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Diesel Fuels

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14-May-2014 03:58 PM

Dunga

Posts: 4


Good afternoon.
I have had a request from one of our campuses to see if they can store a 44 gallon drum of diesel on site. Are you able to tell me what we would be required to do if this was allowed? Previously we only held smaller quantaties at any given time.
Any advice appreciated
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28-May-2014 04:22 PM

Barry Boné

Posts: 14

Dunga,

Sorry about the delayed reply, been busy.

Diesel is a combustible liquid. Given the right conducive circumstances it will catch fire and it is a bugger to put out. Lots of annoying thick black smoke.

I would advise that 200 litres is too much to store inside a building and would recommend finding a safe place outside where the drum can be stored (inside a 250 litre Drum Cabinet) and then pump from this drum into "Day Use Safety Cans" for taking into the building. Decanting product from the host 200 litre drum inside a building is also fraught with danger if not carried out properly. Outside, in a well ventilated area, at least 4 metres away from potential ignition sources, is much safer.

Decanting will require anti static leads from the drum to the Safety Cans as well as the drum being suitably earthed. This is normally done by a qualified sparky who understands the control of undesirable static electricity.

Whether inside or outside you will need at least one 9kg foam extinguisher (2A 20 B) to be situated 3 metres from the drum and preferably someone who is competently trained in managing the extinguisher should the need arise. Anyone pumping product from the host to day cans will need to use the correct PPE which will include gloves, long sleeves and eye protection. A hydrocarbon Spill Kit should also be positioned at a reasonable distance from the drum for immediate use in case of a minor spill. If a Drum Cabinet is not used then the drum will need to be positioned over a bunded pallet to capture any spillages/leaks.

The quantity is below the Placard Quantity noted in  WH&S Schedule however it would be prudent to affix a combustible liquid sign adjacent to the Storage for the benefit of emergency service personnel.

Hope that is helpful,  

Barry Boné AMS (Grad) AIDGC

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