Oil storage – be safe, be legal!


Correct storage of fuel is a legal requirement. As of September 2004, oil storage regulations changed affecting fuel users on industrial, commercial and institutional sites who store more than 200 litres of oil above ground.

For comprehensive advice on oil storage regulations and oil storage best practice you can visit the following sites:

These changes were introduced to reduce the catastrophic effect oil spills can have on the environment. In 2000, a sixth of all pollution incidents occurred through the incorrect storage of oil. Spills like this are toxic to small plants and animals and leaks into rivers can decimate the river population.

Oil storage regulations are there to protect your staff and workplace by creating a safe fuel storage system. Stopping leaks will also save your business money.

The Environment Agency is the government body that enforces the oil storage regulations. It also exists to advise companies on bringing their oil storage up to standard.

Frequently asked questions

The following are some of the common questions Bayford is asked with regards to oil storage:

Q - What is a bunded tank?
A - A bunded tank is contained within a surround that is capable of holding 110% of the storage capacity of the tank.

In domestic and small industrial tanks, this usually consists of a doubled skinned tank. In larger industrial fuel storage the bunding is usually constructed of masonry, steel or strong plastic, coupled with an impervious bottom to prevent any oil spilt from the tank, polluting the surrounding area.