When an owner of a gas station wants to earn a first or repeat NYC Certificate to Operate, the facility needs to have certain elements in place. The presence of these safety elements is checked at an initial inspection and repeat inspections. These are some of the safety systems that an inspector will be looking for in order to issue the certificate to operate the station in NYC.
Main Emergency Stop
The main emergency stop is a primary switch that cuts off the supply of liquid petroleum to all of the pumping stations at the facility. This device must be readily accessible to the employees of a gas station in the event of an emergency. There must not be any obstructions in the way of the emergency stop switches. The device must be clearly labeled as an emergency stop. The emergency stopping system must be tested every month, and a record of tests must be available.
Every gas station must have at least two powder-based fire extinguishers available for putting out a fire at the pumps. The extinguishers must have a rating of 2A 60B(E) per extinguisher. The devices should not be expired, and they must be available in a way that a person can access them without getting injured by flames.
Inventory of Materials
Stations must also maintain an inventory of products received and products dispensed. This includes gasoline, ethanol, propane and any other materials stored and sold on the site. If there is any discrepancy in the records, this indicates a possible leak. A further inspection of the site would be triggered by a discrepancy so that any leaks could quickly be detected.