Flammable liquids safety can change quickly when workplace temperatures rise. Listen for four ways to avoid flashpoint fires and explosions.
Find out the difference between flammable and inflammable.
Hear about volatile liquid chemicals, and how their vapors can ignite at a certain flashpoint.
In this podcast, Dan Clark warns of four major areas of caution: Storage, labeling, fire suppression, and ignition sources.
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Dan Clark: When workplace temperatures are scorching, flammable liquids can ignite—causing dangerous fires. So, before it’s broiling, searing, or otherwise caliente, follow these four steps to flammable liquid safety.
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What is a flammable liquid? Flammable liquids can ignite when they give off vapors that mix with air. The temperature at which a liquid gives off vapors is called the flashpoint. Any liquid with a flashpoint over 100°F is considered a flammable liquid.
You may still see warning signs and labels with the word “inflammable.” Inflammable comes from the word “inflame” and it means flammable— burns easily. Because of the confusion, back in the 1920s, the NFPA urged Americans to use flammable instead of inflammable.
Here are 4 Steps to Flammable Liquids Safety:
1. PROPER STORAGE
• Use only containers and portable tanks approved by the Dept. Of Transportation.
• Make sure storage rooms have adequate ventilation. Air should circulate so it’s completely changed at least six times an hour.
• Storage areas should have three-foot wide aisles for egress and for firefighters to make their way through.
• Containers over 30 gallons should not be stacked.
2. APPROPRIATE LABELING
• Follow GHS standards for hazcom labeling.
• Use the right pictograms for flammability.
• Also, look at the Dept. Of Transportation labeling guidelines.
3. ADEQUATE FIRE SUPPRESSION METHODS
• Sprinklers and fire extinguishers should be in good working order.
• Know your fire extinguishers. Special type (class B) should be used on flammable liquids.
4. ASSESS SOURCES OF IGNITION
• Anything near a flammable liquid that gets too hot could be an ignition source.
• Sparks, hot machinery, welding torches, people smoking, even the buildup of static electricity could start a fire when flammable liquid vapors appear. Find ways to keep these heat sources away from them.
That’s all for this episode, 4 Steps to Flammable Liquids Safety. Come back for more ways to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, a service of Creative Safety Supply. Save 10% off your entire order at creativesafetysupply.com with coupon code Big10.