Re-classification of Diesel, Gas Oil and Light Heating Oils by CPL

As flammable liquids the storage and handling fell under Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and HSG 176 “Storage of flammable liquids in tanks”

Oil Tank Supplies (OTS) as founding member of the Fuel Experts Association (FEA) were instrumental in forming a working group (FIWG) made up of other associations and industry experts with the aim and objective to lobbying the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to present measured counter arguments as to why the above changes would be a cost burden to the fuelling industry and did not comply with the Government’s policy that no new Regulation should be allowed unless there was a clear Cost/Risk benefit.

The Health and Safety Executive, the FEA and the FIWG worked together to clarify the application of HSG176 and the Chairman of the FEA is pleased to confirm that following constructive discussions the HSE has issued a formal statement dated 9th November 2016:

“Under the EU CLP Regulation which came in June 2015, there are a number of substances that now meet the criteria for classification as flammable which did not do so in the past. This is partly because the upper flashpoint for classification as a flammable liquid has been increased from 55 °C to 60 °C. The changes mean that for example, diesel, gas oil and light heating oils are now classified as flammable liquids”

Re-classification of Diesel, Gas Oil and Light Heating Oils by CPL

“For the avoidance of any doubt, where diesel fuel is stored in storage tanks with a capacity not exceeding 150,000 litres, designed to recognised and appropriate industry standards such as BS 799 Part 5, OFS T/200, EN 13341 or OFS T/100 and where the vessels were manufactured in a workshop environment to controlled standards and where there is no risk associated with the formation of a flammable oil mist, the requirements of HSG 176 do not need to be applied. Information that could be used to inform this decision would include any historical evidence of an incident due to misting as well as any other relevant guidance”

Storage of kerosene at commercial, industrial and Domestic premises

 “I am also taking this opportunity to reconfirm the position set out in HSE’s letter dated 12 February 2012 to the Chairman of BSI Committee RHE/13 on the interface of the standards detailed in both HSG 176 and BS 5410 Part 1 and BS5410 Part 2 regarding the storage of Kerosene. For installations up to 10 000 litres the provisions of BS 5410 Part 1 and BS 5410 Part 2 should be applied and for installations of a greater capacity than 10 000 litres the provisions of HSG 176 should be applied.”

Oil Tank Supplies manufactures storage tanks to the highest UK Standards including being certified to OFS T/200 and are proud to be part of an industry where there is no evidence of a fatality caused by a Diesel/Gas Oil or Kerosene static storage tank exploding in over 40 years.

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To download the statement click here.