Petroleum Industry

On 1st April 2020, new regulations for fuel retail and distribution companies came into effect, with significant implications for Dangerous Substances Licences applications. While these regulations are expected to increase safety standards for employees, the general public and the environment, the licence application process is anticipated to become slightly more complicated and onerous for operators of these premises. These new regulations, S.I. No. 630/2019 repeal and replace the 1979 regulations and make a number of significant changes to the petroleum sector. We offer a full range of workplace consultancy services at competitive prices for organisations within the Petroleum Industry.

Our services include:

Health and Safety Audit

An effective Health & Safety Audit will outline the main areas of non-compliance and will act as an action plan for correction of any current problems within your workplace. At HSFC, our full qualified and experienced consultants can ensure that you are legally compliant under the current Health and Safety legislation. We can provide a comprehensive workplace auditing service to ensure legal compliance and that “best practice” is being achieved

On completion of the Health and Safety Audit inspection, you will be issued with a high written inspection sheet (if necessary) outlining any immediate concerns, then shortly afterwards a typed audit report will be issued outlining the findings / observations and corrective action required

Our consultancy services range from providing a one-off work place audit or if preferred, an indefinite service over an extended length of time. Dependent on your needs, we will sit down with you in partnership and tailor the consultancy to your requirements. This implementation plan will be developed in partnership with your safety representatives / safety team at a pace and timetable that suits your requirements. If required, we can train individuals to become competent Health and Safety representatives for your business. We can also assist with the development of a comprehensive implementation plan stemming from the recommendations of the health and safety audit.

Risk Assessment

Under the new regulations a comprehensive risk assessment completed by a competent person is to be submitted with all new licence applications and licence renewals. These risk assessments must be carried out in accordance with several guidance documents outlined in the regulations and must indicate proposals to make the site as safe as practicable in line with industry standards. A Risk Assessment also forms part of your Safety Statement and is a legal requirement under Section 19 of the 2005, Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act.

The purpose of a Risk Assessment is to outline how to undertake work activities in a safe and efficient manner. At HSFC, we will prepare and develop your Risk Assessment using the following process:

  • Identifying the hazards, associated risks & evaluating the risk, e.g. low, medium or high.
  • Assessing who may be harmed and why.
  • Assessing current control measures and where appropriate developing new control measures.
  • Recording the findings.
  • Evaluating & reviewing as necessary.
  • A Risk Assessment can be undertaken as part of your Safety Statement or if you already have a Safety Statement in place can be undertaken separately.

Safety Statement

Employers need to be aware of, and stay fully compliant with current Health and Safety legislation as well as current employment legislation. Many SMEs are still not up to date in this area. Safety Statements have been required by law of all companies since the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 and more recently the new Safety, Health and Welfare Act, 2005. The safety statement is effectively a company’s documented Health & Safety Management programme for ensuring the safety, health and welfare of all its employees whilst at work. Similar to NERA, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) enforces these regulations, and has recently penalised and fined hundreds of companies throughout Ireland for not being health and safety compliant.

At HSFC, we can prepare your Safety Statement to comply with all current Health and Safety legislation. We can provide a one-to-one personal and professional service where one of our experienced consultants will visit your business premises to review your operations. Through this visit, our consultant will account for all the potential hazards and risks that your employees may be exposed to during the course of their duties and that all appropriate risk assessments are developed. From this, a company specific, fully compliant, comprehensive Safety Statement will be prepared to meet your requirements.

Competent Person Training

Under the new regulations, all employees within the oil industry should be aware of the potentially serious dangers involved in accepting fuel deliveries on a forecourt. The HSFC Competent Person training course will help to ensure that you and your staff are responsible, vigilant to the hazards and understand the procedures expected by your local enforcement agency.