A Quick Look at the Requirements for the Storage of Oil

When storing oil in some circumstances in England it is important to follow the control of Pollution (Oil Storage) England Regulations.  The idea of the Regulations is to ensure that oil and fuel is stored safely so as not to cause harm to others or the environment.

There are many sections within the Regulations but here are some of the main points to consider:

  1. Oil must be stored in a container that is strong enough to make sure that it will not burst or leak when full.
  2. Oil tanks and containers must be placed inside a containment system.
  3. Valves and pipes have to be sealed to prevent leaking and placed within the secondary confinement system or used with a drip tray to catch any spills.
  4. Fixed tanks must have a sight gauge that has a valve which can be closed automatically
  5. Automatic overfull prevention devises must be used when it’s not practical to observe the vent pipe or tank.

You can read the full Regulations by following this link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/2954/contents/made.  If you are unsure as to whether the Regulations relate to your circumstances, or would like to improve and upgrade your current oil tanks to ones that meet the demands of the Control of Pollution Regulations please contact one of our team for help by calling: 01889 567700.

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