Working Safely with Flammable Liquids

Course Description:

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 recall the basic characteristics of a flammable liquid; identify flammable liquid hazards; describe precautions to safely store, dispense, transfer, and otherwise handle flammable liquids; recognize measures to prevent fires, explosions, and exposures, and explain actions to respond in an emergency involving flammable liquids.

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Why “Working Safely with Flammable Liquids” Matters:

Flammable liquids give off vapors that easily ignite, sometimes spontaneously without the need of an external ignition source, and other times vapors far from the ignition source will “flash back” to the source of the liquid. Common hazards of working with flammable liquids are fire and explosion, health impacts from breathing toxic vapors, physical effects from contact with eyes and skin, contamination from spills, and dangerous reactions with other chemicals. There are effective fire prevention measures and exposure controls to control hazards, including safe storage, dispensing, container bonding and grounding, handling, vapor control, personal protective equipment, and emergency response procedures.

Key Points:

  • Flammable liquids like gasoline and solvents give off vapors that easily ignite and burn.
  • The primary hazards of flammable liquids are fire and explosion.
  • Read the container label and SDS for safe handling, fire prevention, safety and health information, and emergency response measures about the flammable liquids you work with.
  • Dispense and use only the amount of liquid you need for the job.
  • Store flammable liquids in closed containers, storage cabinets, and away from other chemicals according to the SDS and other workplace safety procedures.
  • Report all spills and fires involving flammable liquids immediately according to facility emergency response procedures

XEN150319 / XEN150280