General Orientation

Rev. November 10, 2020

Fuel Safety

Caron Equipment Inc. has developed this policy to ensure that staff use proper due diligence in the handling of fuel and to promote safe work procedures for the health and safety of every worker.

Fuel Safety Policy

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Guideline

  • Approach pumps slowly and using caution

  • Before fueling, monitor the area for potential sources of fire

  • Turn off your vehicle while fueling

  • Do not kink the hose; throw the nozzle on the ground or misuse equipment and/or accessories

  • Ensure nozzle is fully inserted into the tank or container

  • Only fuel in open areas that have a source of fresh air and/or ventilation

  • The nozzle must be manned at all times during fueling operation. This practice is a must to enable immediate shut-off in the event of a problem or emergency

  • Ease up on the nozzle, when filling the top portion of the tank to prevent spills avoid filling the tank or container to the edge, fuel expands when exposed to changing temperatures

  • Do not smoke, use cell phones or other electrical devices within 10 meters of any fuel storage or handling area

  • Gasoline can be harmful or fatal if swallowed. If someone swallows gasoline, do not induce vomiting. Contact your supervisor and doctor immediately

  • Use fuel as a motor fuel only. Never use fuel to wash your hands or as a cleaning solvent

  • Ensure to use proper fuel type for the type of equipment or vehicle being fueled

  • Fuel and other hazardous substances should be stored at least 30 meters away from water bodies

  • Never leave the vehicle unattended while refueling and never use a device to hold the discharge lever in the open position

  • When finished fueling, place the nozzle in the holder in the upright position and ensure the hose is out of the traffic lane

 

Portable Containers

  • Only store fuel in approved containers as required by CSA or ULC standards

  • Never store fuel in glass or any other unapproved containers

  • If using metal containers, make sure that they are properly bonded and grounded to prevent static discharge

  • Make sure to remove the container from vehicle before refueling

  • When dispensing fuel into a portable container, manually control the nozzle valve throughout the filling process

  • Fill a portable container slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity build up and minimize spilling or splattering

  • Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion

  • Place cap tightly on the container after filling

  • Do not use containers that do not seal properly

  • When storing smaller amounts of fuels and oils ensure that they are stored within a drip tray with absorbent matting

  • If the fuel spills on the container, make sure that it has evaporated before you place the container in your vehicle

  • Report spills to your supervisor immediately

  • When transporting fuel in a portable container make sure it is secured against tipping and sliding and never leave it in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car

  • Never leave the container unattended while refueling and never use a device to hold the discharge lever in the open position.

  • Ensure that the delivery nozzle has been properly returned to the pump after filling

 

Equipment

  • Perform inspections on all relevant equipment prior to use

  • Check for any leaks under the truck

  • If there is a sign of leaks, find the cause before using the equipment and/or notify your supervisor

  • If everything seems in order, you may start the engine.

 

Fuel Delivery

Before approaching a machine, ensure that visual or radio contact has been established with the operator.

Proceed only when the operator acknowledges your presence by stopping his work and signaling you forward.

 

  • The machine must be parked in a safe manner

  • Ensure that there are no leaks in the delivery system

  • Ensure that the receiving tank is in a proper location and in good condition

  • When the machine is being filled, it must be powered off

  • Ensure good footing when pulling the hose to access the filling point

  • Ensure that the nozzle is bonded to bare metal on the tank or fill pipe

  • When fueling is complete, replace fuel cap

  • Make good use of the equipment and accessories

  • Turn off the pump and store the hose with good housekeeping practices in mind

  • Ensure the area is safe before leaving

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