WHAT FUEL COMPANIES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHANGES TO THE DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES REGULATIONS
JIA Design Group can cover all your DSL licensing requirements, we provide the following services: Comprehensive Risk Assessment, Fire Safety Certificate, Fire Fighting Plan, Evacuation Plan, Explosion Protection Document, Electrical Safety Certificate, Petrol Vapour Recovery Certificate, Full Suite of Engineering Drawings (Site Layout, Tank and piping plans, Electrical apparatus etc)…all tailored to your specific requirements.
JIA Design Group can cover all your DSL licensing needs and provides the following services:
Comprehensive Risk Assessment
Fire Safety Certificate
Fire Fighting Plan
Explosion Protection Document
Electrical Safety Certificate
Petrol Vapour Recovery Certificate
Full Suite of Engineering Drawings (Site Location, Ground Plan, Tank Plan, Electrics)
…all tailored to your specific requirements.
WHAT FUEL COMPANIES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHANGES TO THE DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES REGULATIONS
Under the Dangerous Substances Act 1979 and 2004, a license is required touse dangerous substances. The fee for these licences is payable to local authorities. A DSL is valid for 1, 2 or 3 years, depending on the type of application sought.
What are these new regulations?
The new Regulations, S.I. No. 630/2019 and 631/2019, update to modern industry standards, and also include diesel and several “alternative fuels’” such as electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, synthetic and paraffinic fuels, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). They will also:
- Adopt a risk identification and mitigation approach which is consistent with the ‘as safe as reasonably practicable’ principle to ensure the safety of workers, consumers and contractors and the prevention of potential harm or damage to the environment;
- Remove outdated specifications and identify specific industry good practice and standards which provides clarity and reference baselines for owners, operators, licensing authorities, and regulators regarding the minimum
acceptable levels to be achieved;
- Provide clarity to industry, and establish transparent and acceptable timeframes for the processing, administering, granting/refusing of licences, and appeals concerning licence applications;
- Facilitate the establishment of more consistent and resourced implementation structures (on a national or regional basis) and the roll-out of technological
- Clearly set out the statutory roles of licensing and regulatory authorities.
The adoption of all these approaches in the new Regulations have been identified as the most effective way of the addressing the major stumbling blocks which have hindered the implementation of the 1979 Regulations over the last number of years.
Who do these regulations apply to?
and handling of flammable liquids and fuels at the following sites:
- New Kerbside retail store for purposes of sale or supply to the public
- Existing kerbside retail stores upon their next licence renewal
The regulations outlined in S.I. 631/2019 apply to stores which hold flammable liquids and fuels for the following purposes:
- Supply or sale to commercial enterprises
- Supply to the licensee’s own vehicles
- Use in any engine under the licensee’s control
What are the key changes for fuel retail and distribution companies?
Provision for diesel and biofuels are included in these new regulations. The 1972 Dangerous Substances Act only provided for the licensing of “petroleum-spirt” and “petroleum” mainly due to the highly explosive properties of these
substances. While diesel is not combustible at ambient temperatures, it still poses an environmental risk and as such, is now subjected to the same controls as other flammable liquids. The regulations also apply to the increasingly prevalent presence of bio-fuels within the Irish market. Following
industry consultation, stores are now required to comply with practices outlined in the most recent edition of the ‘Blue Book’ and ‘Red Guide’.Comprehensive risk assessment, completed by a relevant
person, is to be submitted with all new licence applications and licence renewals. These risk assessments must be carried out in accordance with several guidance documents outlined in the regulations and must indicate proposals to make the site as safe as practicable in line with industry
standards.Submission of detailed engineering drawings are to be included in all new licence applications and renewals. These are to include scale drawings of Site Location, Ground Plan, Tank Plan and Electrical Apparatus. JIA Design Group can be your solutions centre for this process.
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