The improper storage of flammable liquids in the workplace creates a dangerous environment for employees. It only takes a single stray spark, ember or source of heat to trigger a fuel-burning fire. In an effort to protect the safety and well-being of employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created a set of guidelines on how to properly store flammable liquids.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), non-home structure fires caused $2.8 billion dollars worth of damage in 2012. Each year, dozens of businesses crumble as a result of commercial fires. While some of these businesses bounce back, others are forced to close their doors permanently. Following the OSHA’s guidelines on flammable liquid storage is the first step towards reducing the chance of a fire in the workplace.
What Is a Flammable Liquid?
The OSHA defines a flammable liquid as: “any liquid having a flashpoint below 100° F (37.8°C) (except any mixture having components with flashpoints of 100°F (37.8°C) or higher, the total of which make up 99 percent or more of the mixture)(1910.106(a)(19)).”
One OSHA-approved option for storing flammable liquids is with a safety can. It’s important to note that only certain types of safety cans are suitable for the storage of flammable liquids. According to the OSHA, it must possess the following features:
- 5 gallons or less liquid capacity
- Spring-closing lid with sprout cover
- The ability to relieve internal pressure when exposed to a fire
Don’t assume that a typical flammable liquids can be stored in a typical gas can. Unless it possesses the three elements above, it’s not allowed for use by the OSHA.
Of course, storage cabinets are another OSHA-approved option for storing flammable liquids in the workplace. These cabinets are constructed with fire-resistant materials to protect any flammable liquids stored inside from catching fire.
Under 1910.106(d)(3)(ii)(a), all storage cabinets used to house flammable liquids must possess the following features:
- Door with a three-point latch system
- Double-walled cabinet with 1.5-inch airspace
- Joints are riveted or welded
- Cabinet is clearly labeled for flammable liquid storage
- Door raised a minimum of 2 inches off the bottom to retain spilled liquid within the cabinet
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