What you must do

Always clean up spills immediately.

Deliberate acts of vandalism such as damaging plant and equipment or fuel storage tanks can be costly in both financial and environmental terms. Your business is responsible for all fuel, oil and chemicals that are present on your site. You can be prosecuted for a pollution incident that originated on your site even if it was caused by vandalism, particularly if the incident was foreseeable or avoidable.

In a spill can't be contained immediately and there is a risk of pollution to land or water call the UK wide pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60

See our guideline: Pollution incident response planning

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