The smaller fuel canisters and larger refueling tanks must be stored in another building or complex so as to be more secure. To add more safety, all areas in the vicinity must have "No Smoking" signs are clearly displayed. Ideally, the fuel tanks should be stored in a secure enclosure that could just be accessed by authorized employees. It is very vital for the operator's safety, and everybody they work with, that these safety measures are strictly complied with.
The fuel enclosure itself needs to be protected from vehicle impact. Utilizing retaining systems such as concrete bumpers for instance, can accomplish this job. Other retaining methods can be used. It is also vital to have a fire extinguisher available at the refueling station. Additionally, anyone who is operating the fueling station is required to be trained and also needs to be trained to safely and effectively utilize the fire extinguisher. With regards to the fuel aspect, safety is of utmost importance.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA require that everyone who is operating an industrial powered forklift or lift truck is trained correctly. This training includes both the hands-on training and the classroom part. Once the training sessions have been finished, the person must be tested to be able to prove that they understand the training materials. A part of this training also covers the correct way of the refueling process of the forklift. The training also involves site-specific procedures as well as the precautions involved for the refueling of any unit they could be driving.
There must be an MSDS or Material Safety Data Sheet center located inside the facility where the lift truck is operating. This center will include the MSDSs for all chemicals and solvents which are utilized on site. This will also cover the acid in the lift truck battery, together with the propane that is utilized to refuel the unit.
The MSDSs sheets are required to be available to all employees all the time. For example, if an exposure incident occurs, the individual needs to be evaluated at once. If any medical attention is required, to should be given without any delay. Generally, if you are uncertain if medical treatment is required, as a general rule; have the injury examined by a physician if you fear it is severe. Better to be safe than sorry.
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