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These checklists are by no means all-inclusive. You should add to them or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and then make your decision. You should refer to OSHA standards for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation. (Note: These checklists are typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Are employees prohibited from fueling an internal combustion engine with a flammable liquid while the engine is running?
  • Are fueling operations performed to minimize spillage?
  • When spillage occurs during fueling operations, is the spilled fuel washed away completely, evaporated, or are 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 designed to handle the specific type of fuel?
  • Are employees prohibited from handling or transferring 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 operations 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 self-closing?
Source: Federal OSHA