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IRIC safety alert

Information Message - IM/2020/008

Published on 30 April 2020

From: Health Facilities Scotland

IM/2020/008 - Alcohol based hand rubs - risk of fire



IRIC is drawing attention to an incident in which someone used alcohol-based hand rub to clean their hands. However they did not dry their hands properly and an electrostatic discharge ignited residual alcohol vapour when they touched a metal surface. This resulted in a near-invisible flame on both hands which caused first and second degree burns