Emptying Inoperable or Used Aerosol Cans

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Bechtel - DOE Contracts, Hanford Waste Treatment Plant - WTP/WTCC (Various Locations)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Chemical Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Waste Management, Compressed Gas/Air, Wellness

When performing a seemingly routine task, lack of complete understanding of the process can contribute to unexpected results. Two workers who were disposing of used aerosol cans from a flammable storage cabinet discovered that even working with a product that is assumed to be safe and innocuous, such as canned air, can potentially present health hazards if not handled and disposed in an approved manner.

NOTE: Additional information on aerosol can precautions can be found in the article titled "Improper Use of Canned-air Products Can Cause Flash Fires and Injury" published: April 01, 2015

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