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Abandoned tanks

Notification to SafeWork SA is required for the abandonment of an underground, partially underground or fully mounded tank that was used to store flammable gases and flammable liquids.

A tank is taken to be abandoned if the tank has not been used to store flammable gases or liquids for 2 years or the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) does not intend to use the tank to store flammable gases or liquids again.

When a PCBU intends that an underground storage and handling system will no longer be used, the system so far as is reasonably practicable, must be removed (regulation 366 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations, 2012 (SA)).

It may not be practicable to remove an underground tank due to its close proximity to surrounding structures (eg adjacent underground tanks or building foundations) or an extensive system of pipe work existing in the subsurface above the underground tank. If it is not reasonably practicable to remove the system, the person must ensure there is no risk to health and safety. In such cases, the tank may need to be decommissioned in-situ.

Please fill in the notification form (PDF 283kb) and submit to SafeWork SA via post or email:

SafeWork SA
Licensing Unit
GPO Box 465
Adelaide SA 5001

Email Abandoned Tank notification form

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