New AEM bulletin emphasizes static electricity risks during refueling

Author: Joe Dykes | Posted: 6/12/2013
Industry educational outreach focuses on Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD)

“ULSD...Not Your Same Old Diesel Fuel Anymore” is a new best practices guidance bulletin from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM); the bulletin warns of the greater static electricity ignition hazards associated with use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). 

With federal regulations mandating ULSD use, AEM undertook the educational outreach to help inform machine operators and others on the farm or construction jobsites about ULSD characteristics that can affect safety during refueling.

The bulletin explains that the removal of sulfur and other compounds in ULSD fuel decreases its conductivity and increases its ability to store static charge. “Static electricity discharge when combustible vapors are present could result in a fire or explosion,” the bulletin notes.  Read more...

Source: AEM