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Dispensing petrol as a fuel: Health and safety guidance for employees

Do you work at a petrol filling-station or any other site where petrol is stored and dispensed as a fuel?

If so, this leaflet is for you. It explains what you and your employer need to do in order to safeguard your health and safety and that of others.

Petrol - the dangers

What you need to know

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act your employer has a responsibility towards you, both to take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety, and to equip you to do your job without danger to yourself or others.

You also have a duty to look after your own safety and that of others.

Risk assessment

Your employer has a legal responsibility to carry out an assessment of the risks arising from the operation of your site and to take steps to eliminate or control those risks. You should inform your employer if you identify any potentially dangerous situations which are not being controlled. The essential steps to the risk assessment are:


You should have received training on the correct safety procedures for any of the following tasks for which you are responsible:

A record of this training should be maintained by your employer.

You also need to know...

Personal protection and hygiene

Do make sure you have the information and training needed to carry out your duties safely. If in doubt, ask.

Don't carry out any task for which you have not been properly trained. Don't assume you know the dangers or the correct safety procedures.

Dispensing petrol safely

If you are under the age of 18 you should not be left in sole charge of a filling-station.

Before a petrol dispenser is used (whether by you or by customers) you should make sure there is no danger. Control has to be constant to prevent dangerous situations occurring.

Make sure that...

Always check carefully that there is no danger before you start the petrol dispenser and during its operation.

Fire precautions

There should be:

Make sure you know what you are expected to do and who you should inform if there is a dangerous incident.

Further information

More detailed information is contained in the booklet, the APEA/IP Code of practice for the design, construction and operation of petrol filling stations, available from The Administrator, Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration, PO Box 2, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 5SF.Additional single copies of this leaflet version of this document are available free from HSE Books. It is also available in priced packs of 15, price £5.00 (discounts available for multiples), from HSE Books, ISBN 0 7176 1098 5.

HSE priced and free publications are available by mail order from HSE Books, TSO Customer Services, PO Box 29, Norwich, NR3 1GN, Tel: +44 (0)333 202 5070 Website: (HSE priced publications are also available from bookshops and free leaflets can be downloaded from HSE's website:

Further advice can be obtained from HSE offices (see under Health and Safety Executive in the telephone directory). For other enquiries write to HSE's Information Centre, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ..

This document contains notes on good practice which are not compulsory but which you may find helpful in considering what you need to do.

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© Crown copyright This publication may be freely reproduced, except for advertising, endorsement or commercial purposes. First published 02/97. Please acknowledge the source as HSE.

Published by the Health and Safety Executive.

INDG216 C338 2/97

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