Ensuring Safe Handling of Fuel Tanks: What to Consider

If you have fuel tanks in your facility, you know that they are important to the proper storage and handling of combustible substances such as gasoline and diesel. These equipment directly contribute to the protection of your workplace and staff from the damaging consequences of fuel spills and other emergencies, among other functions. But did you know that buying poly diesel tanks and other types of tanks is not all that you need to do to ensure safety? Here are some of the most important pointers that you should consider and implement.

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Know your technical obligations

There are standards and regulations that your facility must adhere to, in handling fuel storage tanks. In Australia, for instance, there are rules for the storage of above-ground fuel tanks, which need to be supplemented by updated and other health and safety regulation. Knowing these requirements is critical; it will not only ensure safety in your facility, it will also protect you from potential hefty fines and other legal consequences. Get in touch with the right department in your area for guidance.


Ensure proper information dissemination in your facility

It is necessary that your team be apprised of what they need to know to safely manage fuel handling and storage. As such, they should be properly trained. In many cases, proper information dissemination is required by the law, particularly where it concerns the design of safety measures to respond to hazards and emergencies. If you have not yet invested in team training, now is a good time to do it. If you’re adding members, get them trained.

And if your team has already been trained, make sure that they get re-trained if there are changes to the adopted safety policies in your area.


Consult your manufacturer

Finally, ask your fuel tanks manufacturer for input. While the final objective of these tanks remains the same across the board, there are still minute differences that can make all the difference, where safety is concerned. For example, if you’re storing your tanks outside, there may be temperature recommendations that should be followed so that the equipment stay functional while curbing potential for damage. Similarly, if your tanks are positioned at a certain place, there may be protective measures that you need to enact to ensure their structural integrity without compromising on operational efficiency. These things should be well-explained in the manual that came with your purchase of the tanks, but if you need more specifics, getting in touch with your manufacturer is recommended.