The following guidelines are based on HSE and Fire Service guidance documents.

Quick Check

  • You can Collect and transport up to 250 litres of Fuelboxes at any one time – more if you are a contractor or commercial plant operator, farmer etc.
  • Keep FuelBoxes area away from other combustible materials
  • We recommend smaller working stocks of up to 250 Litres are kept in a locked steel flammable liquid bin to keep your FuelBoxes dry and secure. 1-2 boxes can be kept secure in a van
  • Keep large stocks in a secure, dry fire-resistant store away from other combustible materials
  • Don’t forget to include FuelBox in your Fire and Health and Safety Risk Assessments (RAMS)

 
Guidelines

This guide sets out our recommendations for the storage and use of FuelBoxes by the buyer.

FuelBox contains Red Diesel fuel packaged in a UN-approved 20 Litre rigid disposable carton with flexible inner liner. Our product is designed to provide high quality fuels in an environmentally friendly packaging system and comes as a sealed package. A supplementary dispenser tap is available.

Red Diesel is classed as flammable but is not easily ignited. In a larger fire, packaging damage may be expected and the leaking fuel may then contribute to the fire.

Collecting FuelBoxes from a supplier

Road haulage laws allow you to carry up to 1,000 litres of Red Diesel packaged as FuelBoxes as long as this carriage is incidental to your main business – i.e you are not selling FuelBoxes to others, however we would recommend you have larger palletised quantities delivered directly to you.

Road haulage laws for hazardous substances require your retailer to ship any FuelBox supplies by specialist carrier.

If you are not a commercial customer and are using FuelBoxes for your own leisure purposes, Road haulage laws are less precise, however we recommend you transport no more than 250 litres (12 FuelBoxes) in any one journey as this is consistent with transport arrangements for traditional fuel containers.

Storing and using FuelBoxes

Fire Safety law requires you to give particular consideration to products such as FuelBox as part of your fire safety risk assessment. Health and Safety law also requires you to consider FuelBox in your risk assessments. This can be part of the same risk assessment and can also be part of the main fire risk assessment you are required to carry out for your premises.

The guidelines below are based on guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive and the Fire Service.

FuelBox is an innovative product and not one which either organisation’s guidelines specifically recognise. Both the HSE and Fire Service guidelines recommend that products having properties of this nature are stored in the minimum quantities necessary to meet business needs with additional quantities kept in a secure fire resistant store.

For construction sites, small quantities of 1-2 boxes should be stored in fire resistant containers or kept in locked load compartment of vans. Where up to 250 litres are kept in store as reserve stock, the provision of a steel flammable liquid storage bin in the work area would provide a dry fire-resistant storage option.

Fire Safety law also requires you make fire-fighters aware of the location and quantity of any such substances, so that fire-fighters attending a fire out of hours will be able to fight any fire safely.

In the event of a flood, or water damage following a fire, FuelBoxes will not leak, but the outer rigid case may be weakened. Any damaged FuelBox should be carefully removed and dispensed into a suitable fuel container. The fuel will remain safe for use.

Any fuel leakage, including from FuelBoxes, should be contained with the spill kit, sand or absorbent granules, and disposed of as hazardous waste via a specialist contractor.

References

  • Health and Safety Executive [HSE]
  • HS(G)51 – Storage of Flammable Liquids in containers
  • HS(G)168 – Fire Safety in Construction
  • Department for Communities and Local Government [DCLG]

 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire Safety Risk Assessment guidance (There are a series of publications, each relating to different premises)

D R Daniel BSc CMIOSH
01788 226111