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The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) defines a flammable liquid as "any liquid having a flash point below 100 deg. F. (37.8 deg. C.), except any mixture having components with flash points of 100 deg. F. (37.8 deg. C.) or higher, the total of which make up 99 percent or more of the total volume of the mixture. Flammable liquids shall be known as Class I liquids."
Something that is not flammable is called nonflammable.
The OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.106, Flammable and Combustible Liquids, covers the following items:
The Standard prohibits more than 60 gallons of Class I or Class II liquids or more than 120 gallons of Class III liquids in one storage cabinet. Cabinets must be labeled in conspicuous lettering with the statement Flammable - Keep Fire Away.For extra safety, your storage cabinets should be self-closing; a flammables storage cabinet isn't much good if your workers leave it open!
Handy wall safety posters are available at Safety Emporium.
Flowing liquids can generate static electricity. When transferring liquids from one container to another, be sure to follow proper bonding and grounding procedures.
Also be careful when cutting or welding fuel storage tanks and pipes. A number of fatal accidents have occured when residual vapors were ignited by sparks or flames - see the OSHA fatal fact sheets listed below.
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