Signs of a safe farm fuel tank

You must safely store and handle fuels so they don’t pollute the environment or harm you, your family, employees or neighbours. Safe fuel storage also makes financial sense – no more paying good money for fuel wasted through leaks, drips and spills!

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

WorkSafe New Zealand’s Good Practice Guidelines: Above ground fuel storage on farms will help you safely store and handle your farm’s[1] fuel supplies.

[image] Safe above ground farm tank with labels and red arrows pointing to key components

Figure 1: A safe above ground farm fuel tank (note: secondary containment is not shown).

 

Here’s a summary of the minimum requirements you must meet to store and handle your fuel safely.

Table 1: HSNO requirements for Petrol

Amount of petrol stored on farm >4ha (litres)550100200250100020002500+
Fuel supplier must supply safety data sheets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Farmer must have safety data sheets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Approved handlers             Yes Yes
Fire extinguishers (number)   1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Signs         Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emergency response plans           Yes[2] Yes Yes
Secondary containment           Yes[2] Yes Yes
Location test certificate             Yes Yes
Stationary container system test certificate               Yes[3]

Table 2: HSNO requirements for Diesel

Amount of diesel stored on farm >4ha  (litres)110020025050010002000[5]5000
Fuel supplier must supply safety data sheets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Farmer needs to have safety
data sheets (person in charge)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fire extinguishers (number)         2 2 2 2
Signs           Yes Yes Yes
Emergency response plans           Yes Yes Yes
Secondary containment           Yes[4] Yes Yes
Stationary container system test certificate               Yes
[6][7]

Footnotes

[1] A farm is an area of land at least four hectares in size. The land’s main purpose must be agricultural, and does not include golf courses or parks.

[2] If the fuel is stored so that a spill will not endanger buildings, streams or other water bodies, these requirements are only needed if you store 2,000 litres of petrol.

[3] Or 50 litres if the petrol is stored in an above ground tank that is connected to a stationary engine.

[4] If the fuel is stored so that a spill will not endanger buildings, streams or other water bodies, these requirements are only needed if you store 2,000 litres of diesel.

[5] For above ground diesel tanks installed before 1 April 2004, this figure is 2,500 litres.

[6] Or 60 litres if the diesel is stored in an above ground tank that is connected to a burner.

[7] Or 500 litres if the diesel is stored in an above ground tank that is connected to a stationary engine.