A UK Task Group has called for industry to implement eight key actions at major petroleum storage facilities, following the investigation into the Buncefield fire last December.
The joint Industry and COMAH Competent Authority (CA) Task Group called for the actions in response to the findings contained in the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board's (MIIB) report.
The actions are designed to further improve safety and environmental standards, and "provide a significant challenge to industry", said the Task Group. They relate to:
Details of the actions can be found in the Buncefield Standards Task Group: Initial Report at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/comah/alert.htm
The Task Group recommends and the CA requires immediate action at sites with bulk petroleum storage tanks that could be overfilled leading to a significant vapour cloud. These sites will now have to implement the recommendations by the deadlines set out in the report. Industry representatives have agreed to complete them and the CA will be monitoring industry progress closely to ensure the enhanced safety standards are introduced on time.
Under the CA's direction, the Task Group set out to undertake a review of facilities like Buncefield to ensure they operate correctly. The actions recommended today are the first results of this work. The Task Group will make final recommendations to industry aimed at enhancing safety and environmental standards by July 2007.