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Time to review your corrosive substance storage?

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.

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST NOW.

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 georgina@chemstore.co.uk. 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.

Download the corrosives storage checklist here.

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 

  • Option of corrosion resistant plastic coated cladding or vandal proof 2mm welded steel sheeting
  • Construction:  Robust all welded steel framework.
  • Bund/Sump:  Capacity in excess of EPA guidelines.
  • Shelf Heights:  1250mm high as standard (different shelf heights available as required)
  • Floor:  Parallel bar safety racking system or galvanised grid mesh decking for small / loose container storage
  • Access: Twin sliding or hinged lockable doors.
  • Ventilation:  Fully louvred side panels ensure excellent ventilation through the store.
  • Finish: 2 pack polyurethane paint system, wide range on framework (standard colour, blue ral 5017), maintenance free plastisol (PVC) finish on wallls, doors & roof (colour grey ral 7038). wide range of colour options at no extra cost.
  • Signage:  Safety / warning signs fitted as standard.
  • Delivered to site fully assembled
  • Wide range of options
  • Colour matched to corporate livery if required
  • Easily relocated
Temperature Controlled Bunded Drum/IBC Stores

Chemstore’s Temperature Controlled Stores are stand-alone relocateable, 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.

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.

Features:

  • Full range of sizes and temperature ranges.
  • Full technical advice and Design Service: manufactured to customers specific requirements.
  • Fully adjustable. Set temperature band (eg. 0o–60oC) or maximum/minimum allowable temperature.
  • LCD temperature display and printout.
  • High levels of insulation.
  • Audible alarm and beacon.
  • Full operator safety features.
  • Suitable for Indoor or Outdoor location.
  • Delivered to site fully assembled, minimal lead time.
  • Electric or steam heat source.
  • Internal recirculation fan ensures even distribution of heated air.
  • Explosion protected electrical apparatus (suitable for Zone 1 & 2).
  • Fully bunded.
  • Stainless steel or galvanised interior.

 

Corrosive Cabinets

Chemstore Corrosive Cabinets are offered in a complete range of sizes and specifications for the safe storage of aggressive substances in Laboratories, Surgeries & Production areas. Our cabinets are purpose designed non- metallic products using highly chemical resistant materials to offer safe, long life solutions for storing aggressive substances. Suitable for storing Nitric, Sulphuric and Hydrochloric Acid and Phenol. Available with drawers or shelves.Ventilation packs also avilable to safely manage fumes and emisions in the cabinets.

We also offer custom built solutions designed specifically for your site.

Features:

  • Construction: Outer sheet steel plastic laminated and inner melamine coated special workplates (tall cabinets) and outer and inner melamine coated special workplates (underbench cabinets). Both kinds with a high chemical resistance.
  • Storage: Two hermetically separated storage compartments to segregate acids and bases.
  • Ventilation: Corrosion proof, metal free air ducts. Permanent ventilation via only one extraction air  inlet at the top of the cabinet (at the back in underbench cabinets).
  • Spillage Protection: Sturdy construction drawers with high chemical resistance plastic sump.
  • Access: Wing doors with can be used and locked separately. Opening more than 90o.
  • Locking Mechanism: Entire door locking mechanism outside the storage compartment, increassed protection of moving and safety relevant components against corrosion. All around plastic seals prevent dangerous vapours escaping from the inside of the cabinet.
  • Signage: All cabinets carry clearly visible warning signs fitted of the front door of the cabinet

Metal Acid Cabinets- For non aggressive Acids

For the safe storage of mild acids.Not suitable for sulphuric acid or phenol. If these products are to be stored, please refer to the Cabinets above contact our Sales Department and a suitable containment method will be proposed.

Features

  • Construction: Robust steel construction
  • Finish: Chemical resistant polyesterpowder coat paint finish
  • Colour: Standard colour White. Other colour options upon request (surcharge)
  • Access: Double leaf hinge doors with full-length finger pull-handles
  • Security: Key activated two-point espagnolette locking mechanism
  • Internal storage: Fully adjustable reinforced mild steel shelves. 14 kgs load capacity per shelf
  • Spillage protection: Steel spillage collection tray in base of tray.
  • Signage: All cabinets carry clearly visible warning signs fitted to the front doors of cabinet
Acids & Bases Cabinets| Corrosive Cabinets | Laboratory Cabinets

Acids & Bases Cabinets| Corrosive Cabinets | Laboratory Cabinets

Chemstore Corrosive Cabinets are offered in a complete range of sizes and specifications for the safe storage of aggressive substances in laboratories, surgeries & production areas. Our cabinets are purpose designed non- metallic products using highly chemical resistant materials to offer safe, long life solutions for storing aggressive substances. Suitable for storing nitric, sulphuric and hydrochloric acid and phenol. Available with drawers or shelves.

Air extraction fans are also available to safely manage fumes and emissions in the cabinets.

We also offer custom built solutions designed specifically for your site.

Chemical Storage Cabinets Features:

  • Construction: Outer sheet steel plastic laminated and inner melamine coated special workplates (tall cabinets) and outer and inner melamine coated special workplates (underbench cabinets). Both kinds with a high chemical resistance.
  • Storage: Two hermetically separated storage compartments to segregate acids and bases.
  • Ventilation: Corrosion proof, metal free air ducts. Permanent ventilation via only one extraction air  inlet at the top of the cabinet (at the back in underbench cabinets).
  • Spillage Protection: Sturdy construction drawers with high chemical resistance plastic sump.
  • Access: Wing doors with can be used and locked separately. Opening more than 90o.
  • Locking Mechanism: Entire door locking mechanism outside the storage compartment, increassed protection of moving and safety relevant components against corrosion. All around plastic seals prevent dangerous vapours escaping from the inside of the cabinet.
  • Signage: All cabinets carry clearly visible warning signs fitted of the front door of the cabinet

 

 

Polystore – Corrosion Resistant for Acids/Bases

PolyStore – Corrosion Resistant for Acids/Bases

Polyethylene External Drum Stores

Chemstore’s all new bunded 2 and  4 Drum Poly Stores provide an excellent corrosion proof alternative to metal drum stores

  • Fully enclosed
  • Acid Resistant Construction
  • No Maintenance
  • Fully Bunded

Features include:

  • Corrosion resistant polyethylene construction.
  • Acid Resistant.
  • Storage for 2 or 4 x 210 litre drums
  • Bund capacity in excess of EPA Guidelines
  • Secure, lockable roller doors.
  • Fully weatherproof for external use.
  • Poly Ramp available.
  • Optional storage racks for smaller containers.

Safety Pack

Unique gull wing door design allows 2 x 200 litre drums to be placed by forklift attachment in this deep sump, external storage unit.

  • Polyethylene construction UV stabilised for external use.
  • Corrosive resistant, weather proof unit.

Job Hut

Store 8 x 200 litre drums on 2 standard pallets in this external Walk In store.

  • Unit is constructed from tough corrosion resistant polyethylene.
  • UV inhibitors makes it extra durable for outdoor use.
  • Unit is forkliftable from all sides for easy unloading and relocation if required.)