Fuel handling: A safer business is a better business

Feb. 28, 2013
The proper fuel handling safety precautions contribute positively to your company’s earning, ethics and image.

Safety is paramount to the health of your business. This is especially true when it comes to fuel handling. Compliance with all regulatory standards and safety protocols in the transportation, delivery and storage of fuel is critical to the wellbeing of your personnel and the success of your company. When you go to extra lengths to ensure the safety of your employees, your clients and your community, you aren’t just fueling your fleet. You’re fueling the future of your business. Whether your fuel handling is conducted onsite by your employees or offsite by a third-party provider, your compliance with the proper safety protocols contributes positively to the following business objectives.


The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) details extensive standards on the handling and storage of fuels. This includes conditions on who may handle the hazardous material, the types of containers that may be used in its transportation and what procedures must be adhered to at every step in the handling process. Failure to comply with these standards may result in fines and costly upgrades. Don’t let non-compliance cut into your profitability. Be sure that every aspect of your fuel handling process is up to code.


As a conscientious employer, a responsible corporate citizen and a member of your community, it is incumbent upon you to expend all necessary effort to prevent the occurrence of accidents as well as to manage emergency situations effectively. This means that it is the ethical responsibility of your business to ensure that all fuel handling needs are addressed only by properly trained, fully qualified professionals. Safer fuel handling also means fewer accidents and leaks, which reduces your carbon footprint and helps to fulfill your ethical responsibility to the environment.


You want to be recognized as a company that is not only efficient and qualified, but also as one that prides itself on uncompromising safety values. Your reputation for safety in fuel handling may go a long way to win you new clients, repeat business and industry recognition. For instance, Commercial Carrier Journal reports on a program sponsored by Volvo Trucks in which the safest truck fleets on the road are recognized annually for their achievements. This demonstrates the increasing industry-wide emphasis on comprehensive safety assurance as a marker of a good company.

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