COVID-19

 

The social and economic impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented, and government and industry have taken a number of actions to ensure resilience across the downstream oil sector. UKPIA has compiled a series of links to official sources with information relevant to customers, employees and contractors across the downstream oil industry.

This includes:

1. Advice regarding downstream oil sector training schemes

2. Advice for people working in the downstream oil sector

3. Advice on regulatory changes relevant to the downstream oil sector

4. Advice on financial facilities relevant to the downstream oil sector

1. Advice regarding downstream oil sector training schemes

Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS) Amendments

Recognised by members of UKPIA and the Tank Storage Association (TSA), the Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS) aims to identify vehicles and trailers that have been deemed to meet specified safety standards for admittance to fuel loading terminals. The following link sets out amendments to the scheme with advice for hauliers and terminals:

 

COVID-19: amendments to the SLPS
Extension of all Safety Pass Alliance accredited passport schemes

UKPIA and our members have been involved in a number of industry-led safety schemes operated by the Safety Pass Alliance (SPA), such as the UKPIA Forecourt Contractor Safety Passport Scheme. As a result of COVID-19, SPA has agreed to grant a 3 month grace period for renewals to their passport scheme. The following link contains further information on the SPA website:

COVID-19: extension of SPA passport schemes
Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) Scheme

The Downstream Oil Distribution Forum (DODF) have reviewed the PDP Scheme in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking into account UK Government guidance. The attachment contained at the link below details an extension of PDP cards (that expire between 1st March - 1st November) until 30th November 2020 as well as a relaxing rules on annual refresher training:

COVID-19: PDP scheme amendments

2. Advice for people working in the downstream oil sector

Guidance for Employers, Employees and Businesses

The following link contains general advice for employees, employers and businesses regardless of sector, with information on what to do as a result of COVID-19. There is also specific information for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

COVID-19: guidance for businesses
Apprenticeship Programme Guidance

The following link sets out guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (England only):

COVID-19: apprenticeship programme response
Essential Worker Definitions

Following the decision to close schools, colleges and other educational provision as a result of COVID-19, the UK Government and Devolved Administrations have identified essential workers to ensure they can continue working by sending their children to school. The following link contains definitions of what constitutes an essential worker:

COVID-19: guidance on maintaining educational provision
Driver Welfare Arrangements

There have been reports that some drivers, such as petroleum tanker drivers, are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when making deliveries. Preventing access is against the law and is not sensible. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so. The following link provides further information from the HSE:

COVID-19: HSE advice for driver welfare arrangements
Annual Leave Carry Over for Key Industries

The UK Government has announced that workers in key industries who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years. The following link contains further information:

COVID-19: carry over leave for key industries

3. Advice on regulatory changes relevant to the downstream oil sector

MOTs for Heavy Vehicles Suspended

As well as many other businesses, downstream oil sector companies and supply chain contractors use heavy goods vehicles. The following link contains information for businesses and individuals, not just limited to the downstream oil sector, following the government's decision to suspend MOTs for heavy vehicles for up to 3 months to help tackle COVID-19:

COVID-19: MOTs for heavy vehicles suspended
MOTs for Vehicles needing a Dangerous Goods (ADR) Test

Categories of lorries, buses or trailers have been made exempt from needing an MOT for 3 months from 21st March 2020. For MOTS for vehicles needing a dangerous goods (ADR) test before 31st March 2020, you may need to apply for this exemption. The following link contains information on how to apply:

COVID-19: MOTs for vehicles needing an ADR test
Hand Sanitser Production

Given the increase in hand washing and use of hand sanitiser as advised by Public Health Authorities, the HSE has provided advice on the production of hand sanitiser, relaxation of who can provide the components as well as derogations from product authorisation requirements.

COVID-19: Manufacture of Hand Sanitiser
Temporary Relaxation of Drivers' Hours

Across the downstream oil sector, such as for tanker delivery personnel, drivers' working hours are being changed as a result of COVID-19. The following link contains information for businesses and individuals, not just limited to the downstream oil sector, on how these rules are being temporarily relaxed:

COVID-19: relaxation of enforcement of drivers' hours rules
Exemption for Petrol Stations from Premises Closures

Petrol stations are listed as exempt from the UK Government's instruction to close all retail sites trading in non-essential goods. The following link provides guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures:

COVID-19: guidance for businesses and premises to close

4. Advice on financial facilities relevant to the downstream oil sector

Job Retention Scheme

Use the following link to find out if your business is eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (“furlough”) due to COVID-19:

COVID-19: Job Retention Scheme
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