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Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know?

by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising on 2 Apr 2014
Fuel spill - would you know what to do? .. .
How much do you know about fuel spills? What do you do first, second and then...? This course, sponsored by BoatUS Foundation is aimed at those who operate marinas, but the information is excellent for all to know, no matter where in the world you are, and if you have ever had to fuel your own boat.

'It’s all about minimizing risk,' said BoatUS Foundation Vice President Susan Shingledecker, 'And giving seasonal fuel dock staff the ability to protect your marina and the environment.'

The free online course, which covers spill prevention, planning and response, offers videos, interactive exercises and interviews with spill responders, marina owners and managers, and can be taken at anytime. 'It usually takes about an hour or so for typical user, but if you get busy you can stop and later start right back up where you left off,' added Shingledecker. 'We encourage marinas and clubs to send their new fuel dock staff to the course just after they are hired, which will dovetail well with any marina’s on-the-job training effort.'

Spill Prevention and Response for Marina Staff does not provide any certification but covers the way any seasonal employee can help should a spill occur as well as the simple steps they can take to prevent a spill at your marina. While the course is designed for new marina staff, included throughout are management tips to provide additional information to more senior staff.

The course looks at practical topics, such as how to know when a boat fuel tank is full. Additional content includes a look at different types of oil and fuel products at marinas and how to handle each safely, legally and carefully; impacts on the environment; ways to identify spill prone activities and best practices to prevent a spill; safety concerns and precautions needed with handling oil and fuel; how spill prevention and response laws impact refueling facilities; how to prepare for spill events; and know what steps to take if you have a spill.

Refueling video as well as downloadable maintenance tip sheets available at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11720756.htm
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