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GPG5 - Works and maintenance in or near water

These guidelines cover construction and maintenance works in, near or liable to affect surface waters and groundwaters. Surface waters include rivers, streams/burns, dry ditches, lakes/lochs, loughs, reservoirs, ponds, canals, estuaries and coastal waters. Groundwater is all water below the surface of the ground in the saturation zone and in direct contact with the ground or subsoil.

Section 4 deals with Oils and Chemicals

In England,  who store more than 200 litres of oil in oil storage containers.

In Scotland, who store any volume of any kind of oil (excluding uncut bitumen). More prescriptive requirements apply to industrial, commercial and institutional sites storing over 200 litres of oil. The regulations also apply to domestic premises storing more than 2,500 litres of oil.

In Northern Ireland, who store more than 200 litres of any kind of oil (excluding uncut bitumen) in oil storage containers including drums and IBCs. The regulations also apply to domestic premises storing more than 3,500 litres of oil;

Detailed guidelines concerning above ground oil storage can be found in our guidance GPP2, see Reference 11.

Section 4.1 states

Biodegradable oils. If possible use biodegradable lubricant and biodegradable hydraulic oil in plant when working in or near watercourses. Biodegradable oils are less toxic than most of the synthetic oil but should still be stored and used to the same standards as other oils and prevented from entering the water environment. 

Section 9 states

"If you are using oils and chemicals in close proximity to the water environment, store a suitable spill kit or absorbent materials nearby. Provide appropriate temporary storage for any oils and chemicals. Contain all spillages using absorbents such as sand, soil or commercially available booms or pads.."

Throughout this document there are references to spill kits, absorbent pads and booms. All of these products are available from us.

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