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On behalf of all of us at MTA, we hope you are safe, healthy, and navigating these challenging times as best as possible.

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MTA Safety Team's Weekly Update

The MTA Safety Team meets every Friday, and this section will be updated weekly after their meeting. Click on a date below to review the update from that week.

Safety Update 5/13/2020

hand with burns

What happened #1?

An individual used an alcohol-based hand gel sanitizer per the current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene requirements.  After application, but before the liquid sanitizer had fully evaporated and dried, the individual touched a metal surface where a build-up of the static created an ignition source and the sanitizer 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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What happened #2?

“An employee parked the truck and locked the vehicle. After about 30 minutes, the employee noticed something wrong with the truck, as they noticed the glass with a change in its appearance. As the individual approached, they noticed that there had been a fire at the driver’s door, in the same place where there was a container of alcohol hand sanitizer (about 250ml) that was on the door. The fire department was called, but the fire extinguished itself, probably due to the absence of oxygen in the environment.”  

Corrective actions and recommendations.
Hand sanitizer gels contain high concentrations of alcohol, up to 63% and are classified as Class I Flammable Liquid substance so when storing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, fire hazard potential should be considered, and steps should be taken to minimize risks.

  • The first option should be to use soap and water and only use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • When using the alcohol-based hand gel sanitizers read the product label or SDS and only use the amount recommended by the manufacturer, normally an amount the size of a dime. 
  • Ensure the gel completely rubbed into your skin and is given a suitable time to fully dry/evaporate without wiping (approximately 20 seconds).
  • Avoid touching any surface until the gel has fully dried. Any form of ignition source or heat has the potential to cause the same issues as experienced by the individual.
  • Children should not be allowed to use or access hand sanitizer unless properly supervised by an adult.

When stored properly and used as directed, the likelihood of experiencing a fire associated with hand sanitizer is minimal. However, as with any flammable liquid, it is necessary to exercise caution with hand sanitizer.

  • If alcohol-based hand sanitizer is spilled or otherwise released, all potential ignition sources must be immediately removed from the area to mitigate the possibility of a fire.
  • Spilled hand sanitizer should be cleaned up with water immediately.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be stored away from all heat and ignition sources, including (but not limited to) sparks; open flames; any types of electrical outlets, switches, or equipment; and extreme heat.
  • Hand sanitizer products should not be allowed to come in contact with any type of oxidizing agent (such as acetyl chloride) or reducing agent.
  • Never leave hand sanitizer in any environment which can see elevated temperatures, such as inside a vehicle, for extended periods of time. This becomes increasingly important as the temperature outside continues to rise.

**Please note neither of these incidents occurred at a member company.  They were taken from recent news events.**

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