Storage of petrol and diesel fuel in the workplace

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If you store petrol at home, or at a club/association or similar premises

storage of petrol and diesel fuel in the workplace

Petrol is a dangerous substance, its storage and dispensing at a workplace is covered by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive.

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When we go to the petrol station to refuel, we are bombarded by safety messages. Warning signs are placed everywhere we look about the dangers of petrol, gas and diesel accidentally igniting and exploding. The emphasis on safety is understandable given the reactive nature of fuels, so it is expected that this level of precaution should be extended to any workplace where fuels are stored and handled including sites where earthmoving machinery is in operation. Unfortunately, fires and explosions caused from unsafe fuel handling are still occurring on constructions sites. This averages out to 30 deaths per year. Australian workplaces are not immune to these risks.

Do you need help on safe storage of petrol? If so please contact us on As highly experienced safety consultants we are able to offer clear guidance and advice on your specific situation. May businesses store quantities of petrol fuel within the workplace. They could be for plant and equipment used on site such as lift trucks, or for maintenance needs, strimmers, lawnmowers and the like.

Other contact details. Advice on Storing Fuel. Storing petrol or other fuels in a car, workplace or more importantly at home present a potential hazard. This page therefore explains on how to reduce the risks associated with storing fuel. Petrol and other fuels give off vapour which are extremely flammable and must be treated with the utmost care. Storage of fuel at home or the workplace unless specifically licensed is restricted by law to either metal containers with a maximum capacity of 10 litres or approved plastic containers of a maximum 5 litres capacity.

Petrol is highly flammable and is one of the most hazardous substances that we use. Because it is so easily ignited, you must handle it with great care. As well as being flammable, petrol is poisonous. If you accidentally swallow petrol, call a doctor at once. Do not induce vomiting. If you get petrol in your eyes, flush with water for at least 15 minutes and call a doctor.



Storage of petrol and diesel fuel in the workplace

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  1. Do you need help on safe storage of petrol? If so please contact us on As highly experienced safety consultants we are able to.

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