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IBC container compliance: Inspecting your IBC tanks

IBC tanks are designed specifically for the transportation of large amounts of liquids, and they must be regularly tested to ensure they meet all IBC requirements. In our guide, we’ll summarise the regulations involved and why it’s important to stay compliant when using an IBC container. 

At Western Global, we specialise in safe fuel storage. We take compliance seriously, meaning that, when you purchase one of our fuel tanks, you can be confident that your fuel is safely contained and comply with IBC regulations. We’ll go into more detail about IBC standards and their importance below.


What does IBC stand for?

IBC stands for Intermediate Bulk Containers, which are large, industrial containers that transport and store bulk liquids. The term ‘intermediate’ indicates the substantial volumes these containers hold. 

Sometimes known as IBC tote tanks, they come in a range of sizes and materials. Their stackable abilities make them ideal for storing large quantities onsite while still allowing for easy access to fluids as and when. 

At Western Global, our TransCube range is IBC compliant, meaning that your fuel can be stored and transported safely in line with regulations. Our TransCube Global is designed for safe, portable fuel storage – all without leaks and spillages. It’s a double walled tank which allows for complete containment, ideal for storing fuel and other liquids. Find out more about the TransCube Global here.


What is an IBC tank used for?

An IBC tank is used to store large, industrial goods, often hazardous liquids. They’re used throughout a variety of industries, such as construction and farming, to provide safe and secure storage of goods. 

Common uses of IBC tanks include:

  • Fuel
  • Chemicals and pharmaceuticals 
  • Rainwater collection
  • Powdered liquids, such as food
  • Sands and grains


How long does an IBC last?

If properly maintained and you remain compliant with intermediate bulk container regulations, your IBC tank can last for decades. Always make sure you understand how to safely handle your container, where it can be stored and how to transport it from one location to the next, to ensure maximum use. 


How often should an IBC be inspected?

In the United Kingdom, a thorough routine examination of your IBC tank is required every two-and-a-half years, or any time a repair takes place. These inspections should be conducted by a person with the right training. 

We’ll go into detail about the intermediate bulk containers regulations below.

Examinations and certifications for Intermediate Bulk Containers

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. 

As they are often used for hazardous liquid storage, the Department for Transport has developed intermediate bulk containers standards to ensure the tanks, and what’s in them, are 100% secure. That’s why it’s important to always stay up to date with the latest regulations and have your IBC tank inspected regularly. 

For the UK, the intermediate bulk container exam includes:

  • An inspection for corrosion, stress cracks or damaged welds – including all lifting points.
  • A leakproof test – this requires the tank to be pressurised 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 1 psi increments for this. 
  • The correct operation of all services and fittings should also be checked. 
  • Internal tank inspection – your inner tank must be empty for this. This tank will be classified as a hazardous confined space, so do not attempt to enter the inner tank and only carry out this work if you are a qualified employee or a third party inspector.
  • A tank marking inspection – to ensure all required information is displayed clearly and durably on the IBC tank itself. 

Full details of the Intermediate Bulk Containers regulations can be found here.

IBC transportable fuel storage – your responsibilities

Regulations change over time and vary in different jurisdictions, and so it’s up to the owner/IBC tank provider to keep records of all tests, inspections and repairs of your intermediate bulk container tank. 

You must always make note of:

  • Design and packaging specifications for your IBC tank
  • Name and address of testing facilities, including the person who conducted the test
  • Results of the inspection

You should always have these records on hand, ready for future inspections and any requests made by governing bodies.  


Western Global: Intermediate Bulk Container manufacturers

At Western Global, our tanks are IBC 31A/Y-certified, giving you complete confidence in your tank when storing fuel onsite. Each tank is manufactured in accordance to both local and global testing standards, exceeding inspections and providing you with safe, compliant bulk fuel storage. 

Our IBC tanks

Whether you’re transporting fuel from site to site, or are working in a small, logistically-challenging environment, our IBC tanks allow you to refuel as and when while remaining compliant with the latest intermediate bulk container standards. 

With a range of stackable containers available, our bunded fuel tanks are designed to last for years, manufactured from stainless steel for that extra layer of protection. We’ve engineered robust and durable fuel solutions that allow you to store fuel in bulk safely. 

If you have any questions about IBC compliance, or are on the hunt for a fuel storage tank, get in touch with our team.

TransCube Global IBC Tank

Our TransCube is a global-approved fuel storage solution, widely used throughout a range of industries.

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