Flammable Liquids Toolbox Talk
10 Jul 2020 - Flaaim
Flammable Liquids including petroleum based adhesives and paint products are used extensively throughout the construction industry and carry with them the risk of fire, serious accidents and injury
- Always look for the hazard symbol and wording on containers.
- Only ever have the minimum quantities at the place of work. Keep the remainder in suitable stores.
- Always keep the lid on containers when not in immediate use and store correctly
Points to remember
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep away from open flames and sources of heat. They can ignite at relatively low temperatures.
- Do not smoke in areas where FL’s are used or stored and do not use equipment which generates heat and/or sparks (including electrical sparks).
- FL vapours are generally heavier than air and will accumulate at ground level if they cannot disperse. Beware of drains, excavations, pits etc both when using and storing FL’s.
- FL vapours can also be toxic, making you drowsy etc. Only use in well ventilated areas, or, if this is not possible, respiratory protective equipment may have to be worn.
- FL storage should comprise containers made of non-flammable material. (Don’t forget the vapour hazards — ensure there is ventilation.)
- Clear up any spillage immediately and safely dispose of contaminated cleaning materials. If inside a building, consider assisting vapour dispersal by opening windows, doors etc.
- Consider covering drains to protect against entry by substance or its vapour where necessary and practicable.