With fierce thunderstorms cracking off all over the country as we approach the end of Summer, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has issued a reminder about lightning and the safe handling of dangerous goods and explosives.
DMP’s Principal Dangerous Goods Officer Peter Xanthis said the possibility of lightning igniting flammable dangerous goods and explosives was very real.
“With all the thunderstorm activity over the past week, it is timely to remind operators about the risks associated with lightning when loading and unloading flammable dangerous goods,” Mr Xanthis said.
“This is why the Department of Mines and Petroleum recommends operators suspend loading and unloading of flammable dangerous goods (for example petrol) when severe lightning storms are in the vicinity.
“It is also recommended that all tank openings are closed during a lightning storm if it is safe to do so.”