Each year, oil and gas dispensing stations must undergo a New York City oil and gas inspection in order to retain a permit to do business. The dispensing pumps and tanks make up an important part of the inspection process. Consider these three areas that the inspector will consider during the facility visit.
Hose and Nozzle Structure
The inspector will check the nozzle of the gasoline or oil pump in order to ensure that it has a functional latch. At a self-service facility or for pumps with pre-set quantity dispensing, there should be no latch. The hoses will be checked to ensure that there are no gaps between the fittings. The rubber portion will be checked for cracks, fractures and leakage.
Impact and Fire Protection Systems
Self-service and full-service gas pumps need to have impact-prevention systems such as fire-resistant boards. These boards reduce the impact of a vehicle crashing into the pumps. They also act to suppress the initial flames and to prevent an explosion. The inspector will check for the presence of fire extinguishers, their date of last inspection, expiration date and their location. The fire extinguishers must be placed in a location that a person could get to them without having to be too close to flames.
Emergency Stop Device and No Smoking Signs
An emergency stop device should be located on each dispenser. The central office or console in the station building should have a main switch for stopping all of the pumps at once. Each pump’s emergency stop should be clearly labeled. There should be a record of the required monthly tests for each pump’s emergency stop. Each pump should also have a large sign stating no smoking. In lieu of the words “no smoking,” the pump may instead use the universal symbol of a cigarette inside of a circle with a diagonal line through the circle.