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Maintain Material Safety Data Sheets
- Keep a file of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all products used at your facility, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 USC Sec. 657). MSDS can be found online at http://www.msdssearch.com/msdssearch.htm. Store the file in an office away from material storage areas.
- Inform the local Emergency Planning office what materials you store and what is released when they burn.
Assess Coastal Hazards
- Designate a conscientious response person for any emergencies involving hazardous materials.
- Consider and plan for these likely threats:
- Chemical or oil spill
- Holding or water tank filled with gas
- Health emergency
Develop Emergency Response Plans
- Develop written procedures describing actions to be taken under given circumstances. The plans should be clear, concise, and easy to use during an emergency. Include information about what type of equipment is available on site and what its characteristics and capabilities are.
- Keep copies of all Emergency Response Plans in a readily accessible location.
- Place a second copy of the Spill Response Plan in the oil spill response kit.
- Review plans and response procedures with staff at the beginning of each boating season.
- Train employees in the use of containment measures.
- Run emergency response drills at least twice annually.
- Invite the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire departments to demonstrate emergency response procedures at your marina.
Be Prepared for a Fire
- Meet the National Fire Protection Association’s standards for marinas: NFPA 303, Fire Protection Standards for Marinas and Boatyards; VFPA 302, Fire Protection Standards for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft; NFPA 30A, Automotive and Marine Service Station Code; NFPA 307, Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves; and NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable and Combustible Materials.
- Be sure hydrants are available to allow for fighting fires throughout your facility. (This can include dry hydrants.)
- Install smoke detectors.
- Provide and maintain adequate, readily accessible, and clearly marked fire extinguishers on each dock and one on the fuel dock within 25’ of the head of the gangway to the dock
- Provide metal containers with tight-fitting or self-closing metal lids for the temporary storage of combustible trash
- Post warning signs at the face of each wharf, pier or float at an elevation clearly visible from the decks of boats being fueled. Letters on the signs shall be at least 3 inches in height. NFPA requires signs to include the following:
STOP ENGINE WHILE FUELING,
SHUT OFF ELECTRICITY
DO NOT START ENGINE UNTIL AFTER
SPACES ARE VENTILATED
EPA requires a sign directly on fuel pumps stating:
FOR OFF-ROAD USE ONLY
The IRS also requires signs to be posted on fuel dispensing equipment stating:
LOW SULFUR NON-HIGHWAY DIESEL FUEL
(NOT TO EXCEED 500 PPM SULFUR)
FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS USE IN MODEL YEAR 2007 AND LATER, NON-HIGHWAY
VEHICLES AND ENGINES.
ITS USE MAY DAMAGE THESE VEHICLES AND ENGINES.
TAX EXEMPT. DYED. FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY. PENALTY FOR TAXABLE USE
- Inspect and test all fire fighting equipment and systems regularly.
- Train personnel on fire safety and response: who to call, location of hydrants, use of portable extinguishers, etc.
- Provide ready access to all piers, floats, and wharves for municipal fire fighting equipment.
- Invite the local fire marshal to visit your marina annually to train employees. These annual visits will also help the fire department to become familiar with your facility.
Emergency Response Equipment
Obtain and store emergency response equipment in an easily accessible location and where the greatest threat of
an emergency exists (i.e., oil spill kit on the fuel dock).
Share Your Emergency Response Plans
- Inform your local fire department and harbor master, if applicable, about your emergency response plans and equipment.
- Let neighboring marinas know what resources are available at your marina.