This week marks #SafetyWeek2016 and what better way to raise awareness than discussing storage tank safety tips. Storing fuel and chemicals in a storage tank may seem somewhat unsafe, but in truth storage tanks have become more reliable than ever! Thanks to innovations in construction, monitoring, and management, both ASTs and USTs offer a safe way to store hazardous materials, but in order to ensure that your tank does not experience any problems, it is important to understand how to properly manage your storage tank. Safety is, and always will be, Tanks Direct’s first priority.
Aboveground storage tank safety tips
Aboveground storage tanks are designed with different needs in mind, so you’ll need to select the correct model for your facility. From the materials that the tank is constructed from to its size and design, certain types of ASTs work better for some substances than others. For this reason, you’ll need to be clear on what material you will be storing in your AST before you choose a model. An especially important consideration is chemical compatibility. Certain chemicals can be stored in any type of AST, while others must be housed in a tank that was specifically constructed to be compatible with specific substances. In addition, you’ll need to consider other factors such as the temperature ranges that a certain tank can handle. The best way to ensure that you choose the right tank for your needs is to consult with a storage tank expert, such as Tanks Direct.
Your AST support structure is also an important consideration. While underground storage tanks are supported by the surrounding soil, aboveground tanks must be fortified with a support structure to ensure that they are secure. Your tank support structure must be built on a foundation that is level and should be able to support the weight of your fully-loaded tank.
Underground storage tank safety tips
Proper safety precautions are equally important for underground storage tanks (USTs). The rules and regulations which govern USTs are substantial, so it is necessary to familiarize yourself with required inspections and be sure that you’re keeping up with routine maintenance so that you remain compliant. As with ASTs, it is important to ensure that you choose the correct type of UST for your specific application.
Only trust the experts with your storage tanks
For both aboveground and underground storage tanks, you should ensure that only trained professionals are allowed to have a hand in monitoring and managing them. The built-in safety features of a storage tank can go a long way in preventing an incident, but only when they are used with proper precaution. By allowing only trained professionals to interact with your storage tanks you can ensure that it functions safely and appropriately.