Gas Cans – Knowing What to Use

With so many different types of fuel containers available in the marketplace, it could be confusing as to what type of container is appropriate for storing gasoline or other flammable liquids. As a quick general overview, all of the containers below can be used as fuel containers — but it depends on who is using it (the individual user and their environment) and their application (storing and transferring liquid versus transporting it) — that determines what gas can to use when.

Standard Plastic Gas Cans

These are specifically intended for consumer use around the home and sell in the retail range of $10 – $50. They are widely available from hardware stores, home centers and big-box chain retailers.

Metal and Polyethylene Safety Cans

These are “Safety Cans” which are FM approved and/or UL Listed, and are required by OSHA when used by any business or commercial enterprise. Key required safety features include flame arresters, self-closing lids, pressure relief and 100% leak testing. They generally range in purchase price from $50 to $150 and are available through industrial and safety supply distributors.

DOT Approved Safety Cans

These are FM and DOT/UN approved safety cans, and are required for use in any commercial vehicle by the Department of Transportation and OSHA when transporting flammable or combustible liquids on public roads and highways (with some minor exceptions, such as if transporting less than 1/3 of a gallon). Key required safety features, over and above “Safety Cans”, include rugged handle drop protection and a lid locking device for transport. DOT approved safety cans generally range in purchase price from $150 to $300 and are available through industrial and safety supply distributors.

To view Spill 911’s line of Safety Cans, click here. If you have any questions on which option would be right for your application, please give one of our customer service representatives a call at 800-474-5911.

How to Store Pesticides in a Safety Cabinet

If you store pesticides and flammable liquids in your facility, you must store them according to OSHA regulations in safety cabinets that meet OSHA requirements. Pesticides present a substantial danger to people and the environment when improperly stored, so having a pesticide safety plan for the protection of your employees that controls the usage of the chemicals is a must for your business.

Any reputable supplier of industrial safety equipment will have a large selection of safety cabinets to choose from.

Ideal pesticide safety cabinets feature double-wall construction with 1.5″ of air space and dual flame-arresting vents. They also contain a three-point automatic latch with keyed lock to prevent unauthorized access and steel shelves, fitted with corrosion resistant polyethylene trays with adjustable centers to accommodate a variety of containers.

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OSHA, BCSP Form Alliance to Provide Safety and Health Information to Certification Holders

Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) announced they have formed and alliance to provide BCSP certification holders and other practitioners with information and guidance to protect workers’ safety and health.

During the two-year agreement, both organizations will work together to engage safety and health professionals and their employers in Agency outreach initiatives, such as the Safe + Sound Campaign and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

BCSP will also contribute in the development of OSHA resources to assist small and medium-sized employers in identifying situations that may benefit from a safety and health professional’s expertise, and finding the right professional to help.

BCSP sets technical competency criteria and certifies safety, health and environmental practitioners worldwide. The organization mentors more than 38,000 certification holders and others interested in the occupational safety and health profession.

To read the full news release from OSHA, click here. To read more about OSHA’s Alliance Program, click here.

The Standard Safety Cabinet Colors

Although industrial workplaces and laboratories all must be prepared with emergency plans in the event of a fire or serious chemical spill, risk management against these instances begins not with a spill kit or personal protective equipment but with safety cabinets.

No matter if you select a design from Justrite, Eagle, or similar manufacturer for your facility, safety cabinets are color coded in reference to the liquids and solids that can be stored inside. Keeping incompatible chemicals away from each other lessens the probability harmful gasses, vapors, heat, fire, or, worse, an explosion could be created.

While the chemicals themselves should never be stored alphabetically inside in order to reduce the risks listed above, colors given to safety cabinets assist with appropriate grouping. Here are the common colors for safety cabinets:

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