The main objective of this session is to help you work more safely with flammable liquids. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand what a flammable liquid is; identify flammable liquid hazards; take proper precautions when storing, dispensing, and handling flammable liquids; prevent fires, explosions, and exposures; and know what to do in an emergency involving flammable liquids.
Why “Working Safely with Flammable Liquids” Matters:
A violent explosion at a manufacturing facility destroyed the facility, heavily damaged dozens of nearby homes and businesses, injured 10 people, and caused the evacuation of more than 300 residents within a half-mile radius of the facility. The explosion was fueled by vapor released from a 2,000-gallon tank of highly flammable liquid. An unknown ignition source ignited the flammable atmosphere, causing the explosion.
A fire and explosion at a paint factory seriously injured three workers and damaged the factory. Components used in the mixture of the paints made at the factory were highly flammable. A static spark or even a hot lightbulb could have caused vapors to ignite.
A fire started when a 300-gallon portable steel tank was being filled with ethyl acetate, a flammable solvent. The fire spread rapidly, igniting a large volume of flammable liquids stored nearby. A plume of smoke and rocketing barrels and debris triggered an evacuation of the businesses surrounding the facility. The main warehouse structure was destroyed, but miraculously, no one was injured.
- Flammable liquids can ignite with explosive force.
- Keep these liquids away from all ignition sources.
- Follow proper storage, dispensing, and handling procedures.
- Use only approved containers that are properly labeled.
- Review the label and safety data sheet (SDS) for safety and health information about the flammable liquids you work with.