Dos and Don ts-Flammable and combustible materials

Dos and Don ts-Flammable and combustible materials:

  • Read and understand the MSDS for information about the hazards and necessary precautions for working safely with all the materials you’re using.

• Prevent the release of flammable vapours and mists into the workplace air to minimize the risk of a fire or explosion.

• Use such liquids only in well-ventilated areas.

• Keep containers containing these liquids closed when not in use.

• Be aware of any health hazards associated with flammable and combustible liquid and follow recommended safe handling procedures.

• Store flammable and combustible liquids away from incompatible materials (e.g., oxidizers).

• Use the smallest amount of flammable liquid necessary in the work area.

• Clean up spills immediately. Use approved containers for disposal of rags and other work materials.

• Use non-sparking ventilation systems and equipment. Eliminate ignition sources (sparks, smoking, flames, hot surfaces) when working with or handling flammable and combustible liquids.

• Ground all metal drums, transfer vessels, hoses and piping to prevent buildup of static charge. Ground clips must contact bare metal.

• Use only containers and dispensing equipment (faucet, pump, drip can) that are approved for use with flammable liquids.

• Practice good housekeeping by keeping areas clear of materials that can burn.

• Report leaks, spills and ventilation failures to your supervisor immediately.

• Understand and practice emergency procedures so that you know what to do if it becomes necessary.

• Don’t heat containers or distribution systems containing flammable or combustible liquids.

• Don’t use flammable or combustible liquids for anything other than their intended uses.