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Pay attention to these five areas of a flammable store or else!

by , 11 February 2014
General Safety Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act define flammable liquids as any liquid that produces vapour that forms an explosive mixture with air. This includes any liquid with a flashpoint of less than 55 degrees Celsius. If you work with flammable liquids in your company, continue reading to find out the five areas of a flammable store you must pay attention to...


You must store flammable liquids safety. This is especially important because 'flammable liquids ignite (catch on fire) and burn easily at normal working temperatures,' says the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety.

'Everyone who works with these liquids must be aware of their hazards and how to work safely with them,' adds the centre.

So how do you ensure flammable liquids don't pose a danger?

Pay extra attention to the following five areas of your flammable store

#1: The roof. You must build your roof from reinforced concrete or other non-combustible material acceptable to the local authority.

#2: Lighting. 'You're only allowed to install incandescent electric type lights enclosed in an outer flame-proof fitting. [And] all wiring must be armoured cable or enclosed seamless metal tubes and the junctions must be screwed together,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

#3: Windows. Make sure all your windows have metal frames, glazed with wire woven of shatterproof glass and that you can't open them.

#4: Switches. All your switches, junction boxes, fuses and other electrical equipment must be outside your store.

#5: Shelves. If you want to use your space effectively, install shelves in your store. Just make sure these shelves are made of metal and that they're bonded or earthed. The same applies to containers, pumps and siphons.

Knowing the five areas of a flammable store you must pay particular attention to will help ensure you store flammable liquids safely.

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