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Compliance: Inspecting your IBC tanks

EXAMINATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS

TRANSPORTABLE FUEL STORAGE – RESPONSIBILITIES

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) require statutory inspections and certifications to stay compliant. This includes our popular TransCube range, designed to be transported filled with fuel. Here’s some guidance we frequently get asked about …

Regulations change over time and vary in different jurisdictions. Ownership, location, type and volume of fuel are covered by local regulations. As a general overview, though, here are some of your responsibilities – for the UK, US and Canada.

In the United Kingdom, a thorough examination of your IBC is required every 2.5 years. This must include an inspection for corrosion, stress cracks or damaged welds – including all lifting points. The correct operation of all services and fittings must also be checked, and a leakproof test needs to be passed and marked. This requires the tank to be pressurized to 0.2Bar (4psi) for 10-minutes – and must be carried out with adequate training. Your reference gauge should be calibrated and able to display 1psi increments. To inspect the internal tank, it must be empty. This will be classified as a hazardous confined space – do not attempt to enter the inner tank – and only carry out this work if you are a qualified employee or 3rd party inspector.

“REGULATIONS CHANGE OVER TIME AND VARY IN DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS. AS A GENERAL OVERVIEW, THOUGH, HERE ARE SOME OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES – FOR THE UK, US AND CANADA”

In the US, the inspection interval is also 2.5 years – and must include a thorough examination of the tank and its equipment and markings, plus a leakproof test and inspection of the inner tank. Full details can be found here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/180.352

If you’re operating in Canada, re-certification inspections of IBCs need to be carried out every 5-years. This must be done by a 3rd party, registered by Transport Canada for this work. A database of the registered facilities can be found here: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/3/fdr-rici/ibc/ibcleak.aspx. Further information is on the Transport Canada website, here: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/moc-ibc-faqunstandardizedibcs-246.html

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