What is the difference between Flammable and Combustible?
The terms ‘flammable’ and ‘combustible’ are used as if they mean the same thing. However, this is not true, especially when considering the classification of materials. There are several key differences between the two workers must understand in order to ensure the highest level of safety.
The main difference between flammability and combustibility is the flashpoint. Flammable materials have flashpoints below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while combustible materials have flashpoints above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and below 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Clearly, flammable materials have a low flashpoint, while combustible materials are much higher. However, the range for combustible materials is very wide.
Keeping the flashpoints in mind, flammable materials are much more dangerous to work with as opposed to combustible materials. However, combustible materials, while they do burn at above working temperatures, are still a hazard.
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