The safe operation of a UST system is crucial for preventing incidents that can seriously or permanently injure people or that can damage the environment. UST owners and operators must implement safe work practices to help minimize and eliminate the potential for such incidents to occur, which helps to protect the health and safety of the community where they operate.
Safe work practices will help to ensure employees, contractors and other personnel who interact with the operation and maintenance of the UST system are protected from related hazards.
Developing a routine of safe work practices involves identifying and addressing the hazards associated with operating and maintaining a UST system. These hazards include:
1. Fires and Explosions
2. Hazardous Substance Exposure
3. Use of Energy
4. Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
5. Human Factors