Precautions & Hazards, First Response, Preventative Measures

The handling and supply of highly flammable liquids have particular implications for the people involved, from managers to operatives. Anyone employed to receive deliveries of flammable liquids should be competent, which can be derived from a combination of training and experience. Our Fuel Handling course is ideally suited to give your staff the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to enable them to avoid costly accidents and to comply with the law.

Delegate Profile

The course is intended for Managers, Supervisors and other staff who are responsible for receiving fuel deliveries.

Course Synopsis

  • Element 1 – Legislative Background
  • Element 2 – Fuels (Petrol, Diesel, Butane, Propane) Characteristics & Behaviours
  • Element 3 – The theory of fire
    • Sources of Ignition
    • Fire Spread
    • Fire Classification
    • Fire Extinguishers (selection and use)
  • Element 4 – Site Operations
    • General Safety
    • Safe dispensing
    • Control of ignition
    • Fire Precautions
    • PPE
    • Spills & Containment
    • Storage
    • DSEAR & ATEX
  • Element 5 – Vapour Recovery
    • Stage 1 & 2
  • Element 6 – Unloading Procedures
    • Preparation
    • Controls (Barriers, Signage, Pre Delivery Controls)
  • Element 7
    • Emergency & Incident Procedures
    • Training
    • Isolation & Shutdown
    • Actions in the event of a major release or fire
  • Element 8
    • Checklists


People who have responsibility for the operation of a site where fuel or highly flammable liquids are to be unloaded and stored must be able to show that they are competent in order to comply with the law. This course helps in the development of both the required knowledge and competence.


On achieving the 80% pass mark in the end of course test, delegates will be issued with a numbered SAPIRA Training certificate.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will :

  • Understand what preventative management steps and controls should be implemented when handling flammable liquids
  • Understand the control measures required to deal with those risks and hazards
  • Understand the hazards associated with accidental releases
  • Understand what their initial response to an incident should be
  • Understand the contents and practical application required in the development and refinement of your on- site spill kit resource
  • Understand the principles of Dynamic Risk Assessment and Command & Control of Unplanned incidents
  • Understand what PPE is required for handling likely spills of the liquids involved

Equipment and Room Requirements

  • Data Projector , TV Video, Blackboard or Chalkboard
  • Conference Table & Chairs

Materials & PPE/RPE

Delegates will be provided with worksheets but should bring their own writing materials and issued PPE/RPE.

Advice can be given by Sapira during or prior to the course on the appropriate PPE and RPE, if required, for the elements covered in the course content. Please let us know prior to the course if you require this help as the course does include elements of donning, doffing and selection of appropriate response equipment relevant to the hazards and fuels involved.

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