Environmental Health and Safety

Effective Date: 11/03/00

Policy Statement 3: Storage of Flammable & Combustible Liquids


The storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.106, flammable and combustible liquids.


Flammable liquid means a liquid with a flashpoint below 100_F (37.8_C) and a combustible liquid means a liquid with a flashpoint at or above 100_F (37.8_C) but below 200_F (93.3_C). Forty-five gallons of flammable liquids may be stored in an approved storage cabinet in each contiguous area. Not more than 10 gallons of flammable liquid will be permitted in any contiguous area if not stored in an approved storage cabinet.


Flammable liquids will be dispensed from and stored in safety cans conspicuously labeled as to contents. Dispensing drums and containers shall be properly grounded and bonded before dispensing. Class 1A liquids (flashpoint below 73_F, boiling point at or below 100_F) will be in the smallest practical container and only one day's supply is permitted in each laboratory.


Refer to the Employee Guide to Chemical Hygiene and Safety for further details concerning flammable and combustible liquids.