Someone got his hands burnt when alcohol based hand sanitiser caught fire. The person was using alcohol based hand sanitiser as recommended during the Corona pandemic. The person touched a surface before his hands were completely dry. Due to static electricity, the fumes from the hand sanitiser ignited with an almost invisible flame on both hands. The person quickly managed to get to a sink to extinguish the flames.
Consequence: First and second degree burns!
What were the causes? What went wrong?
The person did not ‘identify all energy sources’ – alcohol based sanitiser is inherently flammable and hence a potentially hazardous source of energy.
Members may wish to refer to:
- Burns suffered in confined space [injured person was not fully aware of the flammable nature of the aerosol contact cleaner he was using.]
- IMCA COVID-19 Information Page
- Guidance on crew management during the COVID-19 outbreak (IMCA HSSE 01/20)
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