The Hazards of Making Hand Sanitiser
DEKRA Process Safety North America warns of the dangers in retooling operations to make hand sanitisers.
DEKRA North America Warns of Hazards of making Hand Sanitiser. According to recent news media reports, many food and beverage companies are eager to help the COVID-19 medical supply effort by retooling their operations to make hand sanitisers. Firms may be unknowingly creating a situation where they are putting the lives of their workers and emergency responders at risk.
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation to prevent the build-up of vapors which can lead to a potential fire or explosion.
- Manage ignition sources properly, such as ensuring that all electrical wiring and instrumentation meets the electrical (hazardous area) classification for the use of flammable liquids. This often means replacing instrumentation and motors with those designed to proper standards.
- Store product in approved areas in the proper containers, and verify activities meet the occupancy permit requirements as approved by local fire authorities. This often means not storing flammable liquids in large plastic containers (totes and drums) and limiting the volume stored.