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Atmospheric storage tanks are used in a great variety of industries and the maintenance of those can be challenging. One of the most common hazardous materials held in atmospheric storage tanks are flammable liquids. Atmospheric tanks are used for the storage of liquids at ambient temperature and for the storage of refrigerated liquids. Housekeeping activities, such as repairing, painting, cleaning, welding, grinding and cutting are hazardous actions. Major hazards associated with maintenance of atmospheric storage tanks are related to confined space, flammable or explosive atmosphere. It is therefore important to address these hazards to prevent incidents occurring during maintenance work.
Ask yourself and your crew:
- How can something like this happen here (e.g. on our site)?
- What safety measures (i.e. procedures, controls/barriers) do we have in place to mitigate the risk?
- How do we know the risk controls/barriers are working?
- What improvements or changes should we make to the procedures, controls/barriers or the way we work?
Original content courtesy of IChemE Safety Centre