Introduction to this document

Oil storage policy and procedure

Oil spills are extremely harmful to the environment, very expensive to clear up and often result in prosecutions. So storage, delivery and usage of oil needs to be managed very carefully.

Legal position

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001(CPOR), is the main piece of legislation that governs oil storage. It applies to commercial businesses who store more than 200 litres of oil, fuel, diesel etc. in tanks or containers outside and above ground level. Domestic oil users are generally exempt unless they are storing 3,500 litres or more of oil or their storage tanks are in a particularly sensitive area. Those failing to comply with the requirements of the Regulations can face a fine of up to £5,000. If oil is actually spilled, the polluter could be fined up to £20,000 at a magistrates’ court, in addition to having to pay the clean-up costs. The top four causes of oil and fuel pollution incidents are tank failure, pipe failure and the overfilling of storage tanks. The purpose of the CPOR is to reduce the risks associated with these incidents by ensuring that oil storage facilities are properly designed, constructed and maintained.

Oil storage policy and procedures

In order to demonstrate that you are complying with the requirements of the CPOR consider developing and implementing an Oil Storage Policy and Procedures document.