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Petroleum distribution installation personal protective equipment requirements

Outsourcing of petroleum product distribution and inter-company loading mean that greater numbers of people can access and work at distribution installations. This has resulted in some variation in personal protective equipment (PPE) used by them and uncertainties over whether it is fit for purpose. To help resolve these difficulties, listings of PPE requirements have been developed.

To clarify PPE requirements to operators of distribution installations.

The listings comprise personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for routine operations at distribution installation operational areas. The listings are intended for visitors, road tanker drivers, inspectors, supervisors, operations staff, maintenance contractors, etc. and provide information on equipment specifications and application and intended use. The listings are supplemented by additional guidance provided in the "Precautions in use".

The listings were first published in 2005. They have been revised in 2013 following a consultation process involving members of the Energy Institute's Distribution and Marketing Safety Committee and Distribution and Marketing Committee. This version is also included in the EI Model Code of Safe Practice in the Petroleum Industry Part 2: Design, construction and operation of petroleum distribution installations (4th Edition).

The listings should be used by operators of distribution installations as a means of communicating PPE requirements to those who access them or work there. The requirements may, for example, be included when drawing up contracts with distribution contractors. They should therefore encourage consistency across the sector.

The listings should be used as part of a task risk assessment process, which should also consider:

  • The necessary level of protection offered by different pieces of PPE where more than one possibility is specified.
  • Possible incompatibilities between components of a portfolio of PPE (e.g. for eye protection).
  • The possibility of PPE increasing risks to other hazards (e.g. using hearing protection that provides excessive attenuation which reduces the likelihood of hearing vehicles, such as road tankers). 

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) Listings (PDF 521 Kb) [ Show summary ]