The BASCO Advisor Says...

Guard Against a “Preventable Disaster”

Justrite Oval Polyethylene Safety Cans 7250120

Choose proper protection for your flammable liquids- get  the right safety cans based on the tasks to be done, the amount to be transferred or contained, and which hazardous or flammable liquids you have in your workplace. Determine whether coated steel cans or plastic cans are right for you.

Careless handling of flammable liquids causes countless disasters in plants and warehouses.

You can help prevent disasters from happening – keep a supply of safety cans and incorporate their proper and consistent use into your safety procedures.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have extensive regulations regarding the storing, handling, and transferring of flammable liquids. Those regulations require you to use “approved” safety containers.

Here is the type of situation you need to guard against:

 A flammable liquid needs to be transferred. There’s not a safety can around, so the liquid gets poured into a tin can. Then the can is accidentally kicked over - the scene has been set for a dangerous fire.

Why is this so important? 

First,  it's the law. Moreover, it's just good business to control dangerous vapors in the workplace. Open, unapproved containers are bad because a spark or flame can easily ignite vapors. Also, in the event of a fire, liquid in any container will heat up and vaporize. The pressure build-up can rupture or explode an ordinary closed container, spilling the flammable liquid right into the fire and making a bad situation much worse.

What's an approved safety container?

 It's a specially designed and ruggedly built container that has built-in features to prevent vapor and liquid loss and to prevent the ignition of the product by external sparks or flames. An approved safety container allows vapors to escape in a fire, but it prevents flames and sparks from "flashing back" into the container. They're built to be much tougher than ordinary containers, so they resist rust and can withstand dropping and rough handling. The approval comes from Factory Mutual, Underwriters Laboratories, and/or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada. If those organization approve, NFPA and OSHA are in agreement.

How Does It Work?

The flame arrester in an approved safety container is a perforated metal or mesh screen. When a spark or flame reaches it, the arrester dissipates the heat of the spark or flame and prevents it from going further into the container. Any vapor that's leaving the container will burn, but that's all. Approved safety containers also have automatic pressure relief, so there's no danger of rupture or explosion, and vacuum relief to eliminate "chugging" or splashing as you pour.

What do you need?

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It depends on what type of liquids you use, and how and where you use them.

  • For storing and transporting liquids, use a Type I can, like our Model 7150100. The large single opening means you can fill and empty the can quickly
  • For transferring liquid into smaller containers, use a Type II can, like Model 7250120 (shown right). The flexible metal hose lets you get into small openings without spills and drips.
  • Oval laboratory cans, like Model 14160 (shown on top) make the most efficient use of shelf space. 

Which Should You Choose: Metal or Plastic?

  • Coated Steel is best for petroleum-based liquids where purity is not very critical. They are 24 gauge steel, with soldered double seams and welded side seam. The high gloss Super Powder Coat finish resists solvents, acids and alkalis, as well as rust - keeps your containers looking new and working great for years.
  • Polyethylene is the ultimate answer to the corrosion and rough handling that can knock a steel container out of service. High density polyethylene resists virtually all corrosive liquids, and naturally resists dents, punctures, and abrasion. The color is molded in so it won't ever chip or fade. Special built-in electrical bonding allows for static draining.

Need help choosing the right safety cans? 

Our in-house sales team has studied with the experts from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) who have hundreds of pages of regulations about storing, handling, and transferring flammable liquids. (We’ve studied them, so you don’t have to!) Those regulations require you to use “approved” safety containers. 

Questions? We have a highly trained and courteous team of Customer Service Experts ready to help answer all your questions. Contact them at 1.800.776.3786, or email us here.