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Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

July 21, 1975

Cornelius H. Collender
Manager Technical Service
Research and Development
Airwick Industries, Inc.
380 North Street
Teterboro, New Jersey 07608

Dear Mr. Collender:

This is in response to your letter requesting clarification of the OSHA Standard 1910.106(a)(18)(ii)(a) and (b) relating to standards covering greater than 200° flashpoint.

Anything over 200°, although still classified as combustible is exempt from Standards regulation since the Standards failed to include that category. However, this should not be presumed to excuse an employer from providing a safe and healthful workplace in accordance with the Williams-Steiger Act. Therefore, some degree or protection and a great deal of caution should be used in handling and storing substances which are classified above the 200° flashpoint.

The lack of proper precautions could result in a citation issued by a compliance officer.

Please feel free to contact us if there are further questions about OSHA.


Alfred Barden
Assistant Regional Director
Occupational Safety and Health