Working with machinery and vehicles means that you will inevitably need to wipe down surfaces or clean your hands a lot, usually with a handy wipe. Leaving wadded up oil soaked rags, cloths or wipes is dangerous and fires caused this way are actually a lot more common than you would think.
But once you have used the wipe/rag then what?
Spontaneous Combustion of Oily Rags
Keeping Safe with Oily Rags
Don’t let oily rags sit too longSaturated oily or solvent rags/wipes should not be sat in one place for too long; this is where oxidisation and heat will increase at a rapid rate. You can dispose or wash the rags at the end of each day.
Wash oily rags thoroughlyIf you are going to be re-using any of the oily rags the best way to ensure that substances have been removed is to put them on a hot wash. Also please remember not to wash different substance soaked rags together, wash them by type (this may mean separating them into different bins).
Safety Protocol with oily ragsIt is important to set out proper guidelines when dealing with saturated rags/wipes, following protocol will ensure that nothing is forgotten and that everything is stored in the appropriate place and manner.
Store oily rags in ventilated areasIf you work in a heated workshop or garage make sure that when placing rags in a bin it is in a well-ventilated area and away from anything that could cause or increase the risk of ignition.
Oily Waste Canoily waste can for solvent/flammable wipes and rags are specifically designed for oily rags and wipes and features a ventilated base which reduces the risk of spontaneous combustion for that extra peace of mind.
Author Bio - Laura Holland
Social Media and Web Content Coordinator, Jan 2014 - May 2015