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Storing diesel on site, or on farm
by John Carmichael
(Please read the disclaimer at the end)
What are the rules for storing
diesel in a big tank?
1940 - 2017 Storage and Handling of flammable and Combustible liquids
Can I use a poly tank to store diesel on my farm?
Ricegrowers' Association of Australia has on its website the Guidelines
for Storing Fuel on Farms. The guide is published by the Australian
Institute of Petroleum. This
guideline includes a checklist that fuel distributors use, to decide
if they will deliver to your above ground bulk diesel storage unit.
(Its possible this link could change, so search Google for "Guidelines
for Safe Above-Ground Fuel Storage")
The fuel distributor will want to ensure that the tank meets the AS1692
Standard (Tanks for Flammable & Combustible Liquids), there is no rust,
there is good drive-in access, the site of the tank is clear, and not
near any hazards, and that the ladder to get to the filling point meets
the OH&S requirements in your state, and the requirements of AS1657
(ladders & handrails). More detail can be found in their fuel storage
guidelines. WorkSafe Australia has a guide called National Code of Practice
for Storage and handling of Workplace Dangerous Goods here.
Please also see this
document about the alignment of the ADGC and the GHS codes into
For diesel, the maximum tank size they allow is 10000 litres (see AS1940
You should contact the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) in your
State for other requirements in relation to bunding, spills, and location
near waterways. You should also refer to AS1940
- The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids.
As of the 1 May 2018 poly tanks qualify under the Standard AS1940. One
of the major safety problems with diesel storage tanks is rust, and
our poly tanks never rust! We have a range of transportable steel bunded
fuel storage tanks available. Most mining sites require a bunded
If you have trouble with your fuel distributor not wanting to fill a
poly tank, please refer them to this
Agsafe article. In our experience if one dealer/distributor won't,
then try their competitor, they probably will.
However, mounting our tanks on a trailer or truck, will allow you to
cart diesel to your site. We have purpose-built diesel
trailers, or our poly tanks can be mounted to a gal skid for pushing
onto a tipper or flat-bed truck. Have a look at the rules
for transporting Diesel .
Please note that the
above standard only applies to class 3 flammable liquids as defined in
ADG Code Clause 1.4.9. Diesel is a C1 liquid, except when its being
transported. Comments below refer only to diesel (not other flammable
liquids). If diesel is stored with other flammables the rules change.
The differences between the 2004 and 2017 codes are explained here
AS1940 specifies a maximum size of 10000L for diesel storage, provided
its outdoors, on open land (at least 2ha) and not near anything combustible.
It's a good idea to have an appropriate fire extinguisher nearby when storing any flammable liquid.
In enclosed areas
like sheds and warehouses, the maximum size is 500L, but this
changes depending on the surrounding items like walls and boundaries,
and the type of establishment, eg school, laboratory, commercial building..
A warehouse can store diesel up to 2000L depending on the available
floor space. Please refer to the standard for more detail.
A bund is
a containment area or wall, that can hold the diesel, in the event of
a spillage or tank failure. It needs to be able to retain its usefulness,
even in the event of fire eg brick wall. The bund must be made of non-combustible
material. AS1940-2017 clause 5.8.3 gives a detailed description of the
rules relating to the construction of a bund. Clause 5.8.1 says a bund
is not required if your tank fits within the definition of minor storage.
EPA NSW has guidelines on bunding and storage here
The advice on this page is
offered as a guide only. You should seek a suitably qualified consultant
if you need legally reliable advice.