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Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS)
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Oil, Oil, Everywhere - Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS)
Oil, Oil, Everywhere - Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS)

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Subsurface geotech coring and sampling at a service station forecourt and groundwater bore installation.
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Coring through concrete forecourt for subsurface coring, sampling and groundwater bore installation.
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Dangerous Goods on Expired Sites
Written on the 1 July 2014 by Workcover NSW

WorkCover NSW is here to help improve safety for workers and businesses.

Our high consequence, low frequency program is designed to identify high risk industries and activities, and provide tailored safety advice and assistance.

The storage of large quantities of dangerous goods requires a specialised approach to safety management. For this reason, WorkCover requires notification of these sites. It is also important that this information remains up to date as it is used by other government agencies – e.g. Fire & Rescue NSW.

Sites that have not provided current information about their dangerous goods storage are referred to as ‘expired’.

The current program will focus on expired sites with underground storage tanks that have been previously used to
store flammable gases or liquids. If these tanks have not been appropriately maintained or decommissioned, they
pose a serious risk of fire, explosion and contamination of the environment.

Over the next twelve months WorkCover will be visiting expired sites across NSW providing practical advice and assistance to ensure:
all hazardous chemicals are being stored and handled safely
any underground storage tanks that are no longer in use have been appropriately decommissioned.

WorkCover has the most up to date information about the types of dangerous goods being stored on these sites.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe when working around dangerous goods:
implement an appropriate system for the safe management of hazardous chemicals, this includes having a hazardous chemicals register and manifest, placards, emergency plan and notification;
make sure any underground storage tanks that are no longer in use have been appropriately decommissioned
and always use a suitably qualified person to carry out the work
ensure the notification of dangerous goods on your premises is up to date.

For more information, call 13 10 50 or visit workcover.nsw.gov.au
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A commercial fuel delivery company in Sydney was called to deliver 5,000L of diesel fuel for a commercial buildings underground fuel storage tank.  The driver dumped 5,000L of diesel fuel into the unmarked fill pipe, which, unfortunately, was open ended inside the basement car park, causing an internal building spill.  We assisted in assessing tank and line integrity prior next fuel order.
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NSW WorkCover Safety Alert for UPSS Tank Decommissioning

This improper tank decommissioning work in Eastwood, NSW, was carried out by carried out by inexperienced persons.  The following standards were not followed, causing the explosion.

•  Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011(WHS)
•  Australian Standard AS 4976-2008:  The removal and disposal of underground petroleum storage tanks
•  Australian Standard AS 1940-2004:  The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids
•  Australian Standard AS/NZS 60079.10.1:  Explosive atmospheres – Classification of areas – Explosive gas atmospheres
• Australian Standard AS/NZS 60079.29.1:  Explosive atmospheres – Gas detectors – Performance requirements of detectors for flammable gases
• Code of practice – Demolition work
• Code of practice – Excavation work
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Fuel or Chemical Tank Decommissioning, In-Situ

It may be impractical or undesirable to remove some underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS), such as those located in the basement of a building or where removal will have an impact on other structures. In these situations, the disused UPSS should be emptied and decommissioned in-situ by filling the tank with a concrete slurry, sand or hard cell foam.

Validation reports for tanks decommissioned in-situ, such as where their removal is impractical or will affect other structures, must
include a site drawing showing the location of all equipment and associated infrastructure remaining at the site. In these cases, sampling should be carried out in the surrounding soils as close to the tank pit as practicable using safe working practices.  Reports must be provided to WorkCover and the relevant local authorities.
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Pretty cool use of fuel in the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6...
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Tank cleaning, repair and relining with fiberglass coating.
Tank Relining Photos @ Speedway - 171 Clyde Street
GRANVILLE,  NSW  2142
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