OSHA Standard and Requirements for Safe Handling,
Storing and Dispensing of Flammable Liquids

Satisfying OSHA Standards for
Plant Safety
This section should prove of special interest to you and be helpful in selecting the particular safety container device that you need to meet a specific OSHA requirement. To make this job as easy as possible we have taken paragraphs from OSHA Safety Requirements in the CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS and related them to the Protectoseal catalog product section that best satisfies these requirements.

Safety Cans

1910.106 Flammable and combustible liquids.
(d) Container and portable tank storage––(1) Scope––(i) General. This paragraph shall apply only to the storage of flammable or combustible liquids in drums or other containers (including flammable aerosols) not exceeding 60 gallons individual capacity and those portable tanks no exceeding 660 gallons individual capacity.

(d) Container and portable tank storage––
(2) Design, construction, and capacity of containers––(i) General. Only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used. Metal containers and portable tanks meeting the requirements of and containing products authorized by Chapter 1, Title 49 of the Code of federal Regulations (regulations issued by the Hazardous Materials Regulations Board, department of Transportation), shall be deemed to be acceptable.

(d) Container and portable tank storage––(5) Storage inside building––(iii) Office occupancies. Storage shall be prohibited except that which is required for maintenance and operation of building and operation of equipment. Such storage shall be kept in closed metal cans or in an inside storage cabinet or in safety cans or in an inside storage room not having a door that opens into that portion of the building used by the public.

(e) Industrial plants––(2) Incidental storage or use of flammable and combustible liquids–– (ii) Containers. Flammable or combustible liquids shall be stored in takes or closed containers.
(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c) of this subdivision, all storage shall comply with paragraph (d)(3) or (4) of the section.
(b) The quantity of liquid that may be located outside of an inside storage room or storage cabinet in a building or in any one fire area of a building shall not exceed:
(1) 25 gallons of Class IA liquids in containers.
(2) 120 gallons of Class IB, IC, II, or III liquids in containers.
(3) 660 gallons of Class IB, IC, II, or III liquids in a single portable tank.

1926.152 Flammable and combustible liquids.
(a) General requirements. (1) Only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used for storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids. Approved metal safety cans shall be used for the handling and use of flammable liquids in quantities greater than one gallon, except that this shall not apply to those flammable liquid materials which are highly viscid (extremely hard to pour), which may be used and handled in original shipping containers. For quints of one gallon or less, only the original container or approved metal safety cans shall be used for storage, use, and handling of flammable liquids.

(g) Service and refueling areas. (1) Flammable or combustible liquid shall be stored in approved closed containers, in tanks located underground, or in aboveground portable tanks.

(g) Service stations–– (1) Storage and handling––(v) Dispensing into portable containers. No delivery of any class I liquids shall be made into portable containers unless the container is constructed of metal, has a tight closure with screwed or spring cover, and is fitted with a spout or so designed that the contents can be poured without spilling.

1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards.
(a) Color identification––(1) Red. (ii) Danger. Safety cans or other portable containers of flammable liquids having a flashpoint at or below 80°F. (open cup tester), excluding shipping containers, shall be painted red with some additional clearly visible identification either in the form of a yellow band around the can or the name of the contents conspicuously stenciled or painted on the can in yellow.


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