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Farming Industry:

Do I need a Stationary Container Systems Certificate and/or Location Test Certificate...

Criteria: Any tank, drums or containers for petrol or diesel must:

  • comply with the design, construction and installation requirements; and
  • be at least 20 metres from dwellings or other buildings made of combustable materials; and
  • be at least 6 meters from other dangerous goods or combustible materials; and
  • be compounded (bunded) or located so that any spillage will not endanger any building, or flow into any natural water body.

For petrol, if these criteria are not met, a Location Test Certificate is required where more than 50 litres of petrol is stored. There is no similar limit for a location Test Certificate for Diesel.

Petrol
 
Above Ground Tank
Below Ground Tank
Drums or Containers
Location Test Certificate
Up to 2,000 litres
More then 2,000 litres
Any capacity
Up to 2,000 litres
More then 2,000 litres
no
yes
yes
no
yes
 
 
Up to 2,500 litres
More then 2,500 litres
Any Capacity
Not required
Stationary Container Test Certificate - New Tanks
no
yes
yes
Stationary Container Test Certificate - Existing Tanks 1
no
yes
Up to 5,000 litres
More then 5,000 litres
no 2
yes

Diesel
 
Above Ground Tank
Below Ground Tank
Drums or Containers
Location Test Certificate
Not Required
Not Required
 
 
Up to 5,000 Litres
More then 5,000 Litres
Any Capacity
Stationary Container Test Certificate - New and Existing Tanks
no
yes
yes

1
An Existing Tank is one installed and in use prior to 1 April 2004. Refer to Guidance for Storage of Petrol on Farms on the ERMA site ER-IS-41-1.pdf
2
The tank must comply with the Code of Practice for Existing Stationary Container Systems up to 60,000 litres capacity. If in doubt check with a Test Certifier or competent person.

Click the link below to view the Code of Practice/Approved Practice Guides:

APG for Safe Above-Ground Fuel Storage on Farms - HSNO Act 1996
COP for Filling of Below Ground petrol Tanks by Pumping - HSNO Act 1996

 

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