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Safety Information Profile Hazards of Flammable and Combustible Liquids Stored In Plastic Containers.
NIOSH 1981 Jun:11 pages
The use of plastic containers for the storage of flammable and combustible liquids is profiled and the potential hazards are described. The general characteristics of polyethylene (9002884) containers are discussed, and the development of standards and specifications for plastic containers is outlined. Current Department of Transportation specifications and tests for polyethylene container are reviewed, and laboratory studies of mechanical properties leading to the failure of polyethylene are cited. The permeation properties of polyethylene are described. The authors conclude that the increasing use of plastic containers and the deficiencies in existing regulations indicate the need for further study in this area.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-80-0042; Plastics; Standards; Storage-containers;
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia, 11 pages, 7 references
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division