Refuelling – Portable Containers
Fire, explosion, spillage of toxic substance, slipping
Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
Fire extinguisher familiarization
Awareness of this Safe Work Practice
Safe Work Practice
- Ensure a proper fire extinguisher and eyewash are readily accessible.
- Use only CSA or UL approved containers.
- Inspect container, caps, vents, hoses and nozzles regularly for leaks.
- The contents of portable containers shall be clearly indicated on the container.
- Check MSDS for proper grounding procedures if decanting (pouring from one container to another) the product.
- Ensure no smoking or sources of ignition within 3 metres (10 feet) of the fuel transfer.
- Fuel transfer should be carefully attended at all times.
- Take care not to overfill the container. Consider volume expansion due to warmer temperatures.
- Use nozzles, pouring spouts or funnels to help avoid spillage.
- All spills must be cleaned up or reported to the dispatcher/base person/supervisor.
- Do not refuel portable equipment or containers in truck boxes with molded box liners.
- Ensure portable containers are located outside the passenger compartment and are secured against movement when transporting.
- Ensure conditions are not filled while sitting in the plastic liner of a pickup truck.
Regulations, Standards and References
Occupational Safety General Regulations, section 50