The introduction of alternative fuel refueling often necessitates the modification of shop facilities where maintenance and sometimes even fueling occurs indoors. Existing garage facilities for repairing alternative fuel fleet vehicles must be brought up to code in order to comply with established standards and regulations. GNA offers the benefit of significant experience assisting with these facility modifications and works with fleets to ensure the safety of fleet maintenance staff and facilities.
Code Compliance and Employee Safety: Facility modifications are not only important to protect employees, but are also required by law. The sudden release of fuels in a maintenance facility can leave personnel susceptible to injury. To comply with applicable codes and regulation, certain requirements regarding combustible gas detection/alarm systems, ventilation, and the status of electrical wiring and appliances are mandated by National Fire Protection Association as well as State Fire, Mechanical and Electrical Codes.
Customized Project Plan: After a site visit and review of your current operations, GNA will create a customized plan to bring your facilities up to code in an efficient manner. Our reliable, cost-effective solutions will provide you peace of mind knowing that, should an emergency occur, a fuel leak will not result in an unsafe work environment.
Thorough Inspection: GNA staff will inspect the four elements of shop configuration that require compliance as defined in the codes:
- Electrical installations (e.g., lights, wiring, junction boxes, plug receptacles, and other appliances);
- Space heaters;
- Gas detection and alarm equipment; and
Project Implementation: Implementation of the actions required by these regulations is often highly subjective depending upon the interpretation of the regulations by the fire department or other authority and site specific conditions. GNA can help walk you through the upgrade process by:
- Implementing a system to reduce the amount of fuel released;
- Keeping ignition sources away from areas where fuel congregates;
- Using proper ventilation to dissipate leaked fuels; and
- Training staff on proper emergency procedures.