DOT 3257 2This month we saw CAL-OSHA issue citations to a roofing company after two of its employees were literally blown off an asphalt tanker and ten (10) feet to the ground.  Both workers sustained serious burns to large portions of their bodies.  But after hearing all the comments about "safety is just common sense" I wonder how many professionals, including safety professionals, actually know that an asphalt tanker and kettles can and most often do contain a flammable atmopshere?  One fact we do know, at least two workers and their supervisor were NOT aware of this hazard, as the two employees standing on top of a tanker truck were attempting to turn the truck’s discharge pipe to face another direction and their supervisor instructed them to heat the pipe with a propane torch in order to loosen it.  The tanker was half-filled with hot liquid asphalt meaning there was plenty of vapor space in the tanker, coupled with the fact that heated liquid asphalt releases flammable vapors made for the perfect storm.  

It appears OSHA is getting serious about 1910.106(e)(2)(ii)(b)...

1910.106(e)(2)(ii) "Containers." flammable liquids shall be stored in tanks or closed containers.

1910.106(e)(2)(ii)(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c) of this subdivision, all storage shall comply with paragraph (d) (3) or (4) of this section.

1910.106(e)(2)(ii)(b) The quantity of liquid that may be located outside of an inside storage room or storage cabinet in a building or in any one fire area of a building shall not exceed:

Back on March 4, 2016 a contractor/truck driver was transferring "diesel fuel" of some type from a storage tank to his truck when there was a flash fire.  He received 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50% of his body and has since passed away from his injuries.  When I saw this incident in my Incident Alerts I was very curious as to how diesel fuel could be involved in a flash fire due to its HIGH flash point (~140F depending on grade of fuel).  But as stated by the Asst. Chief of the responding FD, the material he was transferring was not all diesel and the solution had some flammable liquid mixed in...

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  8. Cheat Sheet for Classifying Flammable Liquids under the new GHS (NC-OSHA)
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  10. “Dropping trailers” of flammable liquids
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  12. Atmospheric Flammable Liquid Tank Launches (video)
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  17. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting – Part 7: Interpolated Value Tank Venting Requirements
  18. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting – Part 6: Wetted Area and Vent Capacity
  19. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting – Part 5: Calculating Wetted Area
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  21. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting - Part 4: Wetted Area
  22. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting - Part 3: Venting Requirements
  23. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting — Part 2: Tank Shapes
  24. Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tank Emergency Venting – Part 1: Tank Types
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  27. Flammable Liquid Tank Explosion & Hotwork
  28. Flammable Liquids and Tote Accident
  29. Understanding OSHA's Flammable Liquid Std Ventilation Requirements
  30. What is the REAL PURPOSE of flammable storage cabinets?
  31. Flash Fire with Non-Conductive Flammable Liquid
  32. A study of flammable liquid storage tank accidents
  33. UPDATE on the Magna Blend flammable liquid fire
  34. Plastics and Flammables - It's what can occur outside the container we tend to over look
  35. Is a flame arrestor required in a "safety can"?
  36. Flammable Liquids, Portable Tanks, and Polyethylene Containers
  37. CAUTION! Frac Tanks are NOT designed for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
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  39. Flammable Liquid Storage Tanks and Venting
  40. Flammable Storage Cabinets... Did you know?
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  42. "Switch Loading" Flammable and Combustible Liquids is a Serious Risk that is often unknown or misunderstood
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  44. Flammable Liquids 101 - Part A
  45. Plastics and Flammable Liquids...SAFE?
  46. Methods to Control Static Electricity when processing non-Conductive Flammable Liquids    
  47. Safe Handling of non-Conductive Flammable Liquids
  48. Making sense of non-conductive flammable liquids
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  50. Sources of Static Generation in Flammable Liquid Processes
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  52. Flammable Liquids - 102, Surface area and MIE's
  53. Flammable Liquids 101 - Part B

Process or storage vessels and pipe systems that contain ignitable ranges of oxygen and flammable vapors are susceptible to catastrophic explosions. If the oxygen and vapor mixture is ignited by sparks, arcs, friction, compression or other heat sources, the expanding flame front may cause significant injuries and damage. One method of lessening the likelihood of a flash fire is by the installation of a flame arrestor in the equipment or on the end of a vent or process line. Flame arrestors are used in many industries, including refining, oil exploration and production, pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, sewage treatment, landfills, mining, power generation, and bulk liquids transportation.

Yes, OSHA has rules for the use of flammable liquids in areas that are not designed as a Hazardous Location.  OSHA covers Hazardous Locations in 1910.307, but those areas that do not rise to the level of being a Hazardous Location fall under 1910.334(d) which states:

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