Ensure that your tanks are working efficiently.
With heightened awareness of environmental issues and various forms of legislation, it can be difficult to stay on top of all your obligations to the Pollution Prevention Guidelines, The Oil Storage Regulations and ISO 14001.
In order for you to have a full understanding of your tanks it is recommended to have them inspected for leaks and general condition at least annually.
All our surveys are carried out by a fully trained OFTEC registered technician (OFTEC 600A) who will complete a report detailing environmental hazards on site, the survey is comprehensive covers the following areas:
- Tank location, condition, construction, type of oil, use, age and identification
- Condition of pipework
- Condition of tank supports and base quality
- Bund compliance - condition, construction and capacity
- Inspection of gauges, level alarms and fire valves
- Inspection of associated ancillary equipment – pumps etc.
- Procedures for operation and filling
- Inspection of overfill and impact protection
- Inspection of fill points, draw off points and vents
- Spill response procedures, spill kits/ equipment and training
- Consideration of environmental issues
- Consideration of fire issues
Dependant on the size and complexity of your site, the survey and report usually takes 2 –3 days to complete. Upon completion, a bound and electronic copy of the report will be returned.
Annual OFTEC surveys offer peace of mind that your oil storage is being correctly maintained and that it remains compliant with all current regulations.
OFTEC Information note: T1/120 “Oil Storage Inspection and Maintenance” referred to in Clause 22 also states that it is recommended that their oil storage tanks and ancillary equipment are inspected on an annual basis by an OFTEC registered technician.
The environment agency reports that there are around 3000 pollution incidents involving oil and fuels every year in the UK making this the second most frequent type of pollutant in inland waters in the UK. On average an oil spill can cost a business up to £30,000 in fines. The main issues to a business are now in remediation with unlimited costs with some cases recently spiralling into the millions.
Efficient tanks ensure environmental compliance:
Clause 22: “Regular inspection by qualified inspectors of your containers will ensure that potential defects are found and corrected before causing problems and are ensuring that containers do not cause pollution”
Clause 27: “A more detailed annual check by a trained operator, e.g. in the OFTEC registered scheme, is also recommended to ensure there is no corrosion, mechanical damage or oil leaks”.
The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 set out the requirements to be met for the safe storage of oil in containers above ground. As of 1st September, 2005, all oil storage containers above 200 litres are required to comply with these regulations.
For further information on our OFTEC Tank Surveys please contact us.
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