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Module 2: Flammable Materials Copy

June 4, 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11579″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]All government construction sites require work to be conducted in a manner to avoid the introduction of open flame, intense heat, or sparks to the work site, wherever practical.

So, using flammable and combustible materials needs to be minimized and consistent  with your construction specifications.

In particular, the presence of flammable liquids such as gasoline and cleaning solvents need to be minimized. That’s the prevention angle. And, as protection goes, fire extinguishers must be on all pieces of onsite equipment and must be within twenty-five feet of all work areas.

We know the use of flammable materials on construction sites is common. Materials such as gas, diesel, and propane are the most common, so be extra cautious when using  flammable substances and get familiar with the Safety Data Sheets before handling flammable materials.

Flammable liquids are always stored in the correct containers and kept a safe distance away from all sources of heat.

Some other common flammable materials would be cleaning agents, flammable and combustible materials, and combustible waste. So, lets talk about this for a minute. Cleaning agents are common, and we forget how flammable they are. Only approved  cleaning fluids will be allowed on government construction projects. Explosive liquids like gasoline and carbon tetrachloride cannot ever be used as cleaning agents.

So, if you’re a Site Safety and Health Officer, be sure to check the Safety Data Sheets for all products.

Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Flammable and Combustible Liquids can be used on government construction projects,
however there are requirements that must be adhered to when storing them.

Flammable means… the product has a flash point of less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The combustibility of a material gives an indication of how quickly a fire will grow. Both of these aspects are essential to fire and life safety. Let’s park right here for a moment, and then we’ll talk about storing these materials.

Flash point is an indication of how easy a chemical may burn if exposed to a temperature at or above the vapor’s auto ignition temperature. Material with a high flash point is less flammable or hazardous than a material with a low flash point. And material with a low auto-ignition temperature is a greater fire hazard than material with a high auto-ignition temperature.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Module 2 Quiz” margin_design_tab_text=””]Please click the Module 2 Quiz link below to take the short quiz. When you’ve completed the quiz, we cam start on Module 2 which is about Storing Flammable and Combustible materials. Good luck on the quiz and we’ll see you back here soon![/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row]