An employee used alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene.

After application, but before the liquid sanitizer had fully evaporated and dried, the individual touched a metal surface where a build-up of static created an ignition source. The sanitizer ignited, resulting in an almost invisible flame on both hands. The individual managed to extinguish the flames but was left with 1st and 2nd degree burns.

Ref: International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Alert 314 IOGP Safety. (

There have also been cases where shortly after applying hand sanitizer, the person lit a cigarette and their hands were engulfed in flames.

Handle all materials safely, even those meant to keep you safe!

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