That old rusty can in your outdoor shed, basement, or garage is safe enough
to hold gasoline, right?
Today which containers are manufactured to specifically store, dispense, and
transport flammable liquid or fuel are regulated to prevent fire or other
disasters. It’s incumbent for people to understand new Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that require people to now use
“safety cans,” which are designed to protect the safety of users and their
There’s a good reason why hazardous materials regulations are needed:
According to EHS Today, “flammable solvent is a powerful explosive
that careless handling or storage can detonate.” In fact, “1 gallon of
vaporized gasoline can explode with the same force as 20 sticks of
Gas cans, otherwise known as portable fuel containers (PFCs), are
receptacles mean to carry just a small amount of liquid fuel. This is the
can you’ll likely find in the garage or shed since they’re mostly used to
fill snow blowers, golf carts, or lawn mowers. Depending on the can, these
containers can carry between one quart to five gallons or more.
Typically, gas cans, or PFCs, are coded by color to indicate the kind of
fuel inside. They range from red (gasoline), blue (kerosene), yellow (diesel
fuel), and green (oil).
The safer alternative to gas cans or PFCs is the so-called “safety can.”
According to OSHA, a safety can
is defined as
“an approved closed container, of not more than 5 gallons capacity, having a
flash arresting screen, spring-closing lid, and spout cover and so designed
that it will safely relieve internal pressure when subjected to fire
exposure.” Today all cans carrying flammable fluid must follow these
Even among safety cans, there are two sizes: Type I and Type II.
Type I Safety Cans carry a maximum of five gallons and have only one opening
— You pour and fill from the same spout.
Eagle Type I Safety Cans are constructed of 24-gauge, hot-dipped galvanized
steel. Each features a double-interlock, no-weld bottom seam. A baked-on,
powder-coat finish helps to provide additional corrosion resistance. A
spring-closing lid with neoprene gasket helps to vent at 5 psi internal
pressure. A non-sparking flame arrestor and pour spout also helps provide
Type II Safety Cans have two openings — One to pour and one to fill. The
fill opening serves as a vent when pouring.
Eagle Type II Safety Cans are constructed of galvanized steel and help
reduce the danger of explosion while dispensing flammable liquids through a
flexible 12-inch metal spout. Non-sparking flame arrestors are in the filler
opening and pour spout. They are available in red, yellow, blue, and green.
They’re FM, UL and ULC approved and meet OSHA and NFPA Code 30 requirements.
Today, making sure your storage containers are in compliance with all of
OSHA’s regulations is a matter of life or death. You’ll not only protect
yourself, but you are also protecting your workers and your workplace.
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