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					            Basic Tips for Storing Flammables & Combustibles

In our jobs we routinely rely on chemicals to get the work done. But just as
important as the safe handling of these chemicals, is their safe storage. Failure to
properly store flammable and combustible materials can cause a fire, explosion, or
personal injury.

Here are some things to keep in mind when working with flammables and
combustibles:

    Flammable and combustible materials are solids, liquids or gases that ignite
     near sparks or open flames.
    Flammable materials include: Gasoline, thinners, adhesives, paint, dust,
     powders and acetylene
    Flammable materials could ignite and easily burn at normal temperatures
    Flammable liquids have flashpoints below 100 degrees Fahrenheit and are
     labeled as Class IA, IB or IC liquids
    Combustible materials include: Fuel oils, hydraulic fluid, kerosene, ethylene
     glycol, mineral oil and mineral solvent
    Combustible materials may catch fire if heated and/or exposed to an external
     flame
    Combustible liquids have flashpoints above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and are
     labeled as Class II, IIIA or IIIB liquids
    Obtain and read MSDSs for all materials with which you work
    Be aware of hazards (fire/explosion, chemical reactivity) of the materials with
     which you work
    Keep ignition sources away from flammable and combustible material storage
     and work areas
    Keep storage areas cool and dry
    Use approved containers for disposal of rags and other work
    Practice good housekeeping and equipment maintenance
    Keep areas clear of burnable materials
    Wear proper PPE and clean up spills immediately

				
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