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Fuel spills are one of the top emergencies airport first responders face due to the many dangers these incidents create. Most airplane fuel spillage is due to human error and unclear protocols. Rapid response is vital to minimize damage and secondary emergency events.

What Consitutes an Airplane Fuel Spill?

An airplane fuel spill is the accidental release of fuel from the aircraft refueling system, fuel system or the refueling vehicle. A few drops during connection and disconnection of the fuel pump do not constitute a spill. Generally, this label is only suitable when the amount of fuel spilled requires cleaning or removal.

When fuel spills occur, it is vital to deploy your aircraft fuel spillage protocol immediately.

Consequences of Aircraft Fuel Spillage

Fuel is volatile and causes imminent risk to people and property when released. Fuel spills are a significant fire hazard. Fuel-ignited fires are dangerous for crews, workers and passengers and may cause millions of dollars in cargo and equipment damage. In addition, aircraft fuel spillage:

  • Causes delays in airplane departure and disrupts flight schedules
  • Requires passenger evacuation
  • Needs immediate fire services intervention
  • Takes specialized remediation to clear

As a result of the tremendous costs associated with disruption, airport authorities will direct charges to the airline or fuel companies involved.

Safety Training Courses to Consider

Hazmat School offers many safety training courses to give workers the necessary skills and knowledge to minimize fuel spills and take appropriate action when they occur. Some safety courses to consider include:

  • OSHA First Responder Spill Cleanup Training: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires first responders dealing with non-emergency spills of hazardous materials to enroll in this course. The training equips first responders to understand different dangerous substances and associated risks. The course covers how to respond to emergency and non-emergency fuel spills.
  • DOT Hazmat Employee Course for Transporting Hazmat: The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all individuals handling and transporting fuel to receive hazmat training. This transporting hazardous materials course helps create general awareness and equips employees with safety protocols.
  • DOT/IATA/IMDG Hazmat Shipping Training: Our DOT, International Air Transport Association, International Maritime Dangerous Goods training course is designed for any employees involved in hazardous materials. The course helps organizations comply with DOT, IATA and IMDG code requirements.
  • DOT and IATA Hazmat Shipping Training: DOT and IATA regulate hazardous material shipping. This hazmat shipping training equips employees to identify dangerous materials, handle them effectively and follow processes that mitigate risks.

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Hazmat School provides 24/7 online access to instructors and learning materials, making courses convenient and flexible. We help over 20,000 students comply with regulations each year.

Browse our selection of courses or enroll in spill cleanup training today.

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