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April 14, 2022

Key Considerations When Storing Oil

Key Considerations When Storing Oil


When working and operating with oil, it is vital that the contents are kept, handled, and stored safely. Due to the volatile nature of such contents, with the constant possibility of flammable or explosive combustion, legislations and regulations on storing such chemicals are extremely strict. They must be adhered to to keep those working with or in close contact with such substances safe.

Whether it be a nearby source of ignition or vapours and fumes emanating from the oils being ingested by a person, oils such as petroleum are considered hazardous substances. This is especially true when said substances are mishandled or without the proper care. This is where regulations and laws such as The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) and Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) come into play.

These regulations will apply to those who store petrol and employees who work on premises where petroleum is being stored. It is essential for owners of such businesses and establishments and employees and employees who are also working in proximity to the oils being stored to know and best understand the processes involved in storing these chemicals in different containers and how best to control spills and possible contamination.

These articles from the Health and Safety Executive give more information of the importance of properly storing oils and lubricants:

Storing oil should be treated with the highest level of concern to ensure the safety of those working alongside it. Strip Curtains Direct provide safe solutions for storing oils and effective oil storage containers and limiting contamination and spillages.

One of the first considerations that will have to be made is where oils and other similar substances will be stored and if your facilities have the proper storage facilities and equipment for the substances being stored. You will need facilities and storage units that can house and accommodate for possible spillages as a spillage could lead to a violation of the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001. Therefore, one must consider the type of storage unit and which one would suit which need as larger needs will need larger storage units and more specific chemicals will need specialised units.

For simple drum storage, units such as Drum Storage Units and Drum Storage Unit with Sump Base are the ideal storage solutions. Storing petroleum inside is inadvisable, so these weatherproof units are manufactured from robust, galvanised steel, designed to be durable and sturdy enough for outdoor storage.. The standard Drum Storage Units allow for palletised stacking or they can be set back to easily dispense liquids, lessening the chance of spillage and contamination. The Drum Storage Unit with Sump Base minimises spills and contamination by using a 1,200-litre sump unit underneath a galvanised steel grid, heightening the safety of those working alongside the oils and chemicals stored.

There are other units that can be used for storage purposes such as the IBC Storage unit.  However, no matter how secure these items might be and how many measures have been taken to prevent spills and contamination, spills can sometimes still occur. When working with flammable liquids and oils, it is vital to have an additional safety measure, such as a spill kit.  We would recommend the Workshop Spill Kit which contains absorbent sheets and towels, disposal bags and a mobile bin for easy disposal of the cleaning kit.

Storing oils effectively and adequately should be one of, if not due to the highest safety priority in the workplace due to the volatile, flammable, and dangerous nature of the substance.

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