Fires, flashbacks and other hazards associated with flammable liquids

July 15, 2019

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Flammable liquids don’t actually burn, they emit vapours that mix with the air and become flammable at certain temperatures and concentrations. But when managing flammable liquids you have to do more than work out how the chemicals could catch on fire — many flammable liquids are also explosive, volatile, corrosive, toxic and carcinogenic. In this blog we’ll be looking closely at the inherent hazards associated with flammable liquids and how your storage and handling practices can decrease the level of risk. It’s fairly obvious that flammable liquids can burn, but in order to fully understand a fire hazard and the potential for danger you need to know (and understand) a chemical’s flammable range, auto-ignition temperatures, volatility and flashpoint. You’ll find all this information on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). As we mentioned in the first paragraph, flammable liquids don’t burn. It’s the vapours that burn.  And the lowest temperature at which the chemical can evaporate and produce enough vapours to ignite and continue burning is called the liquid’s flashpoint. Flammable liquids are classified according to their ‘flashpoint’ — and in Australia any flammable liquids that have a flashpoint of less than 60°C, are classified as Dangerous Goods.

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