that safety is incorporated into all aspect of chemical related
In addition to the above, regular fire drills
should be conducted to train and familiarize personnel on
actions to be taken should a fire hazard occur.
The danger from fire is the single most dangerous hazard that
laboratory personnel must face in their daily activities.
Laboratory personnel must be aware of potential ignition sources
and take necessary precautions to avoid uncontrolled combustion.
of combustible materials and supplies to control formation of
flammable vapors. The following are some common but very useful
methods that can be used to prevent and control fire in the
Never leave an open flame or heating element unattended
while it is in use.
c. Keep flammable products away from sources of heat, such as
electrical switches, open flames, electric motors, and even
d. Move flammable debris away from hazardous areas as soon as
Set hot liquids aside to cool before discarding.
Keep oily rags in metal, airtight, closed containers.
Isolate highly reactive chemicals (oxidizers
isolated from flammable and corrosive materials).
Never discard organic products, hot or cold in sinks or
Ventilate laboratory and
accumulation of flammable vapors.
Check electrical wiring and equipment for loose, frayed,
and defective connections or insulation; do not overload