FAQs: Flammable Liquid Storage

There are many common questions that are asked in regard to flammable or chemical liquid storage. And with good reason. You want to be sure these liquids are stored and kept safe in a confined area such as a storage cabinet or locker to ensure the safety of everyone at your facility.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a flammable and combustible liquids code, known as NFPA 30. It provides safeguards to reduce the hazards associated with the storage, handling and use of flammable and combustible liquids.

Below are a few frequently asked questions from the NFPA website regarding NFPA 30 along with responses that explain some of the regulations in greater detail.

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OSHA, Independent Electrical Contractors Renew Alliance

Last month, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced a five-year agreement to renew its alliance with the Independent Electrical Contractors Inc.

This alliance is aimed at protecting construction workers from electrical hazards while on the job. Its primary focus will be on providing agency staff with 70E and arc-flash training, as well as preventing worker exposures to electric shock and arc flash hazards.

In addition, participants will also promote awareness of OSHA campaigns on preventing falls and heat illness, and promote the culture of safety through outreach programs, specifically to small businesses and workers with limited or non-English speaking skills.

The alliance has created fact sheets and other guidance documents on updates to OSHA electrical standards, which you can access by clicking here. They also contain information on hazards involved in working on or near energized electrical conductors and circuit parts, general safety guidance to help prevent fall-related injuries and safety considerations when using ladders.

The Independent Electrical Contractors (or IEC) is a national trade association for electrical and systems contractors. The association has 56 chapters nationwide that  provide management, safety and worker developmental training each year to more than 3,000 contracting businesses, comprising more than 100,000 employees and electrician apprentices.

To read the full news release from OSHA on this announcement, click here. For more information on OSHA’s Alliance Programs, click here.

A Checklist for 2016

As we move into a new year, its always a good idea to make a list of things that need to be done to ensure your business has a successful year. Because a lot of you are busy getting back into the swing of things after the holidays this week, I thought I would come up with a small checklist of things you can do around your facility that will help you better prepare for the year ahead.

1. Check Your Inventory

Take a walk around your facility and see if there is anything that needs replenished. Maybe some of your absorbents supply is running a little low? Or you notice a spill kit is looking a little empty? We can certainly help with that with our vast supply of absorbent products or a spill kit refill.

2. Be Prepared for Inspections

Safety inspections can happen at anytime, and are often unannounced. Make sure you are compliant to start 2016. Maybe you need to have an eyewash station in place in a certain area. Or you need to implement a plan for spill containment for some loose drums in your warehouse. Whatever the case may be, we are here to help you with a wide array of OSHA-compliant products from the industry’s top manufacturers.

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How to Use a Formaldehyde Eater Spill Kit

Spill 911 recently added the Formaldehyde Eater spill kits, manufactured by Clift Industries, to it’s line of specialty spill kits. This is the perfect kit for safe remediation of black, green–blue and white molds from a variety of surfaces.

Below is a list of step-by-step instructions on how to use the Formaldehyde Eater spill kit should you encounter one of these spills.

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Infographic: What You Need to Know About GHS

Below is an infographic from 2012 about everything you need to know regarding GHS, or the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This infographic is courtesy of Atlantic Training, one of the nation’s top suppliers of employee training solutions. To access their website, click here. Whether you are familiar with GHS already or this is a new concept to you, this infographic will provide a quick resource to access information and see why this is becoming the industry standard for classifications.

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