Six Important Steps To Go Through During Periodic Inspections Of Petroleum Storage Tanks

Posted on: 11 June 2021

One of the most important things that need to be done to ensure safety with petroleum storage tank usage is performing periodic inspections. There are a few key steps you need to make sure you're going through at your site during your petroleum storage tank inspections to make sure that they are thorough and complete. 

The following are six important steps to go through during periodic inspections of petroleum storage tanks. 

Testing the secondary containment system

When it comes to petroleum tank safety at your industrial site, one of the most important concerns is that the secondary containment system is working properly. Inspections should include a check-up of this system to prevent potentially dangerous fuel leaks. 

Making sure spill and overfill protection controls are working

Another important thing to check on to ensure safety is a tank's spill and overfill protection controls. It's important to check and make sure that components such as catchment basins and reservoirs are working properly so that they will collect any spills that occur while the tank is being filled. 

Looking for signs of corrosion

Over time, a petroleum storage tank can become corroded. Features such as cathodic protection equipment and coats of paint can prevent corrosion from developing.

However, it's also important to inspect parts such as pipes, pumps, valves, and the tank itself for signs of corrosion. If corrosion is found, it's important to perform any necessary repairs or replace the tank eventually if corrosion becomes too severe a problem. 

Testing electrical equipment for proper functioning

Petroleum storage tanks include a lot of electrical equipment that is used to control settings and monitor tank components. It's important to make sure that electrical equipment including the static controls of a tank is functioning properly during routine inspections. 

Ensuring that necessary signage is properly posted around petroleum storage tanks

It's easy to overlook signage around a petroleum storage tank, but signage is one of the most important safety features of the tank.

Signage should include any necessary safety warnings as well as key operating instructions for petroleum storage tank use. During inspections, make sure that a staff member is checking to make sure that signage is both present and legible. Damaged or missing signage needs to be replaced immediately. 

Double-checking the configuration of valves

Over time, the positioning of valves can accidentally become shifted. During inspections, it's therefore important to make sure that valves are configured right. Additionally, valves should be secured and locked into the appropriate position. 

To learn more information about petroleum storage tanks, reach out to a professional near you.