Managing Fuel Safety
Storing Your Fuel
The fuel tanks needed for your workplace can sometimes be set up inside buildings, as well as above and below ground, but attention to building regulations and the proper safety measures need to be taken. All connections should be checked, the design and location of pipes and vents determine where you can or can’t place the tanks. They shouldn’t be kept where there are smoking materials or electrical equipment unregulated or out of date, since these can cause fires due to electrical issues. Likewise, if there are naked electrical wires present in the area, the tanks cannot be placed there – all wires need be properly insulated and sheathed.
Dispensing Fuel Safely
Fuel dispensing systems are made up of many integral and complex components and equipment, so when there is a problem with one element, such as a malfunction, the entire system could be compromised. This means that it’s important to continuously check for issues and to keep up a regular maintenance schedule.
If everything is working as it should, the other way to prevent any hazardous situation is to abide by health and safety regulations. These include keeping the areas surrounding the fuel free of vegetation, providing clear access to the tanks, making sure the fuel tanks haven’t been tampered with, making sure they’re in the correct position, preventing liquids from trickling inside buildings, and much more.
Fuel dispensing systems can also have an emergency shutoff device and, when using dispensing hoses, make sure they’re appropriate for the type of fuel and machinery you have – and that they don’t have any cuts or abrasions to their surfaces.
Fuel Monitoring Systems
There are systems that can be installed to prevent fires; they monitor the pressure of the tanks, for example, so that it can raise an alarm if there’s a leak and prevent fuel from seeping out.
Here at Fueltek we provide a tank management system called Tankwatch, which allows you to monitor your fuel tanks by receiving information via text or email. This technology can provide you with a variety of alarms, including if the pumps are working properly, if there were overfill, if there’s water in the tanks and if they’re leaking.
Keeping your fuel safe is the best way to keep yourself, and your employees, safe, and by following procedures and monitoring your tanks, you can preserve the integrity of your workplace. To know more about managing your fuel, and what we can do to help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call us on 01254 291391. To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.