Gasoline and fuel oils are highly flammable and if handled improperly, these substances can make refuelling equipment a dangerous task. Be AWARE of the hazards present and follow prevention steps to avoid an incident on your site.
- Fuel spills can occur due to inattention of the fuel attendant, or improperly maintained equipment, resulting in a fire and explosion hazard.
- Fuel spills cause damage to the environment.
- Improper fuelling techniques, or an engine left running may cause a fire, explosion, or a spill.
- Smoking while fuelling can cause a fire or explosion.
- Filling unapproved containers can result in static electricity charge, resulting in a fire or explosion.
- Using improperly maintained hoses, pumps or nozzles can cause a fire or explosion.
- Inhalation of low levels of gasoline fumes may cause nausea, eye and throat irritation.
- Inhalation of high levels of fumes can result in dizziness, headache, lack of appetite, drowsiness and in-coordination.
- Gasoline spilled on the body for a prolonged time can cause severe burns.
- Wear the appropriate PPE (eye protection – Viton or Neoprene gloves)
- Always concentrate on the task at hand and ensure equipment is properly maintained.
- Have a spill kit available and workers trained in its use in case of a spill.
- Never fill an unapproved container.
- Maintain all pumps, hoses, and nozzles in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
- Do not overfill the fuel tank.
- On hot days allow for the fuel to expand to avoid overfilling.
- Do not use electronic devices, such as cell phones or MP3 players while fuelling, as a spark could cause ignition.
- Always turn off the engine before fuelling equipment.
- Never smoke while refuelling or refuel near any open flame.
- Ensure a fire extinguisher is present in the fuelling station.
- Ensure fuelling stations are set up in well ventilated areas.
- Remove any clothing that has absorbed gasoline and wash from your body thoroughly.