Oil Change for Building Regulations in England and Wales

4th October 2010

Harlequin Bunded Heating Oil TankClarehill Plastics Limited, manufacturers of Harlequin Oil Tanks has issued a reminder to oil tank installers in England and Wales of important changes to oil storage tank installation requirements contained within Part J of the Building Regulations.
The changes came into effect on 1 October 2010 and are the most important changes to oil tank installation requirements at domestic fuel storage installations in almost a decade. The most significant revision is the introduction of revised risk assessment criteria, which places further restrictions upon the installation of old fashioned Single Skin Oil Tanks at domestic oil storage installations, as Harlequin's John Switzer explains.
"Prior to undertaking any oil storage installation, a risk assessment must first be completed to determine whether or not secondary containment is required at new and replacement domestic oil storage installations. The revised Regulations retain all existing restrictions upon Single Skin Oil Tanks and additionally prohibit their installation at premises which fall within a Zone 1 Area of 'Groundwater Source Protection Zone', says John.
"Groundwater Source Protection Zones have been designated by the Environment Agency, to protect potable water supplies in England and Wales. Groundwater provides around 35% of drinking water supplied nationally, rising to as high as 80% of total drinking water supplies in some areas of Southern England .To ensure that drinking water remains safe to drink, it is imperative that such zones which includes wells, boreholes and springs used the public water supply are actively managed and adequately protected. There are over 2,000 Groundwater Source Protection Zones across England and Wales.
"Zone 1 areas are the most important of the Groundwater Source Protection Zones. In such zones, the new Building Regulations quite sensibly now prohibit the installation of uncontained Single Skin Oil Tanks and instead require that all new and replacement oil storage installations incorporate adequate secondary containment. As an environmentally responsible manufacturer, we warmly welcome the introduction of the revised Regulations which will serve to further minimise the impact of oil upon the environment.", explains John.
"For oil storage tank installers and oil heating technicians, the easiest way to ensure compliance with secondary containment requirements at any installation, is to install a Bunded Oil Tank.
"Harlequin Bunded Tanks are available in a choice of capacities from 350 litres to over 10,000 litres. Irrespective of model, specification or capacity chosen, Harlequin Bunded Tanks comply fully with all applicable requirements and when installed by a competent person, can assist in achieving compliance with the revised Regulations. Manufactured in the UK, all Harlequin Bunded Tanks are manufactured in an ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001, UKAS accredited production environment and are engineered to exceed the most demanding environmental requirements."
Installers can obtain further information on the new Building Regulations and how they impact upon the installation of oil heating equipment and storage tanks from OFTEC, or by contacting their local Building Control Office.

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