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We want to help you stay safe by providing you with useful advice about the petroleum regulations you have to obey and we have to enforce.

This is a complex area of the law and the consequences of not following it are serious.

 We have created a series of information sheets to help explain your responsibilities in more detail.

Petroleum Safety Information Sheets

Our information sheets cover a range of different topics. Please read all those which apply to you.

Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

As most people know petrol is a dangerous substance and is a highly flammable liquid which can give off flammable vapour, even at very low temperatures.

This means there is always a risk of fire and explosion when a source of ignition is present and when ignited it can quickly cause fire, injury and loss of life.

Storing and dispensing petrol at a workplace is covered by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).  

Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014     

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 came into force on the 1st October 2014 and replaced the two existing Act and the six pieces of secondary legislation.

This legislation applies to:      

  • workplaces that store petrol and dispense it through manual or electrical pumping from a storage tank, i.e. petrol filling stations (retail and non-retail);   
  • storage of petrol at non-workplace premises, e.g. private homes, clubs, associations, etc. 

Petroleum Enforcement Authorities

East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council are the Petroleum Enforcement Authorities (PEA) for their respective geographical areas. .

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Latest Update :
06 April 2018
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