Whenever possible solvents shall be used that are non-flammable, non-toxic or have a low health and fire risk. Prior to the use of any product that has potential health or fire risk, supervisors shall ensure the Material Safety Data Sheet (“MSDS”) is reviewed with all personnel involved.
All toxic or flammable products shall be stored in a manner that leakage from primary containers would be captured through secondary containment, and not contaminate soils or water.
Cleaning solvents shall be contained in dip tanks designed for cleaning and shall not be used from open containers that may cause spillage. Dip tanks shall have a ventilation system or be used in a well-ventilated area.
All used solvents, flammables, or toxic products shall be disposed of in accordance with statutory requirements. Flammable products shall not be used where there is a potential for a source of ignition. Personal protective equipment required for handling toxic or flammable products vary according to the specific nature of the hazards and conditions of use. MSDSs shall be reviewed for specific requirements.
Always be aware of line of fire, It may be easy to think that being in the line of fire isn’t a big deal, especially when the potential of the hazard actually occurring may be minimal. However, if you stick your hand in the fire enough times, you are likely to be burned.
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