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Revealed: How Construction Regulations 2014 affects the use and temporary storage of flammable liquids on construction sites

by , 11 March 2014
Do you use flammable liquids? If so, continue reading to find out about what Construction Regulations 2014 say about the use and temporary storage of flammable liquids on construction sites.

Construction Regulations 2014: Here are your requirements for using and storing flammable liquids on construction sites

Construction Regulations 2014 have everything covered. Not only do they cover requirements for suspended platforms and fall protection plans, they also cover how you must store and use flammable liquids on your site.

The requirements for using and storing flammable liquids on construction sites are as follows:

The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors says that a contactor must, in addition to complying with the provisions for the use and storage of flammable liquids in the General Safety Regulations 2003, ensure that:

#1: Where flammable liquids are being used, applied or stored at the workplace concerned, it's done in a manner that doesn't cause a fire or explosion hazard, and that the workplace is effectively ventilated;

#2: No person smokes in any place in which flammable liquid is used or stored. You (contractor) must have visible signs that prohibit smoking in these areas.

#3: An adequate amount of efficient fire-fighting equipment is installed in suitable locations around the flammable liquids store with the recognized symbolic signs.
 

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That's not all to the use and temporary storage of flammable liquids on construction sites

#4: Only the quantity of flammable liquid needed for work on one day is taken out of the store for use;

#5: All containers holding flammable liquids are tightly closed when not in actual use and, after their contents have been used up, are removed from the construction site and safely disposed of;

#6: Where flammable liquids are decanted, the metal containers are bonded and earthed; and

#7: No flammable material, including cotton waste, paper, cleaning rags or similar material is stored together with flammable liquids.

Now that you know about the use and temporary storage of flammable liquids on construction sites, make sure you comply with Construction Regulations 2014.



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