• Guide

Safe Storage and Disposal of Combustible Materials

Safe Storage and Disposal of Combustible Materials

Proper disposal of rubbish and waste materials helps prevent fires and costly employee accidents.

Safe metal containers for waste, wiping rags and oily materials will prevent fires. Oily rags, waste, sawdust and clothing are subject to spontaneous ignition and are highly dangerous. Materials of this type should be placed in safe metal containers as shown.

Waste materials should be removed from the building at the close of each day or they should be kept in fire resistive rooms.

Safe storage for combustible packing materials

Loose fibers, shredded paper, excelsior, foam plastics and other packing materials should be stored in “Safety Bins.” Safety Storage Bins should be provided with automatic closing covers.

General outdoor housekeeping

• Keep waste and rubbish a safe distance from buildings.

• Outside containers should be located a safe distance from buildings and air intake systems. Containers should be covered and the area should be inspected on a regular basis to prevent any accumulation of rubbish.

• Places near and under loading platforms, areaways, window wells and electrical panels or transformers should be checked frequently and rubbish accumulations should be removed immediately.

• “Good housekeeping” is a full time job. Good housekeeping practices reduce accidents and contribute to profit.