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Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Flammable and combustible liquids are common to logging operations, typically as fuels for vehicles, machinery and chainsaws. Like explosives, these fuels can present a hazard if they are stored, transported, or handled improperly. Most of the requirements for the safe use of flammable and combustible liquids are listed in OSHA's general industry standards (29 CFR 1910.106).
Highlights of Requirements for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Flammable and combustible liquids must be stored, handled, transported, and used in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.106. [Should we attempt to summarize this standard?]
  • These liquids must not be transported in the driver compartment or in any passenger-occupied area of a machine or vehicle.
  • With the exception of diesel powered machines, equipment must be shut off during fueling. Diesels may be fueled while at idle, assuming safe fueling procedures are followed.
  • Fuels can be used to start fires if the particular situation does not create a hazard to workers.

book Additional Information:

  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart R, Special industries. OSHA Standard.
  • Logging Operations. OSHA Federal Register Final Rules 60:47022-47037 (September 8, 1995). Amends the logging operations standard. [See Paragraph (d)(9)(i) -- Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids.]


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