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Storing fuel on-site is a convenient option but there are specific requirements and regulations that you are required by law to follow regarding fuel storage on construction sites. Risks significantly increase when you incorrectly store and transfer fuel. It’s a fire hazard and could result in property damage, injury, or fatalities.
The aim of this guide is to give you a summary of the OSHA Guidelines for fuel storage and handling. These are legal guidelines and all construction sites must adhere to them to ensure the safety of all workers and residents. Here is a breakdown of the guidelines for fuel storage and transfer on construction sites.
These are requirements for the storage of flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline or diesel as outlined by OSHA. Here is a summary of the laws in place for storing fuel in containers or a fuel tank on construction sites.
Storage tanks also have to be marked with the name of the fuel contents, and a six-inch high, legible sign saying “FLAMMABLE – KEEP FIRE AND FLAME AWAY”. This is a requirement by law and if it’s not labeled, you will be liable for any damages. Tank saddles are also a legal requirement. These ensure the tank is protected against corrosion.
Fuel Tank Refills – Use a tank that is suitable for outdoor use and has an Underwriters Listed (UL) stamp. Tanks of this nature can hold large supplies of fuel, for up to weeks or even months. Therefore, keeping refills to a minimum reduces risks of spillage, leaks, and fire. Allow space for expansion so never refill tanks more than 95% of their capacity.
Fuel Tank Location – Tanks should be installed in an east-west orientation to avoid as much sunlight as possible. They should be placed on a high well-drained site, a minimum of 40 feet from any buildings, water tributary, or combustible materials, for safety reasons. Ensure the storage area is free of weeds and foliage and this is also a fire hazard. Tanks must be kept away from any risk of ignition. No welding or cutting with torches can go on nearby. If this type of work is expected then it’s not a safe area to store fuel.
These OSHA safety guidelines are for the transfer of flammable and combustible liquids intended for end-use, when refueling for example, or any other fuel transfer. It’s important to follow these carefully when dealing with fuel storage on construction sites.
These guidelines must be followed by all employees on the site. Fuel storage and transfer on construction sites can be a fire hazard and could cause an explosion if the proper safety guidelines are not complied with. Here are some more safety tips for storing your diesel.
GPI offers a variety of fuel transfer pumps that meet OSHA requirements for fuel transfer and are cycle tested to exceed industry standards.
GPI/GPRO mobile pump options for construction sites include:
G20 – This 12 VDC has the capacity to pump 20 GPM and and can operate efficiently in temperatures between -20°F TO 125°F. This mobile pump transfers gasoline (up to 15% alcohol blends such as E15), diesel fuel (up to 20% biodiesel blends such as B20), and kerosene.
V25 – This 12VDC fuel transfer pump cranks out 25 GPM withstand extreme temperatures from -40°F to 125°F (see XTS model). This pump is intended for the transfer of gasoline (up to 15% alcohol blends such as E-15), diesel fuel (up to 20% biodiesel blends such as B20), and kerosene.
If you follow the OSHA guidelines above and train all of your crew on the correct protocols for fuel storage and transfer, you will ensure a safe and compliant construction site.
GPI pumps offer a variety of flow rates from 5 to 25 GPM. All of our pumps are constructed of all aluminum parts with powder-coated motor housings that resist corrosion and are designed to withstand the test of time.
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