Refuelling Mobile Equipment

Hazards Identified
Fire, explosion, splashing fuel, spillage of toxic substance, equipment striking pumps, vehicle rolling, slipping

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection

Hazard-Specific Training
Familiarization with fuel dispensing system
Fire extinguisher familiarization
Awareness of this Safe Work Practice

Safe Work Practice

  • Ensure a proper fire extinguisher is in the refuelling area and an eyewash is readily accessible.
  • Ensure entry way to pumps is clear of people, other equipment, overhead obstructions, protruding objects and slippery surfaces.
  • Ensure all attachments that could strike objects in the refuelling area are retracted and secured.
  • Reduce speed and use extra caution when near fuel pumps.
  • Use park brake or wheel chocks to secure vehicle.
  • If gasoline engine, it must be shut off before starting to refuel.
  • Ensure no smoking or sources of ignition within 3 metres (10 feet) of the refuelling operation.
  • Inspect dispensing system for leaks before refuelling.
  • Ensure fuel nozzle is secure in fuel tank and use manual pressure on the nozzle lever at all times, (operator must not leave dispensing nozzle unattended during refuelling).
  • Replace the fuel tank cap and return the pump nozzle and hose to there proper location.
  • Inspect the vehicle and the site for leaks or spills. All leaks must be repaired before the vehicle is put in use. All spills must be cleaned up or reported tot he dispatcher/base person/supervisor.

Regulations, Standards and References
Occupational Safety General Regulations, section 50

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.