Operating a gas station presents many risks ranging from fuel leaks and fire hazards to navigating complex regulatory requirements. Regular inspection and maintenance of your equipment is critical to minimize these and create a safe operating environment. Regular inspections are essential in identifying and addressing potential hazards before they occur to ensure the safe operation of your fuel storage tanks, dispensing systems, and safety mechanisms. By having your equipment inspected and maintained regularly, you can mitigate risks, prevent accidents, and uphold the reputation of your business as a secure refueling location.
Here’s how collaborating with a trusted maintenance provider ensures your station is a safe haven for your patrons, staff, and the surrounding community:
- Routine Inspections and Scheduled Equipment Replacement
A trusted maintenance provider performs routine inspections of fuel pumps, storage tanks, piping systems, convenience store equipment, lighting, and more. The maintenance provider inspects your fuel servicing systems and documents their findings, including assessments of potential wear and tear, corrosion, leaks, and other signs of deterioration. They also set up a maintenance schedule to ensure your critical equipment is replaced at recommended intervals, preventing unexpected failures that could lead to safety hazards.
- Availability and Testing of Emergency Switches
Emergency shutdown switches are essential components of your station’s safety infrastructure. These switches provide a quick, efficient way to shut down your dispensers and other equipment in case of fires, leaks, and acts of nature. Your maintenance provider will inspect and test these systems regularly to ensure they work and can be relied on when danger or disasters strike.
- Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Your operators and troubleshooting technicians need the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety while working with flammable substances and potentially hazardous equipment. PPE equipment includes flame-resistant clothing, gloves, safety goggles, and respiratory protection such as N-95 face masks. Your maintenance provider can advise on the proper selection of PPE, procure these materials for you, and provide instruction and guidance on their use to minimize daily safety risks and violations.
- Emergency Spill Response Equipment
You need to be prepared and equipped with the necessary tools and materials to handle spills promptly and effectively. Your maintenance provider can aid in all aspects of emergency spill response, providing absorbent materials, containment booms, spill kits, and other needed materials. Always involve your maintenance provider to ensure proper handling and reporting of the spill, as well as the safety of those on the premises and in the surrounding community.
- Staff Training for Emergency Response
Your maintenance provider can also offer comprehensive emergency response training for your staff, who are apt to be the first responders at the scene. This includes training in emergency protocols, such as handling fires, leaks, and other hazardous situations, and the various communication protocols that are required.
- Designated Operator Approach
Implementing a designated operator approach ensures specific employees are responsible for managing specific aspects of your operations. This approach prevents confusion during emergencies and facilitates prompt decision-making. Select a competent designated operator who is capable of handling the troubleshooting, maintenance, and removal/replacement of underground storage tanks (USTs) to ensure all UST operations are done according to EPA, state, and local regulations. Your maintenance provider can help establish operator procedures and identify the proper personnel.
A maintenance provider, who additionally serves as a trusted engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner, can also assist in designing a new fuel service station, expanding an existing one, and establishing the emergency response procedures that keep everyone safe. They can recommend cutting-edge safety technologies and systems, such as advanced leak detection systems, fire suppression equipment, and remote monitoring solutions that enhance your station’s safety and compliance.
By prioritizing safety, you not only protect your business assets and employees but also contribute to a safer environment for customers and the community. Contact us for more information on how we put safety first.