Petrol station health and safety: all you need to know
Health and safety are the two words we seem to hear about regularly these days. When we enter a petrol station to buy petrol I’m sure we don’t give a second thought to the petrol station health and safety regulations that apply to the staff working there. However, all petrol station staff are legally required to go through a rigorous training course before their employment can begin.
Petrol Station Health and Safety
If you were to join the staff of any petrol station here are some of the many things which you would have to know to ensure full petrol retailer health and safety:
Personal protection and hygiene
- The value of protective clothing, such as footwear, gloves and goggles, and when to wear them;
- The need to wash properly with plenty of soap and water after finishing work, or at any time when you get petrol or oil on your hands;
You would also need to know…
- The danger zones on site and the special precautions needed there.
- The safety standards on receipt of deliveries.
- The importance to safety of a clean and tidy forecourt with no flammable materials in danger zones.
- Site security practices and how to follow them.
- Dispensing petrol safel.
If you are under the age of 18 you should not be left in sole charge of a filling-station.
Before a petrol dispenser is used (whether by you or by customers) you should make sure there is no danger.
Make sure that:
- Each vehicle and the person using a dispenser can be seen and that your view is not obstructed;
- Proper procedures are followed throughout the filling operation, eg dispenser nozzles are correctly inserted, delivery hoses are not stretched or kinked and tripper latches are not wedged open;
- At filling-stations the loudspeaker system and any closed-circuit TV is working correctly;
- Vehicle engines are switched off when at the dispensers;
- People under the age of 16 do not buy petrol or operate dispensers;
- No one smokes in the vicinity of the dispenser (ie in danger zones);
- No one uses portable electric/electronic equipment such as a CB radio or portable telephone;
- People wishing to fill containers with petrol use only those which are approved.
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