Loading, Storage and Handling Temperature

Loading Compatibility Matrix:

Specifically designed for bitumen distributors, this chart provides practical guidance for switch loading, or reloading, of road tankers. Download

Maximum Safe Handling Temperature:

Based on an analysis of safety considerations Eurobitume has created a list of proposed maximum safe handling temperatures for bitumen. These temperatures have been establisshed through generally satisfactory operational experience and are consistent with the Energy Institute Model Code of Safe Practice, Part 11. Download

Safe Storage:

If bitumen is overheated, it can have a serious effect on the properties of the material, impacting its usability. Overheating can also lead to the build-up of deposits inside the storage tank and increased emissions. For this reason, bitumen should be stored at a temperature of at least 30°C below its flash point.

The bitumen industry recommend the following maximum storage and operational temperatures:

  • Road bitumen ≤ 200 °C
  • Industrial bitumen ≤ 230 °C

Eurobitume and your bitumen provider are happy to provide further information on safe storage if you have any questions.

All our HSE Guidance documentation can be accessed via our publication page.

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