Petrol has the potential to cause horrific injuries, with the victims often being left with severe skin disfigurement. Like any other potentially corrosive substance, it must be treated with great caution. Because petrol is such a commonly used fuel, its presence is widespread in many working environments, from garages to factories. The key aspect of using petrol is to be aware of its hazardous nature. It may seem common sense to stress that a naked flame should never be used anywhere near petrol, but this is one common cause for petrol burns at work.
It is also important to understand the properties of petrol. Just because it is potent as a fuel source does not mean that it can be used as a combustible material in any setting. There have been numerous instances of petrol being applied to bonfires in a misguided attempt to stoke the flames. Due to the extremely volatile nature of the substance, the results of such reckless behaviour can be explosive, and once molten petrol gets into skin it will cause horrendous damage. Anyone working in a garage, surrounded by petrol 24/7, must be trained in the avoidance of petrol leaking.
What safeguards should be taken with petrol?
If petrol burns at work are to be avoided, there are stringent health and safety regulations that have to be maintained. Workers must be kept abreast of every area where there might be a leak of petrol or petrol vapour, such as fuel tanks – even those that are no longer in use. It is the employers’ responsibility for risk assessing the working environment in order to pinpoint all the potentially hazardous areas. No smoking zones must be enforced, and their location kept far removed from any area where there is petrol being stored, or there is machinery that relies on petrol for operation.
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Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown