The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the initial findings from the safety alert it issued to operators of fuel storage depots in February 2006, following the explosion and fire at Buncefield in December.
The initial findings show a generally good level of compliance with current standards at facilities similar to Buncefield, says the HSE, though the Environment Agency has found some deficiencies in bunding and environmental awareness through its own inspection.
There were five instances where compliance levels were not to the required standard, and direct action has been taken by industry and the COMAH Competent Authority to address this.
The review also recognised aspects of current industry and HSE guidance that could be strengthened. HSE is reviewing the guidance with industry representatives and intends to provide clearer guidance as soon as possible, with revised published guidance by mid-2007.
The full report is available on the HSE website.