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August 17, 1994

Ms. Patricia H. Falls Executive Vice President Firstline Safety Management, Inc. P.O. Box 230 Lovettsville, VA 22080

Dear Ms. Falls:

This is in response to your June 27 letter regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for the storage of diesel fuel and kerosene at construction sites. I apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry.

For purposes of paragraph 29 CFR 1926.152(a)(1), flammable liquid is defined by 1926.155(h) as any liquid having a flash point below 140 degrees F and having a vapor pressure not exceeding 40 pounds per square inch at 100 degrees F. The common grades of diesel fuel have flash points below 140 degrees F and, therefore, diesel fuel is considered a flammable liquid and is required to be in safety cans. Kerosene has a flash point of 150 degrees F and would not be required to be stored in safety cans.

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact me (Ext. 150) or Mr. Dale Cavanaugh (Ext. 149) of my staff at (202) 219-8136.


Roy F. Gurnham, P.E., J.D. Director Office of Construction and Maritime Compliance Assistance

June 27, 1994

Office of Construction and

Maritime Compliance Assistance U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room N 3610 Washington, D.C. 20210

Attention: Roy Gurnham

Reference: Safety Cans

Dear Mr. Gurnham:

Are diesel fuel and kerosene required to be in safety cans? Thank you for your prompt response to this question.


Firstline Safety Management, Inc. Patricia H. Falls Executive Vice President