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Types of explosive materials commonly found in the workplace

Posted on April 16, 2015 1:48 pm under Fires and Explosions

Every year, explosions account for several cases of debilitating injuries and deaths across many unsafe worksites in the country. Although workers and employers should work hand-in-hand to mitigate explosion risks, some cases of workplace explosion have been a result of the employers’ failure to instill safety measures that ensure workers are safe from any explosion hazard.

Some common materials found in worksites that are highly flammable and may contribute to destructive explosions are:

  • Pyrophoric metals, or those that burn when come in contact with water or air, such as potassium and sodium, matches, gunpowder, and certain types of coals
  • Solvents such as alcohols, acetone, and toluene, gasoline, paint, paint thinners, cleaners, waxes, polishes and degreasers
  • Gases such as butane, propane, acetylene, hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide and natural gas

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