Avoiding accidents and injury when working around frac tanks requires training; all personnel should be aware of potential safety issues. Here is a list to consider when conducting safety training:
- Assure that fasteners on all manways are secure and that all valves are closed before filling.
- Place locks on the butterfly valves if site security is a concern.
- If storing environmentally sensitive fluids, consider using a spill guard.
- If personnel need to enter the tank, assure that Confined Space Entry (CSE) training has been provided and CSE procedures are followed.
- Be alert for electrocution hazards if the tank is placed under or near overhead power lines.
- Never attempt to move a loaded tank.
- Do not walk on the tank outside of designated safety areas.
- Be aware that all steel surfaces will be slick in wet or freezing weather; use caution.
- Stand to the side of valves when opening them, even if hoses or pipes are attached to the valve.
- When working with the valve at the back of the tank, be careful not to hit your head.
- Assure that the tank is securely grounded if there is risk that the internal atmosphere may be explosive or flammable.
- Do not introduce any substances that are incompatible with the steel, epoxy coating, or valve materials.
- Do not exceed the tank‘s temperature limitations.
- Do not pump into or pump out of the tank at a rate which would introduce excessive pressure or vacuum.