The Critical Role of Regular Inspections for Above Ground Storage Tanks

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Above-ground storage tanks are essential for a wide range of industries, including mining, energy, government, and agriculture. These tanks are relied upon daily for the storage and transport of various materials and liquids. To ensure their optimal performance, longevity, and safety, regular tank inspections are crucial. With over 15 years of experience, ATM Tanks have been providing comprehensive tank design, installation, repairs, and maintenance services across Australia and the Pacific region, and we understand the importance of regular inspections in maintaining the integrity of these essential assets.

In this blog, we will explore the benefits of regular inspections and the critical role ATM Tanks can play in safeguarding your storage tanks.

1. Ensuring Structural Integrity and Preventing Leaks

Detecting Possible Issues Early On

Regular inspections enable the identification of potential issues before they escalate into major problems. Early detection of weaknesses, corrosion, or damage facilitates prompt repairs, ensuring the continued structural integrity of the tank and preventing costly leaks or failures that could have severe environmental impacts.

Reducing the Risk of Costly Repairs

Consistent monitoring and inspection of above-ground storage tanks can help prevent significant and costly repairs due to undetected wear and tear. By proactively maintaining these assets, replacing worn components, and addressing minor defects, businesses can avert situations that would otherwise require extensive and expensive intervention.

2. Compliance with Regulations and Industry Standards

Meeting Regulatory Requirements

In Australia, above-ground storage tanks must comply with specific regulations and industry standards, such as Australian Standards AS 1692-2006 (Steel Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids) and AS 1940-2017 (The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids). Regular inspections ensure your tank remains compliant, preventing potential legal consequences and protecting public safety.

Adherence to Industry Best Practices

Regular inspections not only ensure compliance with relevant regulations but also contribute to the adoption of industry best practices. ATM Tanks prioritises safety, efficiency, and maintaining a high standard of service, helping businesses increase the lifespan of their storage tanks and minimise operational risks.

3. Enhancing Operational Efficiency and Productivity

Optimising Tank and System Performance

Through regular inspections, businesses can identify any performance issues within the tank and associated systems that may impact productivity and efficiency. By addressing these concerns, organisations can improve overall operational efficiency and prolong the useful life of their tanks.

Minimising Downtime and Production Losses

The ability to detect potential issues early through regular inspection allows businesses to schedule repairs and maintenance in a way that reduces downtime and minimises production losses. With the help of ATM Tanks’ industry expertise, businesses can enjoy improved output and continued storage efficiency.

4. Maintaining a Safe Work Environment

Assessing the Risks of Leaks and Failures

Regular tank inspections are essential for assessing the risk of leaks and failures that could jeopardise employee health and safety or compromise environmental compliance. Properly functioning tanks are necessary for maintaining a safe work environment and protecting the welfare of workers and the broader community.

Proactive Approach to Hazard Prevention

By conducting thorough inspections and immediately addressing any concerns, businesses can proactively prevent hazards that might otherwise emerge due to a lack of maintenance or undetected damage. Engaging with ATM Tanks’ inspection services fosters a culture of proactive hazard prevention and risk management.


Investing in regular inspections for your above-ground storage tanks is vital for ensuring structural integrity, compliance with regulations, enhanced operational efficiency, and a safe work environment. With a wealth of experience and first-class expertise, ATM Tanks is well-positioned to provide comprehensive inspection services that are tailored to your specific requirements, maximising the performance, longevity, and safety of your essential storage assets.

Don’t leave your above-ground storage tanks at risk of costly repairs, deterioration, or potential safety hazards. Partner with ATM Tanks today and benefit from our comprehensive tank inspection services, providing you with peace of mind and ensuring that your tanks remain in top condition, ready to meet the demands of your business. Contact us now to learn more about our inspection and maintenance solutions.

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Aaron James
Aaron has been working at ATM Tanks for the past 5 years. He has completed a wide range of projects across Australia including new tank builds, cleaning and servicing existing tanks and countless tank inspections. However he has excelled recently at project management for ATM Tanks.

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