HSE publishes report on safety and environmental standards for fuel storage sites

Published:  15 December, 2009

The HSE has published the report Safety and Environmental Standards for Fuel Storage Sites, compiled by the Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG). The main purpose of the report is to specify the minimum standards of control which should be in place at all establishments storing large volumes of gasoline.

The PSLG also considered other substances capable of giving rise to a large flammable vapour cloud in the event of a loss of primary containment. However, to ensure priority was given to improving standards of control to tanks storing gasoline, PSLG has yet to determine the scale and application of this guidance to such substances. It is possible that a limited number of other substances (with specific physical properties and storage
arrangements) will be addressed in the future.

It also provides guidance on good practice in relation to secondary and tertiary containment for facilities covered by the CA Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Containment Policy.

The formation of the Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) in September
2007 was designed to meet the need for an effective framework for interaction between industry, trade unions and the COMAH Competent Authority (CA); a framework in which they could carry out a dialogue to jointly develop, progress and implement meaningful, effective recommendations and practices that improve safety.

To view the full report, please click here.

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