Hazardous Locations and the Fire Triangle
No matter the size or scale of your business, if you work with or produce volatile and flammable compounds, materials, chemicals, gases or vapors, you are required by federal and local regulations to protect against the possibility of ignitions, fires and explosions. Whether it’s a small car painting business or a full scale petrochemical processing plant, the dangers are the same; flammable compounds, particularly gases and vapors, hold the potential to create intense explosions and fires that can easily result in major damages, serious injuries, and fatalities. There are all too many well recorded incidents where something as simple and innocuous appearing as a backyard auto painting operation turned into a serious accident, simply because the operators did not adhere to the most basic rules of safety when working with flammable materials. On a larger scale, it is a simple matter to peruse a few headlines and find several examples where not only were major explosions and damages to commercial operations took place, but damages and deaths involving unrelated properties and civilians outside the actual work area as well.