Flammable liquid can increase the risk of fire in the plant site, whether it is in small or large quantities. The plant’s site has various flammable liquids, for example gasoline, solvents, paint and thin. Through our flammable threat signs we can easily identify them. As a reminder, I briefly describe its definition and classification. When you need to decide on a flammable liquid, please see the summary below.
Definition and classification
The combustible and flammable liquids are classified mainly by a flash point and a boiling point. Flash points are defined as the lowest temperatures on which to generate enough flammable vapors to ignite flammable liquids. The boiling point is defined at the temperature on which the fluid is converted to steam state with absolute pressure.
Flammable liquids are classified:
Class IA: Includes a fluid in which the flash point is below 22.8oC and is a boiling point below 37.8oC. Class IB: They are fluid which is boiling or over 22.8oC and flash point 37.8oC or above. Class IC: It is fluid in which Flash points are 22.8oC or 37.8oC or so.
Combined liquids are classified:
Class II: Includes fluids that have flash points of 37.8oC or more than 60oC. Class IIIA: It contains 60oC or liquid which has a flash point below 93oC. Class III B: It contains 93oC or more flash point fluid. Flash points and boiling point data can be easily found in the content security data sheet, especially in section III physical and chemical data.
Check out 20 important points about flammable cabinets
Now let’s talk about 20 safety checks on securite flammable liquid cabinets. Check one after another and make sure we do not have anything left.
- Maintain stock on minimum inventory level. Share will definitely increase the risk of fire.
- Storage and location will be separated from other materials and chemicals.
- Store the flammable liquid away from the process.
- Remove any sources of storage and ignition from containers (sparks, hot surfaces, open flames, smoking materials).
- Provide clear labels for each container.
- Design appropriate ventilation to spread flammable vapor due to leakage, leak or any free from any process.
- Use a suitable container with lid and spill catcher tray.
- Replace the flammable liquid with less flammable if possible.
- Remove the flammable fluid completely from the process.
- Keep the container closed when not in use.
- Storage should not be blocked in exit paths.
- Inspect the storage tank and container for holes and leaks, and ensure the position of caps and seals.
- Use cabinets with flame arrest to store automated doors and flammable liquids from high-grade metal.
- Keep cabinet away from traffic, flames or heat generating traffic, machinery, people and equipment.
- Do not keep flammable liquid volume on the capacity of the cabinet
- Use elevated floor for ventilation, explosion-proof lights and wiring, grounding system and storage room.
- Keep appropriate alert labels and signs in the container and storage room.
- Provide sprinkler systems and back-up protection.
- Do not allow unauthorized access to flammable and flammable liquid storage and containers.
- For the storage tank, it was better to have enough dykes installed.
Guidelines for using flammable liquid storage cabinets
According to the OSHA (Commercial Safety and Health Act), all flammable liquids should be stored in a suitable container if not used at the time. Flammable, fire-resistant liquid tight, self-explosive fire doors, inside the storage room, should have “4” and ventilation system which changes the air at least six hours.
If your quantity does not fit the storage room, you can store it in the safety cabinet designed for the NFPA standards. Depending on the OSHA NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), consider standardizing how to create a security cabinet. When purchasing a safety cabinet, make sure that it meets the NFPA code and FM is valid. If this FM is approved, your insurer will consider it appropriate and will do the same as the OSHA inspector. This cabinet has standard colors for various materials. Everybody should have a bold label that tells the class of stored ingredients inside.
The above checklist indicates a very basic security requirement for combustible and flammable liquid cabinets. Other issues should be considered which should be considered. Each year, one of the main causes of fire in the workplace is an inappropriate storage of inflammatory fluid. The industries are spending billions of dollars alone for convenience loss. So, assuming that you have decided to follow, there is an essential question for you.