How to Properly Inspect Oil Tanks

Course Description:

Oil spills can have a catastrophic effect on the environment, endanger public health and safety, and have significant adverse economic impacts. Therefore, it is important to take precautions to prevent such spills from happening. Regularly scheduled inspections, evaluations, and testing of bulk oil storage containers by qualified personnel are critical parts of discharge prevention. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s, or EPA’s, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure, or SPCC, regulations establish such precautions. This session will cover what is required and how to properly inspect bulk oil storage containers according to the requirements of the SPCC Program.

Course Duration: 28 minutes

Why “How to Properly Inspect Oil Tanks” Matters:

The SPCC rule lays down required standards and procedures for the inspection and integrity testing of oil tanks. The rule identifies specific procedures that must be followed when inspecting and testing above-ground bulk storage tanks. You need to be aware of exceptions to the rules; failure to follow these requirements could cause an oil discharge resulting in citations and fines for violation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agency regulations.

Key Points:

At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Recall what tanks must be inspected
  • Recognize how tank testing and inspection requirements are determined
  • Recall what criteria must be evaluated when inspecting and testing oil tanks and associated equipment

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