Chemstore, The Hazardous Materials Expert, is encouraging businesses large and small to review their corrosive storage requirements to ensure that they are keeping staff and members of the public safe and Chemstore has created a corrosives storage checklist to help.
The advice comes in light of an increasing number of public acid attacks which serve as a reminder of the devastating impact corrosive substances can have on human health.
Corrosives and their vapours can cause devastating damage to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and digestive tract
As news reports have highlighted, corrosives and their vapours can cause devastating damage to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and digestive tract and some corrosives can even eat through metal. Controlling access to these substances and storing them correctly in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 is therefore essential but Chemstore finds it is a hazard that is easily overlooked, often because people don’t realise they are dealing with corrosive substances in the first place.
Mike Brodie, Chemstore UK managing director explains: “There is a common myth, as quoted by the HSE in its brief guide to COSHH, that companies don’t think they have any hazardous substances in their workplace when on closer inspection this is rarely the case.
People think that because they have been supplied with a substance it must be safe but this is simply not true
“There is an increasing drive to control public access to corrosives with retailers becoming more vigilant and measures such as banning cash purchases of acid being proposed but there has been less attention given to the fact that corrosive substances are still easily ac-cessible in many workplaces. Consequently we are urging companies to consider whether this is an area that needs review.”
Mike adds: “Another common myth is that people think that because they have been supplied with a substance it must be safe. This is simply not true yet this attitude means that many companies and consequently workers remain oblivious to the hazards of some of the substances they work with. At the most extreme we have seen hydrofluoric acid ,which is used for glass etching, metal cleaning and electronics manufacturing and can be fatal, stored in boxes on factory floors.”
The good news is that meeting your obligations in this area is often easier than people think. Chemstore has come up with a simple checklist which can be downloaded here to help businesses review their procedures and signpost them in the right direction for further information.
Chemstore is also hosting a Q&A video on some of the most commonly asked questions they receive about handling & storing corrosives so if you have any questions that you would like to see covered, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can also be submitted via the questions section on Chemstore’s website. There is no such thing as a silly question and no question too large or small – Chemstore will try and answer them all. Those asking questions can remain anonymous.
Mat Mitchell spoke to us after receiving a bespoke Firevault – fire rated drum & ibc store on site in the UK .
“After consulting with various suppliers, Chemstore was the only company who could provide us with the required solution” Mat Mitchell Technology Supplies Ltd. –
Fire Rated Stores for: Drums, IBC’s & pallets of flammable materials.
FireVault units are fully modular and can be easily relocated by forkturck or Hi-AB Crane
All Firevault units are delivered to site fully assembled and ready for immediate use with no site work required.
Firevault Multi Pallet Stores feature:
See table below for our range of sizes belowFirevault -Walk In Fire Rated Stores
Walk In Fire Rated Stores Stores
The FireVault storage module provides the highest level of safety instantly for the secure storage of all flammable materials. All areas of industry currently employ flammables in their processes from petroleum products to industrial chemicals.
Manufactured to the highest standards utilising only those fireproofing materials, which have been tested to BS 476, part 22, FireVault Stores comply with all relevant Health & Safety Regulations, Insurance requirements and environmental standards such as IS310, ISO 14001, EMAS and IPC licensing.
Standard features include, full width spillage collection sumps, up to 5 hour fire rated composite wall panels, insulated self-closing doors, intumescent ventilation panels, fixed shelving, anti-static grounding connections, fully welded, leak tested bunds, galvanized grid mesh floors. A range of optional extras are also available for the Firevault units including ex-rated electrical fittings.
All Firevault units are delivered to site fully assembled and ready for immediate use. No special site works are required and at any future time, they can easily be relocated by forklift truck or crane, thereby offering excellent flexibility.
The most common Firevaults are the Walk In Stores used for small container storage (25L cans, Winchesters etc) and feature:
With over 24 years experience in the design manufacture and implementation of safety storage systems for hazardous materials, We know from speaking to our clients that the most prevalent risk has always been in the storage of flammables. What also must be considered is the protection of valuable equipment. The Firevault can employed as a Fire rated critical equipment enclosure. Whether it be the HSE, EPA or even company insurers carrying out assessments on your site it will always be the risk of fire that is given the highest priority. The Firevault enables you to obtain the highest level of safety and protection when storing flammable materials or protecting your most valuable assets on on site.
A very common problem our clients have is maintaining valuable liquids and and process chemicals within the correct temperature range for optimum safety and performance. Temperature Controlled Stores are the solution.
Valuable time is lost in waiting for chemicals to heated to performance temperatures and also product is fouled by exposure to incorrect temperatures.
Chemstore’s temperature controlled stores are stand-alone relocatable, insulated stores which are designed to provide secure, controlled storage for temperature sensitive materials. We offer a full range of sizes together with heating and cooling options. Depending on the hazardous material being stored by harnessing the SDS sheet Chemstore can provide the required storage temperature to alleviate any hazard presented by storing materials on site.
We also offer drum & IBC’s Enclosures designed to heat the contents of standard drums and IBC’s from freezing or ambient to your required processing temperature.
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Chemstore’s range of Gas Cylinder Stores
The GasVault range of stores are specifically designed to provide a safe, ergonomic range of compliant storage solutions for gas cylinders.
The GasVault range addresses the following key safety issues:
Hazvault – Bunded Chemical Stores – Large
Delivered to site fully assembled, Chemstore’s Bunded Chemical Stores provide an immediate solution to the problems encountered in complying with environmental legislation while storing large quantities of drums or IBCs. The Chemstore units are available in a range of size and storage options and can be customized to suit your particular site requirements.
Features of the Hazvault Bunded Chemical Stores
Delivered to site fully assembled, Chemstore’s Hazvault – Hazardous material store provide an immediate solution to the problems encountered in complying with environmental legislation while storing quantities of drums or IBCs or smaller containers. The Hazvault units are available in a range of size and storage options and can be customized to suit your particular site requirements.
“If you cause pollution you will be responsible for the cost of the clean up. This can be expensive particularly if the groundwater has become contaminated” make sure to employ a bunded chemical cabinet
Environment Agency UK.
” Make sure fuel, oil and chemical storage on site is secure. Site the storage on an impervious base within a secondary system such as a bund. The base and bund walls should be impermeable to the material stored and able to contain 110% of the volume stored”
Pollution Prevention Guidelines: Environment Agency UK
Chemstore’s bunded chemical cabinet’s are suitable for the storage of up to four 205 litre drums. Small drum storage cabinets can be modified to allow storage of 25L drums by including a removable middle shelf. If access is required to the top of the 200L drums (for example when pouring waste into drums), a hinging top lid can be included.