OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 10 Fire and Explosion Hazards

Section 164 Contaminated clothing and skin

Clothing contaminated with a flammable or combustible substance can be dangerous to the wearer. A spark, open flame, or other ignition source can easily ignite the clothing. A person wearing contaminated clothing must avoid any activity where a spark may be created. Contaminated clothing must be removed at the earliest possible time. Even flame resistant fabrics may burn if soaked with a flammable or combustible substance.

Flammable and combustible substances are often harmful to the skin. These substances can remove the natural layer of protective oil from a person’s skin, resulting in dry, cracked skin. This skin condition is known as dermatitis.