Picture This! When You Want a Smoke, You Want a Smoke

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: August 10th, 2016
Topics: Airborne Contaminants | Confined Spaces | Discipline | Materials Handling & Storage |


People will smoke in curious places, but this photograph of a large ashtray placed within a few feet of multiple propane tanks suggests that many workers either can’t read the no-smoking signs or don’t realize that they could get smoked if a tank began leaking gas vapors that contacted the ignition sources hanging off the ends of their fingers. (Naval Safety Center)

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  • Here is another photograph of a worker lighting up right next to a huge propane tank.
  • Employers need to train employees on workplace fire hazards, including that of smoking in unsafe places. Read this article for more information.

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  • This safety talk discusses the need for smokers to be careful where they light up. Share it with your workers.
  • Here is another safety talk which discusses confined space hazards, one of which involves smoking.
  • Heather Crowe was a non-smoking waitress who developed lung cancer after decades of exposure to cigarette smoke on the job. Read this article about Heather, who was instrumental in having Canadian provinces and territories institute workplace smoking bans before her death.