Installing a bulk LPG tank in an uncontrolled public areaPosted January 8, 2013
LPG bulk tank installations for supply to autogas refuelling sites or to multiple consumers (for example, housing estates or home parks) to which the public have uncontrolled access (for example, no controlled access and secure perimeter fence), should be enclosed by a security fence (for example, open mesh or palisade types). The security fence should meet the following criteria:
- Ensures adequate ventilation
- Is at least 1.8m high
- Is at a distance of no less than 1.5m from the storage installation (unless it is otherwise adequately protected)
Around the immediate vessel area, fences should have at least 2 means of exit. Gates or access should open outwards and be easily and immediately able to open from the inside. They should not be self locking and should provide unobstructed means of escape.
The fence should be at least 3m from the vessel. Vessels exceeding 4 tonnes in size are subject to a specific site risk assessment. AvantiGas’s trained and experienced in-house technical team would carry out this assessment. For more advice on LPG site risk assessments please call us on 0808 208 0000 or speak to your current LPG supplier.
The distance between the fence and the vessel may be reduced to 1.5m at autogas refuelling sites provided that the compound is subject to constant surveillance (i.e. visible to site staff either directly or via CCTV with 24/7 attended operation).
Combustible materials should not be allowed to accumulate and arrangements should be made to control the positioning of sources of ignition within the remainder of the area, which is within the separation distance (7.5m from the tank for those between 1.1 and 4 tonnes in LPG capacity) and outside of the security fence.
An AvantiGas representative will advise you of the safest location of your LPG tank when conducting the site survey. To arrange a free site survey please contact us by clicking here or calling us on 0808 208 0000.