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Introd­uction: Color Coded Fuel Containers

When working or storing different types of fuels, its important to keep them separate and contained in the properly color coded and labeled contai­ners. Here are the common contai­ners:

Gasoline (flamm­able) in Red
Kerosene in Blue
Diesel in Yellow
Oil (combu­stible) in Green

Having different colors allows a universal and quick identi­fic­ation of the contents for safe use and storage.

Several container offer additional safety features for minimizing the possib­ility of accidents or uninte­ntional spillage.

Color Coding and Identi­fic­ation Markings

Each portable fuel container shall have identi­fic­ation markings on the container and on the spill-­proof spout. The identi­fic­ation to be in embossed language or permanent durable label in minimum 34-point Arial font or a font of equivalent propor­tions:
Red contai­ners shall be labeled "­GAS­OLI­NE"
Yellow contai­ners shall be labeled "­DIE­SEL­".
Blue contai­ners shall be labeled "­KER­OSE­NE" .
Green contai­ners shall be labeled "­OIL­S".

Portable fuel containers shall comply with emissions standards as follows:
Equipped with an intended spill-­proof spout emitting no more than 0.3 grams per gallon per day.
Compliance with emission standards shall be determined using the test procedure specified in 9VAC5-­45-250 B 2.
 

Fuel Cans

Fire Prevention

Proper storage and handling of flammable and combus­tible liquids will help
prevent fires from occurring; only approved, closed containers for storage of flammable or combus­tible liquids may be used under OSHA rules. Such containers include safety cans or containers approved by the U.S. Department of Transp­ort­ation. A safety can is a container that has a self-c­losing lid, intern­al-­pre­ssure relief and flame arrestor with a capacity of not more than 5 gallons. Inexpe­nsive, plastic cans without those features previously mentioned, such as those typically bought at hardware stores or gas stations, are not approved for use in roofing operat­ion­s.H­owever, manufa­cturers do sell plastic containers that meet the OSHA requir­ements for safety cans.

Static electr­icity when transf­erring liquids

Static electr­icity may be generated when transf­erring liquids, gases or solids through pipes or hoses. It is important to dissipate this electric charge when handling flammable and combus­tible materials. When transf­erring flammable or combus­tible liquids from one container to another, the two containers must be “bonded” together. The bonding process involves attaching a wire with alligator clips on each end to both contai­ners. The clips must penetrate the container coating and touch metal. You may need to score the paint with the alligator clips.

To dissipate static, the container receiving the liquid must be in contact with the ground and not insulated from contact with the ground.

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