Flammable liquids can be ignited by the smallest spark of electricity, including static electricity. Safely storing and disposing of leftover flammable liquids is vital for every business or homeowner. Examples of potentially harmful liquids include paints, fuels, solvents, rubbing alcohol, and pesticides. Proper storing and disposal of these liquids not only help keep your household and the public safe, but also protects the environment.
The factor that determines whether or not a liquid is flammable is the classification of their flashpoints, which is the lowest temperature at which the liquid will produce enough vapor to start burning. Any liquid with a flashpoint below 140 degrees F (60 C) is considered flammable and falls under strict state and federal regulation. It is illegal to throw flammable liquids in your trash or pour them down the drain.
How to store flammable liquids
Proper storage of your flammable liquids is essential because any liquid or vapor leaks can cause a fire in your home or business. You should store the liquids in their original container if possible, or use a container made of the same material as the original container. Make sure your containers are sealed, labeled, and secure in one area like your garage or storage shed.
Be aware of any possible leaks in your containers since a small leak can spread quickly. Flammable and combustible liquids should be kept away from stairs, doorways, hallways, etc. Protect yourself and others and keep your home or business safe by keeping flammable liquids out of reach from children and pets.
Flammable liquids in the workplace
Almost every workplace has flammable or combustible liquids present, whether it’s cleaning products, waxes, adhesives, or fuels, etc. People who work with these liquids must know the hazards and how to work with them safely. There are laws in place to provide guidelines for protecting workplaces where flammable liquids are stored or used regularly (i.e. OSHA Standard number CFR 1926.152). Click here to view OSHA regulations on flammable liquids.
As an extra precaution, make sure you are acquainted with your building as well as the electrical and fire codes that specify the proper storage areas. These laws will state how much flammable liquid can be stored in storage areas, and for how long. Furthermore, they will also specify rules for safety during emergencies, such as placement of fire extinguishers and no smoking signs. In addition, the law requires companies to regularly review their documented policies and practices for emergencies and safety procedures.
Disposing of flammable liquids
At HTS Environmental, we help you dispose of flammable waste in the safest way possible. If you have flammable liquid waste that needs to be collected, make sure that it is in a metal, DOT complaint drum with proper labels and markings. If you do not have the proper container with labels/markings, our field technicians can assist you to package your waste on an as needed basis.
Once your waste is ready for pick-up, professional drivers are dispatched who arrive at your business ready to transport with the paperwork to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations. We can accommodate pickups ranging from just 1 drum to 6,000 gallons of liquid. Contact us to get a quote today!
For more information on flammable liquids by OSHA, please click here.