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Since the advent of the industrial revolution, the use of non-water-based chemicals has increased dramatically. Exposure to the hazards associated with these chemicals has also increased. One potential hazard is flammability. To prevent fires, hazardous liquids require special precautions in storage, handling and use. Storage of flammable and combustible liquids is usually a necessity. Whenever flammable and combustible liquids are stored improperly, however, they become a significant fire hazard. Good housekeeping is important wherever any chemicals, including flammable and combustible liquids, are used. Keep all areas where these liquids are stored, handled or used clear of burnable materials.  Osha has strict guidelines for the handling and storage of these types of chemicals.

1926.152(a)

“General requirements.”

1926.152(a)(1)

Only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used for storage and handling of flammable liquids. Approved safety cans or Department of Transportation approved containers shall be used for the handling and use of flammable liquids in quantities of 5 gallons or less, except that this shall not apply to those flammable liquid materials which are highly viscid (extremely hard to pour), which may be used and handled in original shipping containers. For quantities of one gallon or less, the original container may be used, for storage, use and handling of flammable liquids

Course Length: 1 hour