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Subchapter 15. Petroleum Safety Orders--Refining, Transportation and Handling
Article 5. Fire and Explosions
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§6779. Flammable Waste Gases or Vapors.

(a) Flammable waste gases or vapors liberated to the atmosphere from refining units shall be burned unless the place of liberation, method, or quantity liberated, is such that the gases or vapors will not endanger employees.

(b) Reliable and safe means of remote ignition shall be provided whenever flammable gases or vapors are released to the air through flares.

(c) Flares shall be located so that gases or vapors will be dispersed so as not to create a hazard to employees.

(d) Means shall be provided to prevent the escape of hazardous quantities of gases or vapors from flare installations.

(e) Employees shall not be permitted to enter the area of a flare should the flare become extinguished, and the means of igniting the flare fail to function, until tests have established that the area is free from hazardous quantities of gases or vapors.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of section and new NOTE filed 9-6-94; operative 10-6-94 (Register 94, No. 36).

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