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Dennis Bryson, gas station lead at the Douglas County Farmers Co-op Shell station, helps a customer this past year. Under a declaration by Oregon’s state fire marshal, Oregonians across the state are allowed to pump their own gas in an effort to help enforce social distancing standards put in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Oregon state officials announced Saturday that Oregonians will now be allowed to pump their own gas due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“During this unprecedented time of state emergency, we need to ensure that critical supply lines for fuels and other basic services remain uninterrupted,” State Fire Marshal Jim Walker said.

State officials said this new self-service pumping rule will be in place until April 11. They will then decide if it needs to be extended.

The provision applies to the entire state of Oregon.

Walker said a gas station attendant must be present to supervise refueling to make sure it’s consistent with social distancing policies.

Gas stations are also being directed to implement sanitation measures.

A gas station may offer self-service without an attendant present only if there are not any employees available to work. If that’s the case, it must also post safety signs and directions on how to properly operate a fuel pump.

The State Fire Marshall posted the following on its website:

Can I pump my own gas now in Oregon?

Yes, under this provision, you may pump your own gas through April 11, 2020.

Where in the state can I pump my own gas under this provision?

Anywhere.

How will I know how to pump my own gas?

There should be instructions posted on the dispensing equipment. In addition, the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, produced a flyer that operators may post at dispensers. The flyer provides safety instructions for the dispensing of gasoline, general operating instructions, and measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What is a Class 1 flammable liquid?

Gasoline is categorized as a Class 1 flammable liquid.

Do I have to have an attendant do anything?

Under this provision, no.

Will this be extended past April 11, 2020?

OSFM will continue to evaluate the need for an extension with industry representatives and other stakeholders.

What if I need help?

At some locations, an attendant who is supervising the dispensing may be available for assistance.

What does the 10-hour limit mean?

Under this provision, if the owner meets the requirements of section C, the owner may allow self-serve fueling to occur without an attendant for ten consecutive hours.

Is this effective 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

Yes.

Will the equipment be cleaned?

This provision does require the operator to implement sanitation measures when an attendant is present to supervise the dispensing.

If I wish to use gloves, will they be provided?

Under this provision, the operator is not required to provide gloves.

Will there always be at least one attendant to help me?

No. Under section C of this provision, an attendant may not always be present.

Will the OSFM be monitoring gas stations to make sure they are following the rules?

OSFM does not intend to actively monitor retail service stations for compliance. However, if our office receives information that a station may not be following the rules, we will reach out to them to provide education to assist them.

Will OSFM write citations?

Our focus is to support both Oregon businesses and residents during this event and to help make sure everyone has access to gasoline during this crisis.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

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Mike

Pump handles and keypads can be contaminated, so take precautions to avoid exposure. Article on how to protect against coronavirus when pumping your own gas.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

Mike

It is obvious coronavirus can be spread by contact with objects. Otherwise, why would it be necessary to constantly wash our hands. With that in mind:

1. Does the attendant disinfect the credit card reader and buttons after each customer's use? Coronavirus has been found to live up to 14 days on plastic and metals.

2. Does the attendant disinfect the paper money and coins they receive in exchange for gasoline? Coronavirus has been found to live for 14 days on a quarter and 3 days on paper.

3. Is the attendant able to maintain six foot social distancing while reading the screen and instructing the customer what buttons to push when running their credit card?

4. Does the attendant disinfect the hose nozzle and selector button on the gas pump each time after being handled by the customer?

5. Shouldn't the customer be advised to disinfect their money, credit card and hands (before they touch the car door handle and steering wheel) after touching the gasoline hose nozzle and buttons on the gas pump?

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