Gasoline Explosions a primary jobsite danger
Not even Usain Bolt can outrun a gasoline explosion. If you or your employees are not faster than the fastest man ever, then your only option is to prevent explosions from happening in the first place.
Unfortunately, complacency in handling flammable and combustible liquids on the jobsite is one of the most common OHSA violations that occur on construction sites and at mechanics’ shops.
Most commercial van operators have to carry at least a small amount of gasoline to fill tools and equipment throughout their day. In the hot days of summer, the risk of combustion increases; flammable liquids such as gasoline can ignite at temperatures under 100°F.
Here are some tips for safely and properly transporting, storing and using gasoline:
- Ensure you use only approved safety containers for transportation and storage of fuels.
- Make sure the engine is off and has cooled down before refilling.
- Never store fuel in unventilated, enclosed spaces such as van boxes when not in transportation; It can quickly reach over 100°F and cause an explosion.
- Refuel your tools and equipment before leaving the shop for the day in a fueling designated area.
- Only carry what you need; risk increases with the amount of fuel you carry, and with the added carrying weight you burn more fuel in transportation.
- Store large amounts of fuel in cool, dry places in metal containers that have a spring-loaded, pressure release cap, are self-closing and are equipped with a spark arrester.
- Invest in fuel-efficient tools that burn less gasoline so you don’t need to worry about refueling.
- And, last, NEVER smoke near fueling or storage areas.
For more information on proper handling and a better idea about the risks improper gasoline practices create, visit www.osha.gov.
For more information on how VMAC products can help your end-users mitigate these dangers, please contact us at email@example.com.
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