Safe work Australia issues new guidance on flammable liquid storage

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Date: 
Wednesday, 15 July, 2020 - 11:30
Category: 
Policy & legislation
Location: 
National News

Safe Work Australia has recently a new guide on the storage of flammable liquids for small to medium-sized businesses.

The guide describes the risks of flammable liquids and explains, step by step, how to manage those risks

This includes working out how flammable the chemicals you store are, which other chemicals they’re safe to be around, how to make sure there is proper ventilation, and ensuring you have the correct fire-fighting equipment. 

The guide also includes an example of a business that uses and stores flammable liquids and provides advice about workplace placarding for businesses storing large quantities of flammable liquids. 

The guide was developed in consultation with representatives from work health and safety regulators, unions and industry groups. 

Safe Work Australia has also published a new case study for businesses using and storing flammable hand sanitisers in response to COVID-19.

The case study discusses some simple steps that need to be taken when storing or rebottling hand sanitiser, such as making sure you have the chemicals safety data sheet and making sure you store it in a safe place.