Petrol filling stations are particularly hazardous workplaces which require to be licensed by Local Authorities because they store and sell a highly flammable liquid.
- Fire and Explosion Risks at Service Stations
- Wetstock Reconciliation for Petrol Stations.
- Emergency Response Plans for Petrol Stations
- Information Note – Handling Petrol Safely
- Licensing and Petrol Storage Information Note
- Driver Controlled Deliveries – Certificate of Exemption
Further information on licensing and the Regulations applying to retail and private petroleum storage are available from the links on the left of this page.
A number of general hazards and control measures are discussed below.
|Main Types of Risk||Managing the Risk|
|Fuel Storage||Control Measures|
|The storage of petrol may pose several risks: Fire/explosion, environmental damage, health effects when handled by individuals.||Adherence to legislative requirements contained in the Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) Regulations of 1979, S.I. 311 of 1979 and when appropriate other appropriate legislation following industry best practice.
|Vehicle Movement||Control Measures|
|There is considerable movement
of cars and other vehicles on the
forecourt which could lead to accidental
collision with structures, people
and other vehicles.
|Hazardous Substances||Control Measures|
|Some items of stock and chemicals used in the car wash and for general cleaning can be harmful. Exposure to them through use, accidental spillage
or leaks, can cause respiratory problems, dermatitis or chemical burns.
|Manual Handling||Control Measures|
|The removal of access covers to storage tanks, moving LPG cylinders and positioning of large cleaning fluid containers may cause back injury or
|Slips, trips and falls||Control Measures|
|In Winter, snow and ice on the forecourt can present a risk to pedestrians from falling and from skidding vehicles. Fuel and oil spillages on the forecourt can present a slipping hazard||
|Accidents are mainly due to misuse of, or badly maintained, equipment and there is an increased risk of electric shock when using equipment externally in a wet environment e.g. commercial vacuums and car washes.||
|Fire Risks||Control Measures|
|Obstructed exits e.g. by stock and/or accumulations of packaging can prevent escape and provide fuel for fires||
|Violence to Staff||Control Measures|
|Robbery of goods or cash may place staff at risk of violence||
|Compressed Air Systems||Control Measures|
|The main risks arise from abuse of this equipment and from over inflation of vehicle tyres||