Flammable Liquids Safety Training: Who and What

When flammable liquids are involved, the risks are high, and everyone needs to be trained to follow required safety procedures.

According to the hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), you must train employees who are or may be exposed to flammable liquids to work safely with these substances. Supervisors should also be trained to maintain a safe work environment for employees.

Employee Training

Basic employee training programs may cover:

  • Emergency evacuation
  • Use of portable fire extinguishers
  • Spill response procedures
  • Use, handling practices, procedures (including storage and transfer)
  • Area limitations such as no-smoking rules, open-flame rules, etc.
  • Ventilation systems
  • Housekeeping procedures
  • Special concerns

Flammable liquids are found in most industrial workplaces and pose significant risks. BLR’s upcoming live webinar will help you manage flammable liquids safely and meet the requirements of OSHA’s flammable liquids standard. Click here for details.

Supervisor Training

Supervisor training programs may cover:

  • Training responsibilities
  • Supervisory responsibilities
  • Necessity for careful supervision of safety precautions
  • Fire control and maintenance procedures
  • Requirement that hot work and spark-producing tools be used only under the supervision of a person in responsible charge, and that that individual make an inspection of the area before such work commences
  • Housekeeping requirements including access, waste and residue, and clear zones
  • Transfer requirements including electrical bonding
  • At wharves, requirement to have wharf superintendent and officer in charge of tank vessel agree that proper connections are made and proper precautions are taken
  • Recordkeeping requirements for certain operations, such as for storage tanks at service stations

Join us on April 29 for an in-depth webinar on the flammable liquids standard. You’ll find out how to prevent explosions and fire hazards for nonbulk flammables and stay in compliance with OSHA requirements. Learn More.

Learn More About Flammable Liquid Requirements

If you look around most facilities, there is a high likelihood that you’ll find flammable liquids. The amount of materials may vary but even in office environments, you will find some flammable materials that are used for cleaning, building maintenance, or equipment repair.

When used and stored properly, the risks associated with flammable liquids are easily managed. However, if these liquids are used or stored improperly, it could present serious hazards resulting in injuries and even death.

Preparing in advance and implementing compliant storage and use for flammable liquids is a very straightforward process. But you have to take the time and develop a program using practical and accurate information that takes into account recent OSHA revisions to its nonbulk flammable liquids standard, which took place in 2012 following the revision to the Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

The 2012 HazCom revisions changed the standards title from “Flammable and Combustible Liquids” to “Flammable Liquids.” Also, the revised regulation lists liquids as “categories” rather than “classes.”

It’s important to understand these changes and to make sure that you’re relying on proven, safe use and storage approaches for flammable liquids in your workplace.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on April 29 so you can take a closer look at your existing program to make sure it doesn’t “go up in smoke.” The presenter, a seasoned EHS professional, will provide a clear understanding of the applicable federal OSHA regulations that govern nonbulk flammable liquids, explain the key factors to consider when developing a flammable material storage and use program, and identify key components, such as audits and inspections, that will ensure that the program is implemented in a compliant manner.

You and your colleagues will learn:

  • An overview of OSHA’s flammable liquids standard, what a flammable liquid is, and the four flammable liquid categories
  • Key factors to consider when evaluating flammable liquids that will be stored and used in your facilities
  • How to store flammable liquids in a safe manner
  • How to select storage containers, such as safety cans and flammable storage cabinets
  • Must-have information about “grounding” and “ignition sources”
  • Best practices for developing your flammable liquid storage and use policy, program, and procedures
  • Why you should perform routine inspections and audits of your flammable liquid storage and use activities
  • How you can use safety data sheets to help you understand the fire and flammable hazards involved with specific materials
  • What is required for the labeling of flammable liquids
  • What personal protective equipment you should consider when using flammable liquids
  • How to coordinate your program with local fire department resources
  • How to identify and evaluate external resources that can help you develop and implement an effective and comprehensive flammable liquid storage and use program

About Your Speaker

Fran Sehn is the Assistant Vice President, Casualty Risk Control Services, for Willis of PA. He is the foundry practice leader and provides risk control consulting service for 11 ferrous and nonferrous foundries in the United States. His consulting work also includes providing safety audits, hazard assessments, and safety training for a variety of manufacturing, commercial, and industrial clients.

Mr. Sehn also works with several educational institutions in the Pittsburgh area, providing safety and risk control guidance for their safety committee efforts. He is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for both general industry and construction and a frequent speaker and lecturer on safety, risk management, and workers’ compensation issues.

Mr. Sehn recently presented “Not all Risks are Alike” at the Professional Development Conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He is the past president of the WPA Chapter ASSE and 2001 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year award winner and was recently honored by the Risk Management and Insurance Practice Specialty of the ASSE with their Safety Professional of the Year award for 2010. He has published six technical articles for the practice specialty technical bulletin.

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