Storage Operations. Minimum procedures required for proper quality surveillance of storage operations are
a. If possible, ensures tanks are used for one type of product only. Clean storage tanks when products
b. Keep records on all tanks listing test results. Use these records to set up tank cleaning schedules.
c. Segregate products and grades in separate systems when possible, and identify lines and facilities.
Protect the product using blank flanges, bleeder valves, or by removing section of pipe. Segregation by a single
valve is not sufficient.
d. Consolidate on-specification stocks. This will keep storage tanks filled, reduce breathing and
evaporation losses, and keep other tanks empty for receipt of new product.
e. When receiving product into partly filled tanks, ensure that it is the same product type and the same
quality or better. Do not receive product of uncertain quality into a partly filled tank.
f. Ensure the product is allowed to settle at least the minimum time allowed IAW Mil-HDBK-200.
g. Remove water daily from working tanks and weekly from other tanks.
h. Do not maintain water bottoms unless specifically authorized to do so. Transfer the contents of
leaking tanks ASAP after discovery of leak.
i. Sample and test dormant stocks as prescribed in surveillance tables in MIL-HDBK-200 Table II
(basically every 6 months for bulk dormant stocks or every 12 months for packaged products) and Table I (when
operating stocks fall into one of the prescribed categories).
a. Ensure tankers are used for one product type only.
NOTE: Tanker may be a land vehicle, barge, or ship.
b. Inspects tanks for cleanliness and vehicle for safety and proper mechanical operations.
c. Verify all forms and signature cards.
d. Verify amount loaded into tank.
e. Place seals on tank cover, valves, and manifold (when using civilian contractors).