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. Domestic users with a tank holding less than 2,500 litres are not generally affected in the same way by the oil storage regulations.

For comprehensive advice on oil storage regualtions and storage best practice visit the following sites:

These changes have been implemented because oil leaks and spills can have a catastrophic effect 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 but they also exist to advise companies on bringing their oil storage up to standards.

Frequently asked questions

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.