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Paint and Gasoline Storage

Last post 08-01-2006, 12:57 PM by Safety_Dave. 4 replies.
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  •  07-25-2006, 4:33 PM 504

    emplay is not online. Last active: 04-11-2008, 3:11 PM emplay



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  • Paint and Gasoline Storage

    Can I store aerosol paint cans and portable gasoline containers in the same flammable storage cabinet? Someone here is saying "no," but I don't see any prohibition in OSHA's rules.

    Thanks!

    Emily 

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  • Re: Paint and Gasoline Storage

    Why are they saying no?  They may not want to store gasoline and paint in the same cabinet for some reason.  Unless there's some really odd incompatibility between the paint and gas, I can't think of any reason why they couldn't be stored together.

    BTW, you should ground your flammable storage cabinet to prevent against static discharge.  This is good practice.

    Dave McGill, CIH, CSP

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  • Re: Paint and Gasoline Storage

    I'm not aware of any incompatibility issue either, which is why I went to the regs and then came here. My sense of this initially was that it was hearsay and probably not accurate, but I always like confirmation. You can never be too careful.

    Thanks for the help!

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  • Re: Paint and Gasoline Storage

    1910.101(b):

    "Compressed gases." The in-plant handling, storage, and utilization of all compressed gases in cylinders, portable tanks, rail tankcars, or motor vehicle cargo tanks shall be in accordance with Compressed Gas Association (CGA) Pamphlet P-1-1965, which is incorporated by reference as specified in Sec. 1910.6.

    The CGA pamphlet states that cylinders containing compressed flammable gases are not to be “stored near highly flammable solvents, combustible waste material, and similar substances.”  You could question if gasoline is a highly flammable solvent.  I'd say yes, it can be used as a solvent and gasoline has a flashpoint of -40°C (-40°F) and is thus a Class I flammable liquid.  Since the pamphlet is incorporated by reference, OSHA can cite you for storing compressed flammable gases near highly flammable solvents.

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  • Re: Paint and Gasoline Storage

    I'm not sure that an aerosol can of paint is included in the scope of 1910.101(b).  Here's why.  1910.101(c) says that compressed gas cylinders must have pressure relief valves.  You don't see pressure relief valves on aerosol paint cans.

    If an OSHA inspector were to cite me for storing aerosol paint cans in a flammable storage cabinet beside a flammable liquid, I'd fight it.  Had an OSHA inspector tell me once that he only needs to be 51% correct.  I told him that therefore, I only need to argue 2%.

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