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Guidance for Design, Construction, Modification, Maintenance and Decommissioning of Filling Stations (Revised June 2011) - PDF Version

The Blue Book is the established technical guidance on providing information about storage and dispensing of petroleum products used as fuels for motor vehicles (including petrol, diesel and autogas (also known as LPG). It provides information on civil, mechanical, hydraulic and electrical installation issues for the planning, design, construction, commissioning, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations, together with information aimed to minimise the risks from fire and explosion, to health and to the environment.

This new publication is produced jointly by the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) and the Service station panel of the Energy Institute (EI). Considerable technical input has also been provided by UK competent authorities (the Health & Safety Executive and the Environment Agency), trade associations and professional organisations. Key technical changes in the new edition include:

  • Updates to sections covering above-ground and below-ground storage tanks to reflect industry good practice.
  • Incorporation of guidance covering fuels containing bio-components up to the allowable amounts identified in EN 228 and EN 590 (technical information is provided for fuels containing higher amounts of bio-component).
  • Development of guidance on engineered control measures for attended self-service (ASS) and unattended self-service (USS) sites. This technical guidance is in alignment with the operational guidance contained in the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) publication: Petrol filling stations guidance on managing the risks of fire and explosion (the Red guide)
  • Updates to sections on vapour recovery to reflect changes in UK legislation and the uptake of stage 2 vapour recovery.
  • Updates to sections on leak detection.
  • Introduction of an Annex on safety signs and safety information notices for signage particular to filling stations.
  • Updates to sections on LPG to ensure alignment with UKLPG Codes of practice.
  • Introduction of an Annex providing technical information on the storage and handling of AUS 32.

This third edition replaces the edition published in 2005. Although the book makes frequent reference to legislation applicable in the UK, it is anticipated that the general principles will be applicable in most regions internationally.

The revised Blue Book (June 2011) is available to APEA Members at a discounted rate, if you are not a member please go to the 'Membership' page on this website and complete the online application form and payment process to benefit from the discounted rate.

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