Proper Handling and Storage of Gasoline

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Proper Handling and Storage
of Gasoline

According to an overview of national gasoline usage from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline accounts for 59% of all energy consumption in the transportation sector in the U.S. In other words, commercial transportation and shipping would—at present—be nearly impossible without the widespread use of gasoline.

In addition to transportation, gasoline is also an essential component in many industrial, commercial, and manufacturing facilities. Gasoline is commonly used to power a wide range of industrial equipment such as generators, forklifts, pumps, and more. Because gasoline is so widely used in so many industries, it is imperative that facilities understand the proper storage guidelines for gasoline and utilize equipment that is designed to minimize the risk of combustion or injury.

Eagle is the industry leader in flammable and combustible safety equipment for industrial, commercial, and public facilities. Our gasoline storage equipment will help facilities safely handle and store gasoline in a variety of working contexts. To help you find the gasoline storage equipment that is right for you, here is an overview of the regulatory requirements for gasoline as well and a look at the equipment designed to store gasoline safely.

Flammable Liquid Storage Requirements

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), facilities must store flammable and combustible liquids in such a way as to minimize the risk of fire or injury. In industrial and commercial facilities, there are a variety of potential ignition sources—including open flames, metal shavings, and sparks created by tools—that could ignite flammable liquids, including gasoline.

OSHA general industry standard 1910.106(a)(29) and construction industry-standard 1926.152(a)(1) require facilities to take precautions in order to keep flammable and combustible liquids away from potential ignition sources. Safety cans and flammable liquid safety cabinets from Eagle are specifically designed to satisfy OSHA standards and NFPA code 30 requirements. Storing dangerous liquids in approved containers will reduce the risk of injury and help facilities comply with industry safety standards.

Classification of Flammable Liquids

According to the NFPA, there are three classes of flammable and combustible liquids. The NFPA identifies a flammable liquid as any liquid that has a flashpoint of below 100°F (38°C) and a vapor pressure that does not exceed 100 °F (38°C). A combustible liquid is any liquid with a flashpoint that exceeds 100 °F (38°C).

A Class I flammable liquid technically refers to a flammable liquid, while Classes II and III refer to combustible liquids. 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 single safety cabinet, and no more than three safety cabinets may be stored in a single facility. Gasoline has a flashpoint below 100 °F (38°C) and is therefore considered a Class I flammable liquid.

Approved Storage Containers for Gasoline

Flammable Liquids Safety Cabinets

Flammable liquid safety cabinets from Eagle are designed to store flammable and combustible liquids safely. These cabinets feature an 18-gauge steel construction with manual or self-closing doors. Flammable liquid safety cabinets also incorporate steel shelves that are supported by individual brackets and can hold up to 350 pounds.

The four adjustable legs and continuous piano hinges make these cabinets ideal for any industrial application. Cabinets from Eagle are FM-approved, and most include a ten-year warranty in order to provide the highest level of performance.

Type 1 Safety Cans

Eagle safety cans are known for their high-quality design. Type I safety can feature a single opening for dispensing or filling liquids. The baked-on powder coat finish is available in a variety of colors in order to help personnel distinguish between liquids. Type I cans also feature a spring-closing lid that will help prevent ignition.

The neoprene gasket on these cans is designed to allow automatic venting when the internal pressure reaches 5 psi. Eagle safety cans are designed to satisfy OSHA and NFPA code 30 requirements and are UL, ULC, and FM approved for the safe storage of gasoline.

Type 2 Safety Cans

Type II safety cans from Eagle are manufactured with one opening for filling and an additional opening for dispensing flammable liquids. Type II cans are designed to help control vapors in order to mitigate the risk of fire. These cans also feature a flexible spout that will facilitate easier pouring, and the built-in flame arresters provide flashback protection.

Type 2 DOT Safety Cans

Eagle Type II DOT approved safety cans are specifically engineered to meet strict regulations for over-the-road transportation of gasoline in vehicles. Not only do the cans help reduce the risk of fire or explosion while in transport, they also reduce that risk during dispensing operations. DOT cans feature heavy-duty roll bars to protect both spouts, while a thumb-screw mechanism prevents the filler from opening in transport.

Find the Gasoline Storage Option that is Right for You

Eagle is the industry leader in workplace safety equipment. We supply facilities all over the world with the equipment they need to safely handle and store flammable and combustible liquids in accordance with regulatory requirements. Flammable and combustible liquid storage and handling equipment from Eagle will help personnel in your facility safely transfer and dispense gasoline.

Whether you are looking for a flammable liquid safety cabinet or a safety can to handle and store gasoline, or you need flammable liquid safety equipment for other combustible liquids, Eagle has the equipment you need. Take a look at our inventory of flammable and combustible liquid storage products and find the safety solutions that are right for you.

This guide for the proper storage and handling of chemicals from Eagle is intended for reference only. It is not a substitute for the user clearly understanding the nature and proper application of flammable liquids and the laws regulating their use.

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