The smaller fuel canisters and bigger refueling tanks must be stored in another building or complex so as to be more secure. To add more safety, all areas in the vicinity must have "No Smoking" signs are clearly displayed. Ideally, the fuel tanks must be stored in a safe enclosure which could just be accessed by authorized employees. It is very essential for the operator's safety, as well as everybody they work with, that these safety measures are strictly followed.
To be protected from vehicle impact, the fuel enclosure itself needs to be protected. This job could use retraining systems such as concrete bumpers. Other retaining methods could be utilized. It is also important to have a fire extinguisher nearby at the refueling station. Additionally, anybody who is operating the fueling station must be trained and also has to be trained to operate the fire extinguisher effectively and safely. When it comes to the fuel aspect, safety is of utmost importance.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that all operators utilizing a forklift must be properly trained. This training covers a classroom portion in addition to hands-on training. After the training sessions have been finished, the individual must be tested in order to prove that they understand the training materials. A portion of this training also covers the proper method of the refueling process of the lift truck. The training also includes precautions involved for the refueling of any unit they might be driving as well as site-specific procedures.
There should be a Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS center located inside the facility where the forklift is operating. This center will include the MSDSs for all solvents and chemicals that are utilized on site. This would also cover the propane which is used to refuel the unit, together with the acid in the forklift battery.
The MSDSs sheets are required to be available to all personnel all the time. For instance, if an exposure incident happens, the individual needs to be evaluated right away. If any medical attention is required, to should be given without any delay. Usually, if you are not sure if medical treatment is considered necessary, as a general rule; have a doctor examine the injury if you truly think it is severe. Always better to be safe than sorry.