What is HSG176 guidance for bulk liquid storage?

HSG176 helps sites assess risks surrounding the use of flammable liquids and implement systems of control. HSG176 storage of flammable liquids in tanks was recently updated to align with the recommendations of the Buncefield report.

The guidance applies to:

  • Above and below ground fixed bulk storage tanks
  • Premises where flammable liquids are stored in individual tanks or groups of tanks
  • Portable or skid-mounted vessels with capacities in excess of 1000 litres

HSG176 is one of a trio of documents dealing with fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids.

The other two are:

  1. HSG51 – Storage of flammable liquids in containers
  2. HSG140 – Safe use and handling of flammable liquids

The document also gives you guidance on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of installation used for the storage of flammable liquids in fixed and transportable tanks operating at or near atmospheric pressure.

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