Flammables and Compressed Gases Best Management Practices

Flammables and compressed gases are two hazardous materials commonly found in nearly any facility.  From heavy industry, light industry and warehouses and nearly any facility resembling one of the three described.  Over the course of 30 years of experience best practices have changed as technology advanced. For example, a gasoline can from 30-years ago no longer resembles the ones currently offered.  The new gasoline cans are meant to prevent issues from static electricity and spillage.

In a February 2021 Webinar a poll was conducted to determine which hazardous materials were the most common.  Unsurprisingly, flammables and compressed gases were the two most common. 

There are usually two situations at a facility using these hazardous materials.  A bulk type container where the hazardous material is dispensed and a workbench used container.  Compressed gases are usually staged where there are multiple ones of the same kind and then transferred onto carts where they are moved to the location where they are used. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910 Subpart H 1910.101 Compressed Gases and 1910.106 Flammable Liquids provides the necessary regulatory requirements for managing both.  It should be noted requirements for Compressed Gasses relies on the Compressed Gas Association Pamphlets C-6-1968 and C-8-1962, which is incorporated by reference as specified in Sec. 1910.6. This pamphlet is no longer updated but provides the requirements.  The section on Flammables is more detailed but also relies on other reference documents such as the National Fire Protection Association. 

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