Alcohol-based hand sanitiser warning

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 10:42

As part of PSS and Industry Chief Executive priorities for the sector, “Early Information Sharing” is aimed at proactively preventing incidents among members. These are good opportunities for PSS members to proactively review/modify safety control measures and is a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.

The following Safety Alert has been shared by the UK Chamber of Shipping, received from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), to raise awareness on the correct use of the Alcohol-based hand sanitiser as per the current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene requirements, the full details attached.

This report is in relation to a Company customer with an employee who used alcohol-based hand gel sanitiser, as per the current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene requirements.
After application, but before the liquid sanitiser had fully evaporated and dried, the individual touched a metal surface where a build-up of static created an ignition source and the sanitiser ignited, resulting in an almost invisible flame on both hands.
The individual managed to extinguish the flames but was left with first and second degree burns

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