Safe storage of fuel is an utmost priority these days because fuel is an extremely hazardous substance that could create major damage to the environment and endanger the lives of many people. Diesel spills and leakage not only have a serious environmental impact, but also can get you to court. Therefore, it is vital that you store diesel in a durable and secure fuel tank. This ensures your compliance to regulations and guard against pollution.
Choose a Safe Location
Location is very important when it comes to fuel storage installations. Avoid installing your fuel tank within close range of any water source to protect the environment. Do not to put your tank in an area that has a high probability of being flooded because pipelines could break and could cause oil spillage.
Make sure also that your tank is located in an easy accessible area for deliveries, filling, and maintenance. There should also be enough room for the support base, as your tank will be much heavier once it is filled. If you are not sure about this, read the regulations or contact the supplier or the manufacturer of the tank for advice.
Ensure Regulatory Compliance
The main regulations covering the safe diesel storage include pollution prevention, fire safety regulations, building regulations, and tank construction.
The guidelines for pollution prevention is in place to help people look after their fuel tanks and avoid any chance of environmental pollution. The fire safety regulations for installing fuel tanks are included in the building regulations. Regulations focus on the standard capacity and the required distance of the tank from a building, and other safety measures.
You’ll find that there are various minimum standards when it comes to tank construction, and it varies from region to region. However, the safest and most compliant type is the bunded fuel tank. These tanks have a second line of defense called the bund. Bunded diesel tanks are also known as a tank within a tank. These tanks are now a mandatory in literally all commercial and industrial fuel tank installations. They are also required in many domestic premises.
Practice Safe Tank Maintenance
It is highly recommend that fuel storage systems be checked yearly. Inspection should also be carried out by a certified engineer. Proper maintenance of the tank should also include regular check-up by your trained staff at least once a week for early signs of possible problems. Look out for sudden dips in the level of fuel, signs of damage such as cracks or corrosion in the walls of the fuel tank. A gauge is also required to measure the contents of the tank to avoid overfilling and spillages. All your staff should also know where the shut off valve of the tank is. In case of emergency, all your staff should know what to do.