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Management of inflammable goods

Legislation: Act on Inflammable and Explosive Goods

This law regulates the management of inflammable and explosive goods and states that anyone handling, transferring or importing inflammable or explosive goods must take the necessary measures and care to prevent, avoid and limit accidents, injury and damage.

Permit to handle inflammable gases and liquids

A permit is necessary to handle inflammable goods if the total amount is in excess of a certain level. In 2005, the University Hospital was granted a general permit for the entire organisation that also covered operations on Campus US. Other campuses are responsible for ensuring that permits for their operations are in place.
Operations that deal with amounts of goods requiring a permit must appoint an Inflammable Material Manager. Operations must report the amount of inflammable material stored to KLARA, the chemical management system.

County Council guidelines for management of inflammable goods

Within County Council operations, all handling of inflammable goods must be carried out in accordance with County Council guidelines for management of inflammable goods.

Concepts and terms for inflammable goods

Inflammable goods are divided into inflammable gases, inflammable liquids and fire-sensitive goods.
Inflammable gases are gases which, when combined with air, form a combustible mixture at 20°C.
Inflammable liquids are liquids with a maximum flashpoint of 100°C.
The flashpoint is the liquid temperature when inflammable liquid emits a combustible fume-air mixture.
Inflammable liquids are classified as concerns flashpoint according to the table below:
 

Class Flashpoint area (tfp)
1 tfp < 21oC
2a 21oC < tfp < 30oC
2b 30oC < tfp < 55oC
3 55oC < tfp < 100oC

 

 

Fire-sensitive goods are either inflammable fixed goods, spontaneously igniting goods, goods that develop inflammable gases in contact with water, oxidising goods or organic peroxides.

Perchloric Acid

For working with perchloric acid, please refer to General Advice on Perchloric Acid (SÄI 1983:1).

Regulations for managing inflammable goods

Inflammable goods in laboratories must be managed in accordance with
BEX-INFO Information Sheet No 1 2005 (can also be downloaded from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency website).

According to this infosheet:

  • Inflammable liquids may not be stored together with inflammable gas or easily combustible material.
  • The amount of inflammable goods kept out on benches etc. must be as limited as possible. The amount necessary for a day's work is acceptable which usually means a maximum of 10 litres of gas and 10 litres of liquid.
  • Inflammable liquids up to 50 litres may be stored in a ventilated cupboard in laboratory premises.
  • Larger amounts must always be stored in a special storage facility in accordance with regulations in SÄIFS 2000:2 or in cupboards that provide the equivalent protection.
  • In evacuation routes such as corridors, no inflammable goods may be stored or even parked on a temporary basis.

Explosive precursors

Regulations on explosive precursors are described under the headline Permits, reporting and limitations in the section Management of chemicals. Examples of explosive precursors are nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, sulphuric acid, acetone and ammonium nitrate.

Guidance

On the website of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency there is information on the regulations , as wells as guidelines, that apply within the fire prevention field (in Swedish).  

In KLARA (chemical handling system) there is information on chemical products and safety datasheets that can be downloaded. There are also risk assessment templates. 

Flammable goods in laboratories must be handled in accordance with this  information from Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (in Swedish).

 

Contact

Campus US and VIN

Fire Safety Coordinator  - LiU
Marcus Lundgren  +46 13-28 2521

 

Security Manager - LiU
Annevi Fredäng  +46 13 - 28 2340


 

Coordinator Fire Safety - Region Östergötland
Esa Haapamäki

+46 10-103 83 36, +46 73-061 24 69
 

Security Coordinator - Region Östergötland
Helen Carling +46 10-10 30 410

 

Other Campuses

Fire Safety Coordinator  - LiU
Marcus Lundgren  +46 13-28 2521

 

Security Manager - LiU
Annevi Fredäng +46 13 - 28 2340

 

Region Östergötland

Coordinator Fire Safety - Region Östergötland
Esa Haapamäki

+46 10-103 83 36, +46 73-061 24 69

 

Security Coordinator - Region Östergötland
Helen Carling +46 10-10 30 410

 

 

 


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Last updated: 2021-03-02