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Refuelling Equipment

Refuelling Equipment

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.

Hazards

  • 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.

Prevention

  • 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.

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