Elimination of risk when refuelling portable equipment is absolutely essential for the safety of yourself and those around you. Vapours and spills can easily be ignited by hot engine parts, static electricity or other ignition sources, which can result in fires and explosions. 

Where possible, risk must be reduced, if not completely eliminated. Implementing control measures for refuelling procedures will help minimise risk, and having an action plan in place means that necessary steps can be taken in the case of an emergency.

When refuelling:

» Turn off equipment and allow it time to cool down
» Remove equipment from inside vehicles
» Remove equipment from trailers or surfaces (such as plastic or rubber) to ground out any static charge
» Refuel equipment away from heat and possible ignition sources
» Refuel in a well-ventilated area
» Do not refuel in low lying areas where vapours can accumulate
» Refuel only with approved and labelled fuel containers
» Make sure that fire extinguishers are readily accessible
» Always secure fuel caps back on equipment and fuel containers tightly

When transporting portable equipment and fuel containers:

» Allow time for the equipment to cool down before loading it onto a vehicle
» Ensure fuel cap is secured tightly
» Secure in an upright position in a well-ventilated space


When storing fuel onsite:

» Unsure that only approved diesel tanks are being used
» Store outside of vehicles or structures, in a well-ventilated area


Always inform those using the equipment of the risks, hazards and control measures required to refuel safely, and wear personal protective equipment such as boots, non-flammable long pants and long sleeve shirts, eye protection and gloves.


For more information, visit WorkSafe Victoria