The storage of flammable liquids in tanks

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HSG176 (Second edition)

This guidance applies to above and below ground fixed bulk storage tanks. It applies to premises where flammable liquids are stored in individual tanks or groups of tanks. It may also be applied to portable or skid-mounted vessels with capacities in excess of 1000 litres.

It also gives guidance on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of installation used for the storage of flammable liquids in fixed and transportable tanks operating at or near atmospheric pressure.

It will help you assess the risks arising from the use of flammable liquids and decide how to control those risks.

The guidance is one of three documents dealing with fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids. The other two are:

It supplements the advice contained in Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

The guidance has been updated to align with the recommendations of the Buncefield report.

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Updated: 2023-10-31