• Absorbent Training Part 6: Spontaneous Combustion
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel, CSP, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 22 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 100 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She also serves on the Blair County, Pa., LEPC and has completed a variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, DOT and NIMS courses, including Planning Section Chief. She has conducted seminars at national conferences and webinars for ASSE and other national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenea@newpig.com.

  • Tom Winkelsays:
    02/13/2015 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Is it necessary to have a steel closed lid container just for a few grease and oil rags around a typical work shop? And aren’t they supposed to be disposed of daily anyway according to OSHA?

    • Jensays:
      02/13/2015 at 4:14 pm Reply

      Tom, you are correct that for certain operations, OSHA requires disposal happen at the end of each shift. Dipping and coating may or may not pertain to your operation directly, but here is one example:

      OSHA 29 CFR 1910.125(e)(4)(ii&iii):
      Rags and other material contaminated with liquids from dipping or coating operations are placed in approved waste cans immediately after use; and waste can contents are properly disposed of at the end of each shift

      It is definitely possible that even for a small amount of oily and greasy rags, that a closed container might be a requirement. Here are a couple more OSHA examples:

      OSHA 29 CFR 1926.252(e):
      (e) All solvent waste, oily rags, and flammable liquids shall be kept in fire resistant covered containers until removed from worksite.
      OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106(e)(9)(iii):
      Waste and residue.
      Combustible waste material and residues in a building or unit operating area shall be kept
      to a minimum, stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily.

      With more specifics on your situation we can give you better guidance. This would include calling in the help of our partners at Aarcher Environmental if needed. We offer this service to our customers at no charge because so many situations require some one-on-one consultation to get the right solutions and process in place. You can always email us more details at hothogs@newpig.com. If you just want to be on the safe side, we of course offer an entire line of latching container lids to help comply with closed container regs.

  • roy milessays:
    05/23/2018 at 4:34 pm Reply

    I have a farm tractor that is leaking hydraulic fluid onto a concrete floor and I have been spreading a layer of sawdust to absorb it and retard spreading. Years ago I learned about linseed oil but would like to know it this oil has the potential to ignite.

    • Karensays:
      05/25/2018 at 11:57 am Reply

      Hi Roy,

      Thanks for your question.

      It’s fairly common for farm equipment to leak, and it’s great to hear that you’re taking some steps to keep the oil contained. We do offer some bioremediation and cleaning chemicals that can help remove residual stains on concrete, as well as a full line of absorbent mats that will help keep future oil leaks in check without the hassle of cleaning up the sawdust afterwards.

      As for the linseed oil, when it is mixed into other materials, such as sawdust or cat litter, it does have the potential to spontaneously combust. This is also true of linseed oil-soaked rags left in a heap. To help prevent this, any materials that have been used to apply or absorb linseed oil should be kept in a tightly closed container with limited airspace or spread in a very thin layer to dry out completely.

      I hope that helps. We’ll be happy to reply to any follow-ups or other questions.

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