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FUELSTREAM Newsletter - Best Practice Newsletter

FUELSTREAM Newsletter Nr 37

  • BEST PRACTICE: The 20 second rule and using clipboards
  • VIDEO: Fuel delivery vapor fire

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The 20 second rule and using clipboards

Those of you who we've had the privilege to meet in our training sessions throughout the last 6 years, may remember these 2 tips. We have recently worked with a group of Fuel Retailers who've been in the industry for decades, and again we see the value of small changes and simple solutions.

Here are two of them:

  • 20 second rule
  • This rule simply states that anything which is "further away" or "takes longer" than 20 seconds to access is drastically less likely to be done. For example, if you have Health & Safety registers that needs to be completed daily, and they are in a file in the office, they are far less likely to be completed than if they were easily accessible.
  • Consider placing these registers at the point where they will be used so they are accessible and there is no excuse for not keeping them up to date. This is where the second tip, clipboards, comes in.
  • Clipboards
  • This is the best way to make a register, checklist, form, etc more accessible e.g. the production and waste register in the kitchen. It is vitally important to food safety that this register is completed throughout the day, not just at the end of the shift. But if it's in a file it probably won't get filled in as often.
  • However, if you place it on a clipboard, hanging on the wall in the kitchen, at the point where production and waste takes place, it's much easier to complete.
In this video the fuel delivery truck is busy off-loading and at least 2 filler point covers are open. When a car drives by the vapor is ignited and you will see the fuel spilled in the filler points also burn. It takes the driver quite a long time to get a fire extinguisher before he reacts.
HSSE/HSEQ Fuel Truck Vapor Fire
Show the video to your staff and highlight the following:
  • Ensure there is a trained attendant present during the entire delivery
  • Ensure the driver places emergency cones and a fire extinguisher
  • Ensure the fire extinguisher isn't too close to the vehicle, if a fire erupts anyone must be able to access the fire extinguisher
  • Ensure filler points are always clean and dry and any fuel spilled is cleaned up immediately with the spill kit 
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