Accession Number : ADA311579

Title :   Electrostatic and General Hazards Associated with Cleaning Army Fabric Bulk Fuel Tanks (TFCs).

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Bajinskis, Gunars ; Billion, Horace ; Quinn, Jim

PDF Url : ADA311579

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : Assistance has been sought to assess the safety from electrostatic hazards of personnel cleaning the 45,000 L tank fabric collapsible (TFC) that is used by the Australian Army for fuel storage. Concerns centre on the level of electrostatic charge that may be generated on personnel while wearing protective suits and working inside the TFCs. If inappropriate attire is worn the energy of an electrostatic discharge from personnel can exceed the ignition energy of the most sensitive concentration fuel air mixture. Electrostatic tests were carried out on suits supplied and several conclusions regarding safe working conditions are listed. Although not directly related to electrostatics, other occupational health and safety aspects are raised in the report.

Descriptors :   *HAZARDS, *FUEL TANKS, *CLEANING, *ARMY, *ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE, TEST AND EVALUATION, ENERGY, BULK MATERIALS, FUELS, SAFETY, ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, IGNITION, PERSONNEL, STORAGE, AUSTRALIA, PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, ELECTROSTATICS, OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Physical Chemistry
      Solvents, Cleaners, and Abrasives
      Fuels
      Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE