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HSE HSG 140

Safe use and handling of flammable liquids

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SUMMARY

This guidance is for those responsible for the safe use and handling of flammable liquids in all general work activities, small-scale chemical processing and spraying processes.

It explains the fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids and will help you determine how to control the risks in your workplace.

The guidance is one of three documents dealing with fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids. The other two are:

HSG51 - Storage of flammable liquids in containers & HSG176 - Storage of flammable liquids in tanks.

It supplements the advice contained in Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

The revised document incorporates information and cites relevant standards in relation to the following publications which have been withdrawn:

HSG113 - Lift trucks in potentially flammable atmospheres;

HSG158 - Flame arresters: Preventing the spread of fires and explosions in equipment that contains flammable gases and vapours;

HSG178 - The spraying of flammable liquids

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author(s) alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy

Publisher: HSE
Published in: 2015

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