Danger! Be aware of industrial thermal hazards
Watch for these potential fire starters and have the appropriate safety measures in place.
Workrite Uniform Canada ULC, a flame-resistant clothing manufacturer with sales offices in Edmonton and Mississauga, Ont., recommends paying careful attention to the following common fire starters and implementing the appropriate safety measures:
Flammable liquids and gases. Chemical products, paints, lubricants and petroleum gas are just a few examples of flammable materials found in industrial workplaces. Store them correctly, keep them away from potential ignition sources and always ensure proper ventilation.
Electrical equipment. Ensure electrical equipment is well-maintained and routinely inspected. De-energize equipment before beginning electrical work whenever possible.
Processes requiring heat sources. From welding to using Bunsen burners in a laboratory, a variety of industrial work practices involve heat and flame. Carefully monitor all heat sources and open flames to ensure they remain effectively contained.
Combustible dust. It’s especially common in food, grains, plastics, paper, rubber, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, fossil fuels and power generation industries. Prevent explosions by adhering to diligent housekeeping procedures and conducting regular inspections.
Malfunctioning machinery. If machines aren’t working properly, they can overheat, create sparks from excess friction and/or contribute to electrical hazards. Ensure all machines are used correctly and routinely maintained.