Safety alert on TAV brand tank level switches

04 July 2006 17:51  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Tuesday asked operators storing hazardous substances in large tanks to carry out immediate checks on TAV branded level switches.

In a safety alert arsing from its investigation into the Buncefield oil products terminal explosion and fire in December last year, the executive advised operators to carry out checks where TAV level switches manufactured and supplied by Cynergy3 Components are installed.

“The Safety Alert is primarily for the attention of those companies operating oil/fuel storage facilities. However, it may also be relevant to other sites storing hazardous substances in large tanks where gauges are used,” head of the HSE’s Chemical Industries Division, Kevin Allars, said:

Operators should check TAV level switches fitted with change over (double throw) reed switches, the HSE said. These switches are normally used in ‘de-energise’ mode to maintain alarm/trip circuits in ‘normal’ status.

Details of the Safety Alert can be found on the HSE website at: www.hse.gov.uk/comah/alerts/sa0106.htm


By: Nigel Davis
+44 20 8652 3214



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