Jet fuel is flammable and hazardous to the environment. Because of its dangerous properties, great care should be taken when determining handling and storage procedures. A jet fuel tanker truck is considered a storage container for jet fuel and should be kept in an area suitable for hazardous materials. It is important to consider federal, state and local government requirements, as well as industry standards, when designing a storage facility for the truck.
Select an area that is at least 50 feet from the nearest building to protect employees and the public from fires or exposure to the hazardous materials.
Measure the size of the truck and its turning radius. The storage area should allow the driver to maneuver in and out of the parking space without reversing to prevent damage to the truck or any parts of the storage facility.
Select an area that is away from any source that can be contaminated by a fuel spill. The main things to look for include streams, rivers, wetlands, open bodies of water and storm drains.
Select an area that is well lit. Proper lighting allows the operator of the truck to see any potential leaks or other problems as they approach the area, and will prevent tripping and other hazards.
Evaluate the conditions of the ground in the storage area. Consider the weight of the truck in its heaviest, full fuel condition and the weight limit designs of the pavement. Do not park on loose gravel or dirt. When the jet fuel trucks drive around aircraft, the gravel that gets caught in the tire treads can fall out near the aircraft, creating a hazard around airplanes called foreign object damage (FOD). One small rock getting sucked into a jet engine can cause extensive damage to the aircraft.
Consider the security of the storage area. Fencing, gates and limited access are essential to prevent damage or theft of the truck and fuel.
Supplies for the storage area
Provide properly rated fire extinguishers near the parked fuel truck. Class B extinguishers are used for flammable liquids, but you can also find extinguishers with multiple Class ratings that include Class B.
Provide spill kits that include fuel absorbent pads and items that can be used to contain a fuel spill.
Provide brooms and sealed trash cans to clean the area of debris that can get caught in the tires of the truck.