Associations establish revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:30
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CRUSADE: SLPS first established in 1980s

Two key industry associations have joined forces with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to launch a revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS).

The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA), with support and scheme management from the Tank Storage Association, are combining with the FTA to control the risks associated with loading road tankers at fuel distribution terminals.

An integral part of a petroleum terminal’s safety management system, the SLPS was first established in the 1980s by major oil companies operating in the UK.

It aims to identify vehicles and trailers that have been inspected by qualified persons and deemed to meet specified safety standards for admittance to fuel loading terminals participating in the Scheme.

Peter Davidson, Director of Safety, Commercial and Projects at the UKPIA, said: “The existing Safe Loading Pass Scheme has been a great success, and is a credit to all those involved.

“UKPIA however welcomes the opportunity to refresh the scheme, ensuring it reflects the changes to the industry and is adopted more widely by downstream oil distribution terminals.”

Since the original scheme was established, the industry has significantly changed, with the majority of oil companies now contracting out their fuel distribution to specialist hauliers.

“FTA is looking forward to helping to deliver a scheme that plays such an important part in maintaining safety standards.”

Sally Thornley, FTA

Several specialist tank storage companies now also operate fuel distribution terminals.

The existing scheme, claim the FTA, needed to be reviewed and updated to take account of such changes.

It builds on the previous scheme and from autumn will be extended to cover all participating UK fuel distribution terminals.

Sally Thornley, Director of Standards, Audit and Accreditation at the FTA, said: “FTA is looking forward to helping to deliver a scheme that plays such an important part in maintaining safety standards.

“A new website and database, together with revised standards and assessments for Inspection Locations, will ensure the scheme continues to grow and develop.”

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