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Maintaining safe and compliant fuel storage begins with your initial installation. Here are the industry best practices to get you set up once you’ve received your tank on-site …
Before you begin, refer to any local regulations regarding the storage of oil – and carry out any specific risk assessments they recommend. Our tanks meet more standards and approvals than any others on the market, including where they might be placed in environmentally sensitive sites. So, ensuring a compliant solution needn’t present problems.
Firstly, allocate a safe place for installation – on firm, level ground – away from potential health and safety risks. This should be away from any residential or office buildings. Locate the tank on a paved or asphalt surface to help with pollution prevention, ensuring it’s level – enabling you to use the whole volume of diesel in safety.
Next ensure you have the correct firefighting equipment (powder or foam), plus spill response products such as clay covers and absorbent granules. You’ll need to assess when and how the tank will be used, and who it will be used by. Anyone operating it will need to be competent to use the tank and associated safety equipment.
If the tank has previously been used (second-hand) it must be thoroughly inspected prior to your first fill. When you’re ready, fill the tank to 95% capacity. This will enable you to prime the feedlines and pumps. This is only required for first-time use, or after the tank has been fully drained.
These guidelines are an installation overview, and regulations vary in different areas. Any regulations provided by the authorities in your jurisdiction will always take precedence. We’re always on hand and ready to help if you have any questions, no matter where you and your tank are in the world.