business.govt.nz"
Search this website
| Options Options
Search Type
Signs of a safe farm fuel tank (Fact sheet)
Document Actions

Signs of a safe farm fuel tank (Fact sheet)

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!

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] shows a fuel tank indicating 15 safe tank signs. Click to view full screen version.

Click on the image to view a full screen version

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) 5 50 100 200 250 1000 2000 2500+
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) 1 100 200 250 500 1000 2000[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           Yes4 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.


Published: March 2015. Current until review in 2017.

 

Last updated 18 May 2015

PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.