Local regulations regarding operational safety and health should be adhered to in full. All staff in charge should be aware of working with a dangerous material and they should be trained in this issue. Accidents are avoided with the availability of obligatory equipment, regular training programs and seminars for the authorized personnel.
Marine Fuels can give off flammable and poisonous vapors. The liquid can harm your skin. The vapor burns, and explodes in certain concentration. Vapor may cause dizziness and headaches. Mist caused by heating, or atomization, may irritate upper and lower respiratory system such as mouth and lungs. In contact with the skin may cause serious health risks. Some marine oil vapors may contain Hydrogen Sulphide which is strictly poisonous.
Crew in charge should always wear gloves and use goggles if there is a risk of oil mist, or vapor, reaching eyes. Oil soaked clothing have to be changed as soon as possible. Never let crew members to enter a space which has contained fuel until the space has been thoroughly ventilated and proved safe for entry.
Keep marine fuels away from naked flame, sparks, heated surfaces or another sources of ignition. Vapors can catch fire, or explode, even at low temperatures. Never allow smoking on deck during transfer and near fuel tanks, or other locations where fuel vapors are given off.
Seeking medical advice is vital in case of ingestion, inhalation or eye contact.