Are you aware that the legislation on storing petrol is changing?
Although existing health and safety responsibilities will remain the same, the new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into effect on 1 October 2014 and replace existing petrol storage legislation which will be withdrawn.
Further details on how the new regulations will affect your workplace and the storing of petrol at home or at a club/association (or similar premises) is available in our Petroleum Regulation 2014 information sheet.
Petrol is a dangerous substance, storage and use of petrol in workplaces is covered by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). Dispensing petrol into a vehicle is covered by other legislation and in addition requires a licence.
These pages tell you more about petrol:
Petroleum licences - the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 (as amended by DSEAR) requires that anyone operating a petrol filling station should have a licence issued by their local Petroleum Licensing Authority. The requirement applies both to retail and non-retail filling stations ie those that dispense petrol to the general public and those which only dispense petrol into their own vehicles. Petrol filling stations are defined as sites that dispense petrol into vehicles, boats or aircraft by electrical or mechanical means.
The licences have conditions relating to safe storage, dispensing, maintenance, record-keeping etc. The requirements of DSEAR also apply.
Prior to the introduction of DSEAR, anyone storing significant amounts of petrol required a licence. However the requirement now applies only to operators of petrol filling stations and certain non-workplace situations (see the link below relating to the Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicle etc) Regulations).
The Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicles etc) Regulations 1929, no longer apply to workplaces (including petrol filling stations). However, they do apply to the domestic storage of petrol, including vehicles parked in a domestic garage or near residential premises.
The Petroleum Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982 no longer apply to workplaces (including petrol filling stations). However, they do apply to the domestic storage of petrol, including vehicles parked in a domestic garage or near residential premises.
The Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG) is now a health and safety advisory committee hosted by the Energy Institute. It comprises representatives of the retail petroleum industry, Petroleum Licensing Authorities and the Environment Agency, with technical support from the Health and Safety Executive, where necessary. It has the aim of facilitating appropriate and consistent enforcement by Petroleum Licensing Authorities (PLA’s) through the dissemination of advice, guidance and good practice.
For further information on PELG and PETELS ( guidance circulars previously published by HSE ) visit the Energy Institute website.