Participate in the safety of downstream operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Downstream Operations
Developed by: Cogent
Approved on: 29 Mar 2019


This standard is about your contribution to the safety aspects of working in a processing environment.

This standard deals with the following:

1 Maintain a safe working area
2 Maintain the safety of self and others

During this work you must take account of the relevant operational requirements and safe working practices AS THEY APPLY TO YOU.

This Standard is suitable for those working in the downstream fuel environment.

Previous Version:

Adapted from Unit 1 of Refinery Field Operations NOS – version April 2005

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

​P1 identify safety hazards
P2 take appropriate action on the identification of safety hazards in the working area
P3 ensure that access to and egress from working area is maintained at all times
P4 keep working area clean and tidy in accordance with requirements
P5 keep clear all escape routes and access to emergency and safety equipment                                                            

P6 understand the types of activity taking place, and hazards occurring, in areas adjacent to the working area              
P7 ensure that only authorised people are allowed access to the work area
P8 return safety equipment and approved tools to designated areas after use and report any defects
P9 ensure that safety equipment and approved tools are fit for purpose
P10 correctly use all relevant safety equipment and approved tools
P11 correctly use specified PPE in designated areas
P12 access and use additional resources as appropriate
P13 correctly use manual handling methods
P14 work safely in accordance with operational requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

K1 the appropriate actions to take on the identification of safety hazards
K2 how to keep the working area satisfactorily clean and tidy
K3 the procedures for allowing people access and egress from the work area
K4 how to identify and report defects in safety equipment and approved tools
K5 how to ensure that safety equipment and approved tools are fit for purpose
K6 how to report any defects to immediate supervision
K7 how to identify the need for additional resources and then how to access and use them
K8 how to use approved manual handling methods


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

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Indicative Review Date

29 Mar 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Engineering, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

SOC Code



participate, safety, maintain, work area, self, others