Solutions: Flammable, Explosive, Pyrophoric Gases
- Possible ignition of flammable, explosive, and pyrophoric gases, resulting in fire or explosion.
- Employees may also be exposed to gases above permissible limits.
- Identify and eliminate possible ignition sources. Use a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) for identifying and controlling such hazards.
- Provide appropriate ventilation to reduce gas concentration levels in the air.
- Provide PPE as appropriate to prevent contact with gases. [29 CFR 1910 Subpart I]
- Use respiratory protection when necessary to further reduce exposure and protect employees. [29 CFR 1910.134]
- Use gas monitoring systems with automatic shut-offs and alarm systems, as appropriate.
- Design and use specialized processing, material handling, and storage equipment for gases. Consider both normal use and emergency scenarios.
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages:
- Compressed Gas and Equipment
- Fire Safety
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Process Safety Management (PSM)
- Respiratory Protection