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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 10. Haulage and Earth Moving
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§1594. Fueling.

(a) No internal combustion engine fuel tank shall be refilled with a flammable liquid while the engine is running. Fueling shall be done in such a manner that the likelihood of spillage is minimal. If a spill occurs it shall be washed away completely, evaporated, or equivalent action taken to control vapors before restarting the engine. Fuel tank caps shall be replaced before starting the engine.

(b) A good metal-to-metal contact shall be kept between fuel supply tank or nozzle of supply hose and the fuel tank.

(c) No open lights, welding, or sparking equipment shall be used near internal combustion equipment being fueled or near storage tanks.

(d) No smoking shall be permitted at or near the gasoline storage area or on equipment being fueled. Post a conspicuous sign in each fuel storage and fueling area stating: "NO SMOKING WITHIN 25 FEET."

(e) Class I liquids shall not be dispensed by pressure from drums, barrels, and similar containers. Approved pumps taking suction through the top of the container or approved self-closing faucets shall be used.

(f) No repairs shall be made to equipment while it is being fueled.

(g) Each fuel storage tank or drum shall have the word "Flammable" conspicuously marked thereon and should also have a similarly sized word indicating the contents of the container.

(h) A dry chemical or carbon dioxide fire extinguisher rated 6:BC or larger shall be in a location accessible to the fueling area.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. New section title, and repealer and new subsection (a) filed 3-19-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 12).

2. Amendment of subsections (e) and (h) filed 2-7-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 6).

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