Work Practices

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  • Do NOT Smoke in the area where Benzene is present
  • Wear the proper PPE depending on the process
  • Handling: In event of a spill or leak, immediately put on escape-type respirator and exit the area. Eliminate heat and ignition sources such as sparks, open flames, hot surfaces and static discharge. Post “No Smoking” signs. Prevent accidental contact with incompatible chemicals. Avoid generating vapours or mists. Keep containers tightly closed when not in use or empty.
  • Storage: Store in an area that is: cool, well-ventilated, out of direct sunlight and away from heat and ignition sources, separate from incompatible materials, an approved, fire-resistant area, clear of combustible and flammable materials (e.g. old rags, cardboard). Electrically bond and ground containers. Ground clips must contact bare metal. Avoid bulk storage indoors.
  • Never incinerate benzene cartridges, tanks or containers
  • Follow storage and handling procedures
  • Prohibit sources of ignition
  • Use non-sparking tools
  • Review flammable and combustible liquids regulations – 29 CFR 1910.106
  • Always consult SDS