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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 36. Fire Protection and Prevention

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§1936. Service and Refueling Areas.

(a) Only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used. Metal containers and portable tanks meeting the requirements of and containing products authorized by Chapter I, Title 49, of the Code of Federal Regulations (DOT Regulations), shall be deemed to be acceptable.

(b) Dispensing devices for Class I liquids shall be of approved type. The dispensing nozzle shall be of an approved automatic-closing type without a latch-open device.

(c) Underground tanks taken out of service shall be safeguarded or disposed of by any one of the three following means:

(1) Placed in a "temporarily out of service" condition. Tanks should be rendered "temporarily out of service" only when it is planned that they will be returned to active service within a reasonable period or pending removal or abandonment within 90 days.

(2) Abandoned in place with proper safeguarding to render them inactive to explosion and/or collapse.

(3) Removed.

(d) For emergency power cutoff, a clearly identified and easily accessible switch(es) or circuit breaker(s) shall be provided at a location remote from dispensing devices, including remote pumping systems, to shut off the power to all dispensing devices in the event of an emergency.

(e) Heating equipment using gas or oil fuel may be installed in the lubrication or service room where there is no dispensing or transferring of Class I liquids provided the bottom of the combustion chamber is at least 18 inches above the floor and the heating equipment is protected from physical damage.

(f) Heating equipment approved for use in garages may be installed in the lubrication or service room where Class I liquids are dispensed provided the equipment is installed at least 8 feet above the floor.

(g) Smoking or open flames shall not be permitted in the areas used for fueling, servicing fuel systems for internal combustion engines, receiving or dispensing of flammable liquids. Conspicuous and legible signs prohibiting smoking shall be posted within sight of the person being served. The motors of all equipment being fueled shall be shut off during the fueling operation except for emergency generators, pumps, etc., where continuing operation is essential.

(h) Each service or fueling area shall be provided with at least one fire extinguisher having a rating of not less than 20-B:C located so that an extinguisher will be within 75 feet of each pump, dispenser, underground fill pipe opening, and lubrication or service area.

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


1. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 10-9-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

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