Oils, Fuels and Other Polluting Liquids on our Sites

Poor storage and containment of oil, fuels and other polluting liquid leads to spills and leaks. This will result in significant pollution if these liquids find their way into watercourses. While a small spill may seem insignificant, collectively across a water catchment the effects can be substantial affecting drinking water, wildlife and loss of biodiversity.

  • Clean up costs, which include making good the damage and disposing of contaminated soil and spill kit, are

Please make sure you are following these simple site controls:

Watch your Distance

6 Don’t store containers, including bowsers, containing these liquids:

  • within 10 metres of a watercourse, including ditches and drains
  • within 50 metres of a well or borehole
  • within 50 metres of a spring

Bowsers, bunding and refuelling

3 Bowsers or tanks must be double skinned or bunded, secure and lockable.

3 Bowsers must be positioned on a stable site.

3 Bunding must be in place for all smaller containers too, these may be trays for temporary storage on site or containment within vehicles. Containers should not be left unattended and unbunded on site.

3 Any bund must be able to hold at least 25% of the total stored, or 110% of the largest container.

3 Use funnels when pouring from cans.

Spill Kits

3 Carry spill kits on all mobile machinery.

3 Have larger spill kits at the fuel storage and machine refuelling area.

3 Used spill kits must be disposed of as hazardous or special waste.

The ‘Keep your Distance’ Sticker is a useful reminder to have in Cabs – if you don’t have one of these speak to a Tilhill Forestry Manager who should be able to provide one for you. Further information is also found here: (Click here for ‘On Site Tools’)