It is important for employers to take reasonable precautions to protect their employees from the hazards of flammable and explosive materials in the workplace. All substances that can easily ignite and then burn are considered flammable.
In order to ensure that your employees are protected from flammables and explosives in the workplace, you must ensure that all equipment giving off heat and/or sparks must be removed from the proximity of flammables and explosives.
This means that equipment such as a pump, stirrer, hotplate, and any other thing that creates an open flame must be removed from the presence of explosives and flammable. To enhance the safety of the premises, you must consult professionals to install explosion vent panels.
It is also important to ensure proper ventilation which will help in keeping the chemicals from reaching their lowest flammable limits. This in turn has the effect of minimizing vapor from being released and that in turn will help ensure making the workplace a whole lot safer.
When you place dangerous substances in cabinets and the cabinets are vented then it is important to ensure that the vent pipes are equipped with flame arresters. Also, keep the cabinet doors locked and closed, and never store flammables in a lab refrigerator unless the latter is explosion-proof.