Handling and storing fuel within the workplace has its own hazards. To ensure worker safety and to keep accidents to a minimum, OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) enforces certain regulations. Companies that deal with the storage and handling of fuel should be aware of the appropriate OSHA regulations surrounding their business. Following the regulations given by OSHA will help prevent accidents and spills, and keep the workplace safe for everyone.
Fuel tank storage regulations
Fuels, by their very nature, are extremely flammable. To prevent accidental ignition or spills, OSHA requires that workplaces handle and store fuel in a safe and responsible manner. The regulations are wide and varied. Here are a few examples of what OSHA’s regulations cover.
A tank of fuel cannot be stored in stairways, exits, or along passageways used by workers. This regulation helps prevent accidental contact with the containers, which could cause leaks. OSHA also prohibits workers from stacking portable fuel storage tanks, if the tanks have a capacity of 30 gallons or more.
OSHA does allow a fuel tank of 25 gallons or less to be stored in a room without meeting the agency’s regulations. Containers of 25 gallons or more must be stored in a specially designed cabinet with the bottom, sides, and top made with 1-inch or thicker plywood. The entire cabinet, inside and out, must have a layer of fire-retardant paint. Any damage to the painted surface or cabinet means the cabinet does not meet OSHA regulations.
Another OSHA regulation states that businesses are not allowed to store more than 2000 cubic feet of liquefied petroleum in storage containers within a building. An outside fuel tank must be at least 20 feet from all buildings on the property. This OSHA regulation provides clear access to all sides of the fuel tank and a buffer between potential ignition sources in the building and the fuel.
Portable fuel tank regulations
The valve on a portable cylinder fuel tank must be closed before a worker can transport the tank. Per OSHA regulations, a tank must be secured to a cradle, platform, or boat when being moved by crane or derrick. This OSHA regulation is to prevent dropping the cylinder tank to the ground, which can damage it and lead to leaks or explosions.
Portable generators need energy to run. Fuel tanks for these generators should be metal and attached directly to the generator frame. This helps prevent static build-up and keep potential premature fuel ignition from happening.
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