Guidelines for the identification and control of hazards during the proving of road tanker loading gantry meters

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The second edition of this publication has been prepared to assist terminal operators and meter proving contractors who carry out road tanker loading gantry meter proving work to develop safe work procedures. The proving of loading gantry flowmeters, using reference meters or volumetric vessels, involves product handling and tanker loading procedures which differ from normal tanker loading practice. Experience has shown that significant additional hazards may be introduced by the operation.

This publication highlights potential hazards, and provides guidance on the safe system of work that needs to be followed in order to ensure the protection of personnel and the environment, and to safeguard equipment and property during meter proving.

The content is based on the experience of several major oil companies and meter proving contractors, and incorporates the results of a major programme of research work into electrostatic hazards associated with meter proving that was conducted by a consortium of oil companies in the UK in the 1990s.

Whilst written in the context of the United Kingdom (UK) legislative and regulatory framework, the principles set out in this publication are also applicable in other countries providing national and local statutory requirements are complied with.

It replaces the first edition, originally published in 1995 (reapproved 2002). 

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