OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Fueling

Fueling

  • Is it prohibited to fuel an internal combustion engine with a flammable liquid while the engine is running?
  • Are fueling operations done in such a manner that likelihood of spillage will be minimal?
  • When spillage occurs during fueling operations, is the spilled fuel washed away completely, evaporated, or other measures taken to control vapors before restarting the engine?
  • Are fuel tank caps replaced and secured before starting the engine?
  • In fueling operations, is there always metal contact between the container and the fuel tank?
  • Are fueling hoses of a type designed to handle the specific type of fuel?
  • Is it prohibited to handle or transfer gasoline in open containers?
  • Are open lights, open flames, sparking, or arcing equipment prohibited near fueling or transfer of fuel operations?
  • Is smoking prohibited in the vicinity of fueling operations?
  • Are fueling operators prohibited in buildings or other enclosed areas that are not specifically ventilated for this purpose?
  • Where fueling or transfer of fuel is done through a gravity flow system, are the nozzles of the self-closing type?