Fire Safety Act
(Chapter 109A, Section 61(1))
Fire Safety (Petroleum) Regulations
Rg 7
G.N. No. S 200/1994

REVISED EDITION 2001
(31st January 2001)
[29th April 1994]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Citation
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Fire Safety (Petroleum) Regulations.
Definitions
2.  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires —
“accepted code of practice” means any Code of Practice, standard, guide or manual relating to fire safety or the storage, transportation, dispensing or handling of petroleum which is acceptable to the Commissioner;
“approved third party inspection body” means a company approved by the Commissioner which engages in the inspection, testing and certification of vehicles for the transportation of petroleum;
“Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings” means the current Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings published by the Fire Safety Bureau, Singapore Civil Defence Force and includes all amendments made from time to time to the Code;
“container” means any thing which may be used to store any class of petroleum, and includes a cartridge, a cylinder, a tank, a portable tank and a cargo tank;
“cylinder” means a container having a capacity of less than 500 litres water capacity and which is used to store Class O petroleum;
“dealer” means a person or company engaged in the business of distributing Class O petroleum in cylinders to the public;
“eating place” means a hawker centre or such other eating establishment acceptable to the Commissioner not enclosed by walls on every side where food is prepared and cooked at individual stalls;
“factory” has the same meaning as in the Factories Act (Cap. 104);
“licensee” means a person who holds a licence issued by the Commissioner under section 39(1) of the Act;
“prescribed fee” means the fee payable in respect of a licence issued or renewed under section 39 of the Act as set out in the First Schedule;
“professional engineer” means a person who is registered as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineers Act (Cap. 253) and has in force a practising certificate issued under that Act;
“restaurant” means an enclosed eating establishment where food is prepared and cooked in a centralised kitchen which is compartmentalised from the serving area;
“storage of petroleum in bulk” means storage of petroleum in a tank;
“storage of petroleum in package” means storage of petroleum in individual containers each having less than 250 litres water capacity;
“supplier” means a person or company engaged in the business of bottling Class O petroleum into cylinders for distribution to dealers or to the public;
“tank” means a container having a water capacity of 250 litres or above;
“tanker” means a vehicle carrying a tank;
“transportation of petroleum in bulk” means transportation of petroleum in a tank;
“transportation of petroleum in package” means transportation of petroleum in individual containers each having less than 250 litres water capacity;
“vehicle” means a tank truck, a trailer, a semi-trailer or any other vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads that may be used in the transportation of petroleum but does not include a railroad tank car.
Licence required for transport or storage of petroleum
3.  Except for the purposes and quantities specified in the Second Schedule, no person shall —
(a)transport or cause to be transported; or
(b)store or keep or cause to be stored or kept,
any class of petroleum without a licence issued by the Commissioner under the Act.
Application for licence to transport petroleum
4.  Every application for a licence to transport petroleum shall be made in such form as the Commissioner may provide and be accompanied by the prescribed fee, a letter of authorisation from the supplier, and —
(a)in the case of transportation of petroleum in package, a letter from the supplier certifying that —
(i)he has checked the vehicle to be used for transporting petroleum in accordance with regulation 37; and
(ii)he is satisfied that the condition of the vehicle is in compliance with the Act and these Regulations; or
(b)in the case of transportation of petroleum in bulk, the following documents:
(i)a test certificate issued by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore under section 90 of the Road Traffic Act (Cap. 276);
(ii)the manufacturer’s specifications and design plans of the tank;
(iii)a hydrostatic test report of the tank, and where the application is for the transportation of Class O petroleum, a radiographic report; and every such report shall be certified by a professional engineer in the mechanical engineering discipline, or by such person acceptable to the Commissioner, that the transportation can be carried out safely in accordance with an accepted code of practice;
(iv)2 copies of the plan of the vehicle showing the following particulars:
(A)the location of the vehicle engine, fuel tank, exhaust system and pipe, batteries and pump or compressor, if any, and where any of these components are encased, the type of materials used to encase them, and the type of material that is used to construct the rear portion of the driver’s cab facing the tank;
(B)the water capacity of the tank;
(C)the location and nature of all openings, fittings, gauges, emergency shut-off valves, excess flow valves, or any other safety valves or devices and their means of closure and capacities, where applicable;
(D)the location, size and type of all fire extinguishers provided in the vehicle; and
(E)such other particulars required by the Commissioner; and
(v)a certification of inspection from an approved third party inspection body.
Application for licence to store petroleum
5.  Every application for a licence to store petroleum shall be in such form as the Commissioner may provide and be accompanied by the prescribed fee and the following documents:
(a)2 certified true copies of the relevant building plans approved by the Commissioner of Building Control under the Building Control Act (Cap. 29);
(b)2 copies each of a fully dimensioned site plan and floor plan containing the following information:
(i)the exact location of the containers or tanks in the premises;
(ii)the quantity and class of petroleum to be stored and the mode of proposed storage;
(iii)where the application is for the storage of petroleum in package, the types of materials used to construct the building in which the petroleum is to be stored, the means of ventilation and escape, the types of electrical fittings used in the building and the current usage of the parts of the building other than the proposed storage area;
(iv)where the application is for the storage of petroleum in bulk, the piping system, pumping equipment, separation kerb, filling connections, location of emergency isolation valves (if any), the mode and type of materials used to segregate the storage area from any other area in the building, and the distance from the building in which the petroleum is to be stored in bulk to the nearest building, if any;
(v)the type and location of all fire extinguishing equipment and other fire safety measures which are provided in the premises; and
(vi)where the place is to be used for the filling of Class O petroleum into cylinders, the layout of the working area containing the filling machines and conveyors (if any);
(c)where the application is for the storage of petroleum in bulk, the manufacturer’s specifications and design plans of the tank, a hydrostatic test report, and where the petroleum is Class O petroleum, a radiographic test report of the tank and pressure tests report of the piping and fittings connected to the tank; in addition, all test reports shall be certified safe in accordance with an accepted code of practice by a professional engineer in the mechanical engineering discipline or by such other person acceptable to the Commissioner;
(d)if required by the Commissioner —
(i)a risk analysis report from any person who in the view of the Commissioner is qualified to give such a report; and
(ii)a contingency plan containing the steps to be taken in the event of a fire, explosion, gas leakage or similar emergency; and
(e)such other documents as the Commissioner may require.