Flammable Liquids laws & safety compliance analysis

Flammable Liquids: What you need to know


The flammable liquid standard explains what these substances are and how to store and use them safely. The primary hazards associated with flammable liquids are explosion and fire. The standard contains details on constructing and locating storage areas to prevent buildup of hazardous vapors and procedures to control and extinguish any fires that do start. The regulation also includes steps to follow to prevent contact between flammable liquid and ignition sources.

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The following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules contain provisions directly related to the flammable liquid rule for general industry:

  • 29 CFR 1910.1200--Hazard Communication Standard
  • 29 CFR 1910.107--Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials
  • 29 CFR 1910.108--Dip tanks
  • 29 CFR 1910.125--Additional requirements for dipping and coating operations
  • 49 CFR Parts 171 to 173--General Requirements for Shipments and Packagings (Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations)
29 CFR 1910.106(j)

The flammable liquids rule applies to any employers that handle, store, or use flammable liquids with a flash point at or below 199.4 degrees Fahrenheit (ºF) (93 degrees Celsius (ºC)).

The rule does not apply to employers that:

  • Transport of flammable liquids in bulk
  • Store, handle, and use fuel oil tanks and containers connected with oil-burning equipment
  • Store flammable liquids on farms
  • Use, handle, or store liquids without flashpoints that may be flammable under some conditions, such as certain halogenated hydrocarbons and mixtures containing halogenated hydrocarbons
  • Mists, sprays, or foams that are not flammable aerosols
29 CFR 1910.106(a) and 29 CFR 1910.1200, Appendices B and C

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