Tool box talk for week ending 1-22
Gasoline Hazards A single gallon of gasoline has the explosive energy of several sticks of dynamite. It is the gasoline vapors, not the liquid that are likely to ignite. The vapors are heavier than air, and can move around in unventilated areas like a fluid. Static electricity will ignite gasoline, and the results can be disastrous. Take these precautions when using gasoline: Use gasoline only for its intended purpose - to fuel an engine. Do not use gasoline as a solvent, cleaner, barbeque starter, or for any other non-engine use. Only use gasoline products outdoors, in well-ventilated areas. Avoid smoking, lighting matches, or using lighters around gasoline. Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources, such as electrical devices, oil or gas-fired appliances, or any other device that contains a pilot flame or a spark. Store gasoline in approved containers and appropriately label the container. When emptying gasoline from one container to another make sure the containers are properly grounded.
Diesel fuel powers lots of equipment and vehicles, but exposure can be hazardous to your health. Direct contact with diesel fuel can irritate skin and aggravate existing skin problems. Exposure to exhaust from diesel fuel can irritate the respiratory tract and cause chronic health problems. Take these precautions to minimize exposure: Maintain and tune-up diesel equipment. Check the exhaust system for leaks. Fix cracks in vehicles with weather stripping and repair holes in the floor to prevent exhaust from seeping into the vehicle. Control exposure to diesel exhaust in enclosed areas by using both local exhaust ventilation and general ventilation systems. Monitor the air when required. Minimize diesel engines operations in garages where there is no exhaust system. Avoid direct contact with diesel fuel. Wear protective gloves to reduce exposure. If you get diesel fuel on your skin or clothing, thoroughly wash the affected skin and remove and isolate contaminated clothing (in a sealed bag). If symptoms such as redness or irritation develop, see a physician. If you are overexposed to diesel vapor, leave the contaminated area immediately and take deep breaths of fresh air. If you experience symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath or burning in the mouth, throat or chest, immediately contact your immediate supervisor for further instructions and if medical intervention is appropriate.
Date Posted: January 20, 2011