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HSE updates ACOP guidance on unloading petrol from road tankers

05 December 2014

After a period of consultation earlier in the year, the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published an updated Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on unloading petrol from road tankers as part of its revision of health and safety legislation in the wake of Professor Löfstedt’s independent review. 

ACOP L133 on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) has been simplified and brought up to date, but the legal responsibilities under the regulations remain the same.

This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance is for those people who are involved in the delivery and unloading of petrol at filling stations, including petrol station site operators, road tanker operators, road tanker drivers and the authorities who have responsibility for enforcement of DSEAR at petrol filling stations.

This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes. The guidance has been simplified to clarify what is already required in law by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) in relation to petrol unloading operations.

Key messages
·  The importance of the risk assessment
·  Roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in petrol delivery

Changes since the last edition
·  New ACOP text to ensure employers have in place, and maintain, systems to contact the emergency services
·  Removal of specific guidance on working at height as this is not a requirement of DSEAR

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