Proper Handling and Storage of Acetone

According to a compound summary from the National Institute of Health (NIH), acetone is a flammable solvent that is commonly used to manufacture plastics, fibers, and other chemicals, including some pharmaceuticals. It is widely used because it can easily mix with water and evaporates quickly in the air. Acetone is used in a variety of food manufacturing plants to wash and sterilize surfaces and in the textile industry for degreasing wool and degumming silk.

It is also seen in a wide range of consumer goods, including adhesives, automotive products, cleaning products, nail polish remover, lubricants, and more. It is frequently incorporated in solvent systems or “blends,” used to make lacquers for automotive and furniture finishes as it may reduce the viscosity, or thickness, of lacquer solutions.

Because of the widespread use of acetone in many industrial and commercial operations, it is imperative that facilities take steps to protect personnel and assets from harm. Storage and handling equipment designed to safely contain acetone will help prevent injuries and incidents and enable facilities to comply with regulatory requirements.

Eagle is the industry leader in flammable and combustible safety equipment for industrial, commercial, and public facilities.  Safety equipment designed to facilitate the safe storage and handling of turpentine and other flammable liquids is essential for protecting workers and maintaining regulatory compliance in a variety of working contexts. To help you find the safety solutions that are right for you, here is an overview of the regulatory requirements regarding acetone  and the safety equipment from Eagle designed to provide safe handling and storage.

Flammable Storage Requirements for Acetone

If acetone is improperly stored in an open container or near an ignition source, the results could be disastrous. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), facilities that utilize chemicals like acetone are required to implement safety measures that will minimize the risk of facility fires and injuries.

OSHA general industry standard 1910.106(a)(29) and construction industry-standard 1926.152(a)(1) specifically require facilities to secure flammable and combustible  liquids in approved storage containers in order to prevent liquids from coming into contact with ignition sources. Flammable and combustible liquid storage cabinets and safety cans from Eagle are designed to comply with OSHA standards and NFPA code 30 requirements. Implementing these storage and handling products can significantly reduce the risk of fires, injuries, and property damage and enable facilities to achieve regulatory compliance.

Classification of Flammable Liquids

Flammable and combustible liquids are classified according to their relative flashpoints—or the lowest temperature that produces vapors. According to the NFPA, there are three classes of flammable liquids. Class I liquids are considered flammable liquids, while Classes II and III are considered combustible liquids.

A chemical or liquid with a flashpoint that is below 100 °F (38°C) is considered to be a flammable liquid. If a liquid has a flashpoint that exceeds 100 °F (38°C), then it is considered to be a combustible liquid. According to OSHA general industry standard 1910.106(d)(3)(i) and construction industry-standard 1926.152(b)(3), no more than 60 gallons of a flammable liquid may be stored in a safety cabinet, and no more than three cabinets can be kept in a given facility or building. Because acetone has a flashpoint that is below 100 °F (38°C), it is considered to be a Class IA flammable liquid.

Approved Storage Solutions for Acetone

Safety Cabinets

Flammable and combustible liquid storage safety cabinets from Eagle are designed to safely store a variety of flammable and combustible liquids in industrial and commercial facilities in accordance with regulatory requirements. These cabinets feature a reinforced double-wall, 18-gauge steel construction that will segregate flammable and combustible liquids from potential ignition sources.

All safety cabinets from Eagle incorporate four adjustable leveling legs, continuous piano hinges, ground connection, triangular warning labels, and internal vents. Flammable and combustible liquid cabinets are also available with self-closing or manual close doors. The self-latching doors are designed to secure contents for maximum storage protection in the event of a fire. The patented adjustable shelves are supported by individual brackets and can hold up to 350 pounds and designed to direct spills to the back and bottom of the leak proof sump—ensuring that no chemicals can escape from containment. Cabinets from Eagle are FM-approved, and most include a 10-year warranty, which ensures they meet the highest standards in safety, performance, and loss prevention. 

Type I Safety Cans

Eagle safety cans are known for their high-quality design. Type I safety cans feature a single opening for dispensing or filling liquids. These cans are constructed of 24-gauge hot-dipped galvanized steel with an environmentally sustainable baked-on powder coat finish for maximum durability and chemical resistance. The finish is available in a variety of colors in order to help personnel distinguish between liquids. Acetone is Class IA flammable liquid, so it would be stored in a red safety can.

The spring-closing lid and neoprene gasket on these cans enables them to vent at five psi of internal pressure automatically. Safety cans from Eagle also incorporate a non-sparking flame arrestor that offers flashback protection for the user. These cans are designed to satisfy OSHA and NFPA code 30 requirements and are also UL, ULC, and FM approved for the safe handling and storage of acetone and other flammable and combustible liquids. Eagle Type I safety cans are the only safety cans on the market that feature a deep-drawn, seamless quality construction. 

Type II Safety Cans

Type II safety cans feature two openings—one for filling and one for dispensing liquids. The Type II cans also incorporate a flexible metal spout that reduces the potential for ignition and provides great accuracy when pouring. These cans feature the same durable construction as Type I cans and are approved for the safe handling and storage of a variety of flammable and combustible liquids. Type II cans are available in a variety of sizes, including 1-, 2.5- and 5-gallon options.

Find the Acetone Storage Equipment that is Right for You

Whether you need a uniquely designed flammable and combustible  liquid safety cabinet to store dangerous liquids or a safety can to facilitate transportation and dispensing, Eagle has the safety equipment you need to keep your facilities and personnel safe.  Take a look at our selection of flammable and combustible liquid safety products and find the equipment and safety solutions that are right for you and your facility.

Eagle also offers a wide range of safety solutions that are ideal for use in a variety of industrial and commercial operations, including spill containment and material handling products. View our selection of workplace safety equipment and find the products that work best for your needs.

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