News of fuel tankers colliding with other vehicles and causing explosion have been reported throughout the years. But the risks of explosion and fire caused by fuel spills or tank malfunction are present everywhere. Therefore, increased safety and security should be observed when you own, or work at places where above ground fuel storage tanks are present.
Have a check-list
Like other types of appliances, fuel tank manufacturers such as Durotank usually include a list of things you should observe and take note of upon the purchase of fuel tanks. Aside from these guidelines, it is important to have a check-list of your own. The list should include, but should not be limited to the condition of the surrounding area, the physical state of the tank itself, tools and materials attached to the tank, possible risks and hazards, as well as adequate training and supervision among others.
Every country has their safety standards when it comes to handling hazardous chemicals like fuel. The Australian Institute of Petroleum laid down a guideline for fuel tank storage owners on farms and industrial sites to observe and follow.
Safety and Maintenance Manual
As an owner, it is your responsibility to have a safety mechanism that works for your farm or site. The location of where your tank is located varies from one tank to another. Therefore, as an owner, it is your responsibility to have a maintenance method that complies with the government policies, the procedures laid down by manufacturers while taking into consideration the external conditions of your tank location.
Risk Assessment and Emergency Procedures
Analysing possible risks and hazards brought about by the presence of your storage tank, or if mishaps were to happen should be thoroughly planned out. Emergency procedures that would help prevent further damage or life loss should also be available.
The risks of having above ground fuel storage tanks might be present, but it does not mean it is at high levels. Responsible maintenance and regulation can minimise such risks and help keep your area a secure one.