It's important to keep up to date with current standards and legislation. ISO 14001 was first published in 1996 and specifies the actual requirements for an Environmental Management System. It applies to those environmental aspects which the organisation can control and over which it can be expected to have an influence.
ISO 14001 is often seen as the cornerstone standard of the ISO 14000 series. However, it is not only the most well known, but is the only ISO 14000 standard against which it is currently possible to be certified by an external certification authority. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.
This standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to implement, maintain and improve an Environmental Management System. Prior to implementing ISO 14001, an initial review or gap analysis of the organisation’s processes and products is recommended, to assist in identifying all elements of the current operation and if possible future operations, that may interact with the environment, termed environmental aspects.
Oil Storage Regulations
Since September 2005, the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations (2001) have applied to all oil and fuel stored at an industrial or commercial site in England and Wales. In Scotland the similar Water Environment (Oil Storage) Regulations (2006) applied fully from April 2010.
Although differing slightly, both sets of regulations have much the same effect on how oils and fuels are stored. The following is a brief overview which should help when selecting drum and IBC storage products.
- All containers storing oil must be sufficiently bunded.
- The bund must hold 110% of the contents of the largest container.
- 25% of the total capacity stored, whichever is the greatest.