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printreg, January, 2003
Storing Flammable Liquids in Production Areas


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From: Debra Jacobson(djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 10:06:40


For those printers who use solvent based ink, thinning solvent or any flammable material used for cleaning you may need to be limiting the amount of product stored in containers in the production area or consider adding flammable liquid storage cabinets.
Debra Jacobson

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29 CFR 1910.106(e)(2)(ii)(b) How much flammable liquid can be stored outside a flammable liquid cabinet within a building or in any one fire area of a building?

OSHA sets limits on the quantities of flammable liquids that can be stored both inside and outside designated flammable liquids cabinets. Although there are exceptions, the following are the general limits on the quantity of liquid that may be located outside of an storage room or storage cabinet in a building, or in any one fire area of a building:

25 gallons of Class IA liquids in containers
120 gallons of Class IB, IC, II, or III liquids in containers
660 gallons of Class IB, IC, II, or III liquids in a single portable tank

You can find OSHA's definitions of each of OSHA's classes of flammable liquids at 1910.106(a)(18)(ii).

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