Fuel dispensers require quite a bit of regulation and inspection to ensure that they are working correctly and don’t pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of users. After all, if they don’t meet regulations, fuel dispensers can pose safety and environmental risks.
When it’s time to inspect fuel dispensers, inspectors look for four key elements. These four elements are in place and regulated to maintain safety. Since fuel is highly flammable, there are certain precautions that businesses should take with their fuel dispensers to reduce the potential for a fire to start and/or spread.
Hose and Nozzle
The hose and nozzle of a fuel dispenser require a specific structure for safety. For starters, inspectors will look at the latch. If the fuel dispenser is at a self-serve station, there will be no latch.
Inspectors then move on to the hose and other parts that hold the hose and nozzle together. Things like fittings, gaskets, and seals will be checked to make sure there are no gaps, and the hose will be inspected for cracks or other abrasions that could lead to leaks.
From here, the inspectors then check the fuel dispenser’s safety and protection systems. Places like self-service gas stations should have certain systems in place that ensure the safety of their customers.
Impact prevention systems include fire-resistant boards that reduce the impact on a fuel dispenser if something like a car were to crash into it. Fire-resistant boards also prevent explosions by suppressing the flames if something like this does happen.
Other systems the inspector will look for are fire protection systems like fire extinguishers. The inspectors will look for the date that the fire extinguisher was last inspected, its expiration date, and location. These fire extinguishers need to be somewhere where people can get to them and use them quickly, without getting near the flames.
Emergency Stop Device
Inspectors will also look for an emergency stop device. This is part of an electrical system that can immediately turn off all the fuel dispensers so that fuel will not continue to pump in the event of an emergency.
The inspectors will make sure that every dispenser has an emergency stop and that it is accessible and usable in the main building. They will look to make sure that every emergency stop is clearly labeled and that it has been regularly tested and maintained.
No Smoking Signs
Last, but not least, the inspector will check to make sure that every fuel dispenser has a large no smoking sign that is clearly labeled. Smoking near a fuel dispenser is extremely dangerous and could result in sparking the fuel and starting a fire. The no-smoking sign can be displayed with the words “no smoking,” or it can be symbolized with an image of a cigarette inside of a circle with a line through it.
If you need help ensuring your dispensers will pass inspection, American Petroleum can help. We have more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and can guarantee your pumps are up to code.