Safety Techniques for Combustible Storage
Flammable and combustible liquids can present dangerous storage and working atmospheres. Regulations and requirements for storing and handling hazardous materials are necessary in order to maintain a safe work atmosphere. Follow the requirements and guidelines below for storing flammable and combustible liquids to remain safe and protected.
1.Analyze Chemical Classification
Flammable and combustible chemicals can be segregated into many different categories and classifications. It is necessary to analyze chemicals prior to storing to fully understand the chemical’s hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) defines flammables and combustibles into different classes outlined below:
Class IA: Includes all liquids that have a flash point below 73°F (22.8°C).
Class IB: Includes all liquids that have a flash point below 73°F (22.8°C).
Class IC: Includes all liquids that have a flash point at or above 73°F (22.8°C), but below 100°F.
Class II: Includes all liquids that have a flash point at or above 100°F (37.8°C), but below 140°F.
Class IIIA: Includes all liquids that have a flash point at or above 140°F (60°C), but below 200°F.
Class IIIB: Includes all liquids that have a flash point at or above 200°F (93.3°C).
2. Safe Combustible Chemical Storage Guidelines
- Store flammables and combustibles in a well ventilated area; a mechanical ventilation system is recommended when storing flammable and combustible class chemicals.
- Do not store hazardous chemicals in direct sunlight or near other ignition sources.
- Utilize climate controlled storage to maintain chemical stability.
- Do not store chemicals above eye level.
- Properly label chemical containers and chemical storage buildings according to hazardous class.
- Implement explosion proof accessories, including explosion proof relief panels, on chemical storage buildings.
- Store incompatible materials in separate rooms segregated by fire-rated partition walls.
- Utilize fire-rated chemical storage buildings when storing flammable or combustible substances near occupied facilities (check with your local fire marshal for variance allowances).
3. Safely Handling Combustible Chemical Storage
- Wear personal protective equipment (ie. lab coat, goggles and face shield, gloves, non-synthetic clothing etc).
- Utilize bonding and grounding techniques when transferring flammable and combustible materials.
- Completely seal all container openings after the transfer of liquids.
Safe Combustible Chemical Storage Buildings
US Chemical Storage offers safe combustible chemical storage solutions for all chemical classes. Available fire-rated chemical storage buildings include our 2-hour fire-rated FIREloc building and our 4-hour fire-rated SUPERloc chemical storage building.
FIREloc chemical storage building – Offers a 2-hour fire-rated construction; allows flammable and combustible chemicals to be stored 10-30 feet away from occupied facilities and property lines.
SUPERloc chemical storage building – Store flammable and combustible substances 10 feet from or within occupied facilities.
Meets NFPA, EPA, OSHA, IFC, IBC regulations and FM or Warnock Hersey standards. Features a 15-year structural warranty and a two-part epoxy top-coat for resistances against UV and extreme weather conditions.
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