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AndyCard  
#1 Posted : 29 December 2017 12:05:31(UTC)
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AndyCard

We have decided to park our company vehicles (Sprinter van and 7.5tonner) in our warehouse overnight. This seems a better option than risking vandalism and arson in the unsecured common access area at the rear of the premesis.  My considerations are fire risk, fuel in the tanks and exhaust emissions. This circumstance seems to fall off of the edge of the published guidance and regulations for petroleum and DEEEs, and I'm currently going with a standard risk assesment process. However, any considerations around fuel storage (if this should be classed as such) are outside my normal experience so I wonderd if anyone has experience in a similar situation and are there any legislative requirements I need to take into account?

Hsquared14  
#2 Posted : 02 January 2018 09:49:34(UTC)
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Hsquared14

We have faced a similar situation this winter with the cold weather affecting our diesel shunter vehicle which seems to be particularly prone to freezing up.  I assume that the vehicles will be driven in at night and taken out again in the morning?  Given that the warehouse doors will be open  and they will just be driven in and out then fumes will not be a problem but vehicles engines must not be allowed to idle in the warehouse.  Fuel in vehicle tanks generally doesn't count as a flammability issue.  In short your solution to a problem of vandalism and theft is pragmatic and doesn't add too much to your overall risk level.

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AndyCard on 03/01/2018(UTC)
Charlie Brown  
#3 Posted : 02 January 2018 14:52:21(UTC)
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Charlie Brown

This is fairly common practice and is fine so long as the vehicles are not left running in the warehouse. In the plant hire industry machines are driven in and out of workshops all day long and red diesel is commonly stored in-doors to prevent theft. If people are working in the warehouse while the vehicles are inside then you would need to consider whether the escape routes would be blocked and of course the need for warning devices such as lights, alarms etc or indeed, a banksman. It is also a good idea to include a note on the fire plans to let the fire services know the vehicles are there between what hours and the max fuel each would have.

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AndyCard on 03/01/2018(UTC)
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