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Flammable & Hazardous Substances: How to Use Them Safely - On-Demand

Flammable & Hazardous Substances: How to Use Them Safely - On-Demand

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Flammable & Hazardous Substances: How to Use Them Safely - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to store, manage, and use flammable and hazardous chemicals in the workplace.


In November, an employee for a national restaurant chain died in Burlington, Massachusetts while trying to clean up cleaning chemicals that had spilled. His death resulted from a deadly, and accidental, mixing on the floor of hazardous (yet common) cleaning agents.

Aside from the tragic human toll chemical hazards can take, they can also spell massive legal liability for employers, which are ensuring the safety of their facility and their employees. Case in point: OSHA recently cited an international company with a U.S.-based facility for violations resulting in $51,000 in penalties and 40 health and safety violations. The alleged violations included: failure to train employees on chemical hazards, storing combustible waste in unsafe containers, not providing adequate PPE, not evaluating the workplace for respiratory hazards, and failing to post “no smoking signs” in areas with flammable and combustible products in use.

Suffice to say, the inability to store, manage, and use flammable and other hazardous substances properly can have serious health, safety, and financial consequences. And it’s crucial that your facility has the necessary procedures in place to avoid the explosions, fires, and other accidents that can result from poor management of these substances.

It’s also critical to know the right answers to questions like:

  • What chemicals are required to be stored in a fireproof cabinet or fireproof room?
  • Can wash bottles of flammable chemicals (acetone and isopropanol) be left out on countertops when not in use?
  • When dispensing flammable containers from a plastic container, what is the maximum size that can be used without having the need to be grounded?
  • What’s the proper way to dispose of oil-based paint, medium reducer, premium waste thinner and other similar substances?
  • How far away from gasoline can an ignition source be or a small power control station box?

Use this on-demand webinar for answers to these questions and many more.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify common ignition hazards in the workplace
  • Recognize how indoor and outdoor tank and container storage tables of the OSHA Flammable Liquids standard apply
  • Implement safe work practices to prevent accidents and illness
  • Recognize the physical symptoms of employees affected by overexposure to chemicals
  • Designate procedures to safely store and dispose of flammable and hazardous substances

About Your Presenter

Joe Kennan

Joe Keenan
Environmental Health and Safety Management Consultant

Joe Keenan, is a highly experienced Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Human Resources (HR) Professional and Management Consultant with over 25 years of experience. He received his Green Belt in Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing in 2005, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a Human Resource Management Concentration in 2007 and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in 2011. He serves as the Mississippi and Alabama Area Director of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and served on the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region IV Board of Directors as a Director at Large from 2013-2015. Since 2002, he has been an OSHA General Industry and Construction 10/30-Hour Authorized Outreach Trainer (both renewed in 2016).