Draft Guides on the Safety of Alternative Fuels in Construction

June 27, 2023
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Three new draft guides have been published by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) with the aid of the Construction Industry Advisory Council (CONIAC). The guides are available to read on the CONIAC website under resources and were subject to a period of consultation and industry input between their publication on 3rd March and the 1st May. Further edits to the drafts are expected as a result of this consultation.

The guides cover the safe use of three alternatives to diesel fuels. These being hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), li-ion batteries (BESS) and solar photovoltaic (PV).

HVO is a form of renewable energy made from vegetable oils, cooking oil, food / plant waste or animal fats. It can be both used as a replacement for diesel fuel as well as being mixed with diesel fuel. Hazards associated with HVO include fire and explosions, increased pressure in containers, contact dermatitis, vapour intoxication, risk of harm to the eyes and slipping hazards.

Li-ion batteries are a form of rechargeable battery primarily used for electric vehicles, general electronics, and site energy. Hazards include electrical failure, mechanical damage, heat stress and charging stress.

Finally solar photovoltaic is a form of technology used to convert sunlight into electrical energy through the use of solar panels. They are often used as a method of providing temporary or supplementary power and often used alongside battery storage systems. Hazards can vary depending on the system used but include electric shock, electrical fire, fragile surfaces, manual handling and extreme weather.

Each of guides covers the key safety guidance regarding the alternative fuel including:

  • Hazards
  • Control Measures
  • Equipment
  • Site Planning
  • Emergency Planning
  • Competency, Training, and Information
  • Operational Safety / Measures
  • Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Emergency Measures
  • References and Sources of Further Information

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