New regulations on storing petrol

Oct 9th 2014 -- Annette McGill

A new law on storing petrol came into force at the beginning of October 2014.

Charities may well store petrol for mowers, vans or buses. It is easy to overlook a petrol can in a corner of a shed. But the HSE warns that petrol is highly flammable and can give off vapour which can easily be set on fire. This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is any source of ignition nearby.

The new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) apply to:

  • workplaces that store petrol where petrol is dispensed, ie retail and non-retail petrol filling stations; and
  • non-workplace premises storing petrol, for example at private homes, or at clubs/associations.

HSE advice on petrol storage

The HSE gives the following advice on petrol:

  • Don’t store petrol unless you have to.
  • If you do have to store petrol store it safely!
  • Do not take petrol into any house, flat or anywhere where people live.
  • Keep it out of the reach of children. 
  • Keep it out of direct sunlight.
  • An empty container that previously held petrol may also be unsafe because of the fumes which can remain in the container.  Keep the cap of the container securely fastened, and follow the same advice as for storing petrol.

Storing petrol at a club or association premises

You can store up to 30 litres of petrol at a club or association premises without  informing your local Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA).

You can store it in:

  • suitable portable metal or plastic containers
  • one demountable fuel tank
  • a combination of the above as long as no more than 30 litres is kept.

Detailed guidance is available on the HSE website

There also new regulations on the use of Acetyline - details are available on the HSE website.

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