Statutory Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Inspections

In addition to your own routine maintenance and inspection, there are statutory examinations and certifications required for your fuel tanks to remain in compliance with legislation. The interval and schedule of these examinations are determined by local regulations, the ownership of the tank, the premises where it is located, the total volume of diesel or the type of tank, etc.

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), which are expected to be transported full on public roads, are some of the most regulated fuel tanks. Our popular range of TransCube fuel tanks are prime examples of tanks falling under this designation. Below we have provided some basic information on the required inspections for IBCs in a few of the countries where our tanks are commonly found.

Regulations change over time and vary between different jurisdictions, so always consult with local authorities to confirm that your tank is in compliance.


United Kingdom

  • A thorough examination is required every 2.5 years and must include:
    • Inspection of the tank for corrosion, stress cracks or damaged welds
    • Inspection of all lifting points
    • Inspection of the operation of all services, and fittings
    • Passing and marking of a leakproof test. The leakproof test requires the tank to be pressurised to 0.2Bar (4psi) for 10 minutes. Ensure you are adequately trained to perform this test and operate compressed air systems. Additionally, ensure that your reference gauge is calibrated and can display 1psi increments
    • Inspection of the internal tank (should be emptied beforehand). If entry inside the tank is required, this will be classified as hazardous confined space entry and should be done by qualified personnel. Do not attempt to enter inside a tank!
  • Ensure that a competent person conducts the thorough examination. This can be a third party or an employee which has had adequate training.


United States

  • A thorough examination is required every 2.5 years and must include:
    • A leakproofness test
    • External visual inspection of the tank, it’s markings and equipment
    • Inspection of the inner tank
  • More details on the regulations and requirements for testing can be found here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/180.352




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