. Discussion has since taken place by email communication and the public consultation is not now expected until November 2013
EI Service Station Panel Activity
Testing & Inspection of Safety Critical Equipment
This project is under way and panel members have individually taken responsibility for various sections. On completion and following wider consultation, the guidance will be published. This will assist duty holders in their maintenance requirements under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres regulations (DSEAR). This is an important piece of work for PEIMF members to engage with as their experience in forecourt maintenance will help to determine the regularity of inspections. Members wishing to assist with the drafting of the guidance should contact PEIMF.
Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG)
The committee met in May with a mixed agenda of enforcement and technical matters which included, the Local Authority Enforcement Code which had been revised by HSE and sent out for comments. Industry and some Local Authorities had responded by asking whether the Code would be mandatory on Authorities enforcing the petroleum legislation. The response conveyed the impression that this would be considered by the team reviewing the legislation.
Diesel Filter Blocking
Although by and large, the incidents of blocked filters on retail sites has reduced significantly, last winter saw a recurrence in vehicle filters becoming blocked and in some cases, leading to breakdown. The characteristics of these incidents are somewhat different to what was previously experienced, with only certain vehicles being susceptible and the occurrences being limited to certain parts of the country, mostly on the Eastern side.
The BSI PTI/2 Committee drew together a representative task group comprising representatives of manufacturers, fuel suppliers, blenders, retailers and contractors to discover and rectify the cause of this resurgence. Some PEIMF members are assisting with the exercise and others are inited to send any information which they feel could be helpful.
Downstream Oil Distribution Forum
DODF, with support from the Department for Transport, have responded to Union calls for something to be done about the training of petroleum tanker drivers. This has led to the birth of the Petroleum Drivers Passport (PDP) The scheme will go live in January 2014 with drivers being able get the necessary training leading to the issuing of a PDP passport. The scheme, which is not mandatory, relies on Oil terminals and depots refusing access to any driver without a PDP passport from January 2015. The UK terminals have in the main, agreed to the scheme and work is continuing to finalise occupational standards and assessment criteria to underpin the training provided.