On-site fueling systems are efficient and practical for a variety of industrial, manufacturing, and construction operations. However, facility owners and managers need to properly maintain fueling systems in order to keep a work facility safe and productive.
When you neglect maintaining necessary fueling equipment, the neglect won't just cost you money when equipment wears out prematurely. It could also cost you money because of safety liabilities and violations of municipal regulations that involve expensive penalties.
The following are six important things you need to know about maintaining your fueling equipment to keep your fueling system compliant, productive, and safe.
1. Looking Out for Hose and Nozzle Breakage
Wear and tear of fueling equipment is often most common and problematic with hoses and nozzles. Hoses and nozzles are responsible for delivering fuel safely and accurately into tanks and heavy machinery. Fortunately, hoses and nozzles are fairly easy to replace when they become faulty.
Periodically inspect your hoses and nozzles and make sure that they are properly channeling fuel. Promptly replace broken or malfunctioning hose and nozzle parts to prevent fuel leaks and other dangerous issues.
2. Repainting Equipment to Prevent Corrosion
Preventing corrosion development is one of the most important tasks when it comes to maintaining fueling equipment and fuel tanks.
Over time, the paint and finish on equipment can chip away. This leaves equipment susceptible to corrosion development that can cause leaks and other malfunctions.
Inspect paint and finish for chips, and reapply paint as necessary to protect equipment from corrosion.
3. Keeping a Well-Stocked Spill Kit On-Site
While preventing fuel spills is important for both safety and efficiency, an occasional fuel spill is inevitable. For this reason, work sites with fueling equipment should always have spill kits on hand.
Spill kits should include containment brooms and absorbent rags to help minimize the consequences of spills that occur.
4. Educating Staff Regarding Emergency Equipment Shut-Off
You should incorporate staff education into your fueling equipment maintenance regime to avoid unnecessary equipment damage.
Make sure that all of your staff members know how fueling equipment works and what needs to be done to maintain it. Also, make sure the staff is trained on how to immediately shut off fuel pumps and hoses to avoid safety hazards and additional equipment damage in the event of malfunctions.
5. Preventing Spills During Fill-Ups
You can avoid spills when filling your fueling equipment and fuel tanks by limiting fill-ups to 95 percent capacity. This will prevent overflows during filling and also afterwards due to fuel expansion.
You can also minimize the risk of spills during fill-ups by filling up tanks as infrequently as possible. If you minimize fuel consumption, you will also minimize the amount of tank fill-ups you need to carry out on a regular basis.
Ideally, fuel tanks used in your system should need to be filled up only once a month. This will minimize the chances for spills during fill-up and also create more efficient fuel supply practices.
6. Being Aware of Applicable Laws
Municipalities know that privately owned fueling systems can create hazards if owners do not maintain them properly. For this reason, they often enforce regulations meant to ensure safety.
You need to be aware of any laws in place related to your fueling equipment and storage tanks. Pay attention to zoning regulations and both state and federal rulings. The EPA website is a great source of information on regulations you need to meet in order to avoid costly penalties at your facilities.
At R & R Petro Services, Inc., we assist Texas companies with fueling equipment maintenance. Contact us with your inquiries to learn more about the products and services we provide.