Flammable substances are typically stored in a well-ventilated area outdoors. The storage—handling procedures should be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The storage and handling of flammable materials is covered by the standard LOC, OHSAS and other codes. Ensure that your work has been done thoroughly and safely before storing or handling any products. Here are tips on how to handle various flammable products safely.
- Use only approved storage containers and equipment.
Flammable materials should never be stored or handled in a container that is not specifically designed for that purpose. If possible, utilize tanks and containers used for the almacenamiento de productos inflamables such as gasoline, solvents and oils. Products should be stored and handled in a manner to ensure the protection of other workers but also to prevent an explosion or fire from starting. Containers should have adequate ventilation, such as through one or more holes drilled in the bottom of them (which must always be above ground level).
- Keep products separated.
Flammable materials should be stored separately from other materials and stored in an area with proper ventilation. This is especially important if they are likely to react with other chemicals. For example, storing flammable liquids close to or mixed with other flammable liquids or dry substances such as wood, sawdust, paper and plastics can lead to a fire or explosion. In some countries, it is common practice to store flammable products in a special building which is kept well away from the main workplace just in case of any accidents occurring.
- Use approved storage containers for volatile liquid products.
Flammable products should be stored and handled so that the vapors are released at safe levels. When using containers with internal pumps, ensure that the pump handle is removed. When using tanks, ensure that the roof has been adequately secured to prevent leakage of flammable vapors and materials into the surrounding atmosphere.
- Use approved storage containers for gases or vapors.
For volatile gases such as methane, methane-propane mixtures and other compressed gases, storage containers should be cleaned regularly to remove deposits of dust and debris which can cause leaks and explosions.
- Use only approved candle holders / candles when needed.
When using open flames in the workplace, ensure that it is done with approved equipment (such as fire resistant gloves, boots and aprons). Avoid using combustible materials when possible and create a safe distance from the work area.
- Ensure that all electrical equipment is properly protected from heat or fire.
Flammable products should be stored in a well-ventilated area to allow normal air circulation around the storage containers. This prevents the buildup of hazardous vapors or gases which could lead to overheating, explosions and fires. Electrical equipment should be installed so that flammable vapors do not come into contact with them and creating dangerous sparks or heating elements which could cause ignition of flammable materials.