2017 TSSA Liquid Fuels Handling Code
The 2017 edition is now enforced in Ontario by TSSA under the Ontario Code Adoption document dated June 14th, 2017 which came into effect on Oct 1st, 2017.
(*for accessing the latest amendment, please visit TSSA 2019 CAD Amendment)
Authored by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the Liquid Fuels Handling Code (LFHC) regulates the storage and handling of gasoline and associated products at bulk plants, marinas, retail outlets and private outlets. The Code also contains requirements for environmental remediation, equipment installation and operating requirements for gasoline facilities. The Code is available in hard copy and PDF format.
The 2017 edition replaces since the previous version released in 2007 and includes a number of changes to the following sections:
- Clause 1: Scope, Application, and General Requirements
- Clause 2: Underground Storage Tanks
- Clause 3: Aboveground Storage Tanks
- Clause 4: Piping and Product Transfer
- Clause 5: Facility Design
- Clause 6: Operating Requirements
- Clause 7: Leak Detection
- Clause 8: Environmental Restoration
- Clause 9: Highway Tanks
- Appendices A through G
Major changes or additions to the Code's clauses, tables, or figures are identified by the symbol delta in the margin. It's crucial that Code users have a comprehensive understanding of the Code in its entirety, not just the marked changes.
The Code is ideal for:
- Equipment and system installation, storage, operation, and repair experts
- Engineering and Design experts
- Leak Detection experts
- Integrated and Independent Retailers
- Component and product manufacturers
- Certification Companies
- Environmental assessment experts and service professionals
- Apprentices working towards to the petroleum mechanics designation
- The Previous 2007 edition is available for purchase here.
This is the 2017 edition of the Liquid Fuels Handling Code (LFHC). It supersedes the previous editions, published in 2007 and 2001 by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
In this 2017 edition, where there is a major change or addition to the previous edition of the LFHC, the clause, table, or figure affected is identified by the symbol delta in the margin. Users of the Code are advised that the change markers in the text are not intended to be all-inclusive and are provided as a convenience only; such markers cannot constitute a comprehensive guide to the revisions made to the Code. Therefore, users must take care not to rely on the change markers to determine the current requirements of the Code. As always, users of the Code must consider the entire Code and any Code Adoption Amendments made by TSSA.
This Code applies to gasoline, other petroleum products (not including wax and asphalt), and other liquid products used as fuel.
This Code does not apply to fuel quality unless it can lead to hazards in the storage, handling, or dispensing of fuel.
This Code includes Appendices A to F (Appendix G lists members of the Liquid Fuels Risk Reduction Group and TSSA representatives). Where there is a conflict between a provision of a standard, specification, or publication adopted in this Code and a provision of this Code, the most stringent provision shall prevail.
With the exception of specific requirements to upgrade work or an object by a certain date, or specific references to existing facilities or equipment, this Code is not retroactive.
Where this Code requires the creation, maintenance, or retention of records, the authorization holder shall be responsible for producing them at the demand of an inspector within 72 hours at the location specified by the inspector. Electronic records are acceptable.
Unless otherwise stated, records required by this Code to be created, maintained, or retained shall be kept for the life of the facility or equipment to which they relate.
Where a facility is sold or leased, the owner of the facility shall carry out the following with respect to the facility records required to be maintained by this Code:
(a) receive all records on expiry of a lease
(b) turn all records over to the lessee at the start of a lease
(c) turn all records over to a purchaser in the case of a sale of the facility
1.3. General Requirements
Equipment installed at a facility or on a highway tank shall be approved and installed in accordance with the requirements of this Code and the manufacturer's instructions, and shall be appropriate for the service for which it is intended.
All Stage I vapour recovery equipment shall be installed, operated, and maintained according to the requirements of Ontario Regulation 455/94 of the Environmental Protection Act.
Dispensers at dispensing facilities, highway tank loading and unloading areas, underground storage tank fill pipe and gauge pipe locations, and any areas where handling operations occur shall be kept clean and free of ground vegetation and combustible materials.
Every retail outlet, marina, private outlet, bulk plant, and highway tank shall be maintained in a safe operating condition by the authorization holder and shall be operated safely. Any defective equipment or component shall be repaired or replaced.
A renewal made 12 months after a licence expires shall be treated as a new application for a licence.
Terms in this Code have the same meaning as in the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, and Ontario Regulation 217/01 there under, unless otherwise specified.