01/10/2005

Chemical Storage Guidelines, Flammables

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has publihed a new fact
sheet on the storage of flammable chemicals.

Many chemicals require special storage to minimize serious risk for personal
injury and damage to property and equipment. Safe storage of chemicals begins
with the identification of chemicals to be stored and their hazards. Material
safety data sheets (MSDSs) may not provide enough information for safe storage
and chemical segregation.

The handling and use of flammable liquids and their vapors may cause health
hazards from ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact. Health effects vary,
depending on the particular chemical, the chemical concentration, and route of
exposure. Dangers include toxicity, reactivity, instability, or corrosivity of
the material. The ability of a chemical to either burn or support burning is a
potentially disastrous physical hazard. Combustion byproduct contaminants are
also a concern because they are different from those of the original flammable
material. Byproducts include fumes, gases, smoke, and dust particles. They can
produce toxic effects, as in fire fatalities resulting from poison
gases.

The fact sheet lists a general guide for the storage and segregation of flammables. Furthermore it lists questions to ask before storing flammables.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division