28 April 2020

Safety Alert – Alcohol Based Hand Sanitiser

The following pages of this safety alert were issued by Highways England’s supply chain partner:

Siemens on HS2

Safety Notice – Alcohol Based Hand Sanitiser

Sharing of Lessons Learnt – Incident was not work related: Location: Haugesund

What happened?

A Gassco employee used alcohol based hand sanitiser as recommended during the Corona pandemic. The person touched a metal surface before the liquid evaporated. Due to static electricity, the vapour from the hand sanitiser ignited with an almost invisible flame on both hands. The person quickly managed to get to a sink to extinguish the flames



First and second degree burns, see photo of injury.

Actions taken:

Warning signs indicating flammable liquids are posted on all hand sanitising dispensers at Gassco.



Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water if possible. If only alcohol
based hand sanitisers are available, make sure all liquid is evaporated before touching any


If you have any queries about this safety alert information announcement or any other safety announcement then please contact [email protected]