Oil is the most common water pollutant, with the potential to harm watercourses and groundwaters. In addition, certain fuels, such as petrol, are highly flammable and are tightly regulated for safety reasons.The guidance in this document is applicable to all refuelling facilities and should be consulted regardless of the type of f


Additional legislation, levels of good practice and guidance may apply, depending on the:

  • type of fuel stored
  • quantity of fuel stored
  • type of facility used
  • intended use of the fuel
  • environmental sensitivity of the location.

At various points in this document it reccomends the use of spill kits and drip trays. These products are availble from us.

Section 7.3 Delivery to your tanks states

Make pollution control equipment such as spill kits (for example drain mats or sorbent materials) readily available and train staff how to use them.

Section 9.2 Forecourt drainage states

Provide appropriate pollution control equipment to deal with large and small spills, i.e. proprietary spill kits, drain mats, pipe blockers, or permanent valves on drainage systems to provide containment. 

Section 12 Incident response states

Train staff to use spill kits, drain blockers and other pollution control equipment and how to operate pollution control devices. 

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