The Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG), set up to conduct recommendations of the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board, has published its final report detailing minimum standards of safety and environmental protection for all UK sites storing large volumes of petrol.
The Buncefield oil depot in Hertfordshire, UK, has long been the hottest topic at conferences since the 2005 explosion there.
Major incidents such as the fire and explosion at Buncefield and that at BP Texas City remind those of us working in the petrochemical and major hazard industries just how important it is to ensure high standards in day to day control over the safe storage and use of hazardous materials, PSLG chair, Tony Traynor, says.
He goes on to say: Industry and regulators have worked together to develop the guidance we are publishing today in order to prevent a recurrence of such incidents. We have moved beyond the pure science and engineering responses to develop ways to prevent a future incident. We have also critically examined the leadership issues associated with delivering what has to be excellent operation and maintenance of high-hazard processes.'
The report can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/comah/buncefield/response.htm