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Service stations store and dispense large amounts of hazardous substances, especially flammable substances such as petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
It’s very important that hazardous substances are stored and handled safely and according to the law. A service station generally has underground storage tanks for their hazardous substances, petrol and diesel fuel dispensers and a shop that sells automotive products, oils and solvents. Some service stations also sell LPG - either as an automotive fuel or for replenishing LPG cylinders.
Controls on chemicals
To find out what the controls are on the chemical(s) you are using, search the approved hazardous substances with controls(external link) database and download the substance controls document.
There are a number of key HSNO controls that need to be followed to help you comply with the hazardous substances legislation. Use the hazardous substances calculator(external link) to find out about these.
Compliance certification requirements
Depending on the type and quantity of fumigants held at your site, you may require one or more of the following compliance certificates:
- location compliance certificate
- certified handler compliance certifier
- stationary container compliance certificate
If you are unsure about your compliance certification requirements, contact a compliance certifier for advice.
As a general rule, you should keep the quantities of hazardous substances stored on your site to a minimum. In this way the risks may be reduced and the need for compliance certification reduced.
We have produced guidance on how to go about certifying your service station.