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Sentence after teenage apprentice overcome by chemicals
An alloy wheel refurbishment company has been sentenced after a 16-year-old apprentice worker was overcome by vapours from a chemical used in the stripping and cleaning of alloy wheels.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 12 December 2017, the employee of Wheelnut Ltd, entered an area of the company’s former premises in Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, known as the “acid room”. The employee entered the room to retrieve alloy wheels from one of three barrels of a chemical substance containing Dichloromethane (DCM), Methanol and Hydrofluoric Acid used in the stripping process. He was subsequently found by a colleague slumped unconscious over a barrel.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a risk assessment for the chemical wheel stripping process was not suitable or sufficient. Appropriate control measures should have included suitable exhaust ventilation in the room as well as respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for the employees. RPE was provided but it was not maintained in an efficient or effective state. Several parts of it were damaged and the air feed to it from the compressor was not filtered correctly. The investigation found that on this occasion, and previously, the employee was not wearing the RPE when he entered the room. Employees were not provided with suitable and sufficient information, instruction, and training with regards to the risks involved with using the chemicals, particularly the risks involved with using DCM.

Wheelnut Ltd of Whickham Bank, Swalwell, Newcastle upon pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £32,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1718.50.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Joy Craighead said: “A young worker suffered a potentially serious injury. Breathing in DCM vapour can produce narcotic effects and, at high concentrations, unconsciousness and death. In this instance, the boy made a full recovery, but it could have easily resulted in his death.”

Commenting on the sentencing, Mike Brodie, Chemstore UK Managing Director said: “A storage arrangement with suitable extraction could have prevented this incident from happening. It is easy to underestimate the dangers of gases and vapours given off by chemicals because they can be odourless and vapourless but their effects can be devastating. Thankfully the apprentice in question made a full recovery but the incident is a reminder of the importance of storing hazardous substances correctly.”

If you are unsure of your obligations in this area, contact Chemstore today for a free site assessment.

You may also be interested in our free corrosives storage checklist.

Corvault – Pallet / IBC Stores

Features and Benefits:

  • Cladding: Profiled, single-skin cladding is fabricated from a Longlife Zintec based, corrosion resistant alloy which is then Plastisol coated.
  • 20-year cladding guarantee in normal conditions.
  • Construction: Robust all welded 100x50mm steel box section frame.2mm Welded steel doors.
  • Polyethylene sumps: to protect against corrosion/degredation from corrosive chemicals.
  • Floor/Shelving: Removable hot dipped galvanized grid mesh floor & shelving.
  • Finish: All steel coated with 2 pack anti-corrosive epoxy paint system. Choice of colours. Standard colour: Blue Ral 5017, Red RAL3020, Green RAL6029
  • Signage: Clear and bold “!” “Keep Door Closed When Not in Use” warning signs fitted as standard.

Standard features include, full width spillage collection sumps, fixed shelving, polyethylene sumps , fully welded, leak tested bunds, galvanized grid mesh floors.

 

A range of optional extras are also available for the Corvault units including lighting etc.

Corvault – Walk In Corrosive Stores

Cladding: Profiled, single-skin cladding is fabricated from a Longlife Zintec based, corrosion resistant alloy which is then Plastisol coated.

  • 20-year cladding guarantee in normal conditions.
  • Construction: Robust all welded 100x50mm steel box section frame.2mm Welded steel doors.
  • Polyethylene sumps: to protect against corrosion/degredation from corrosive chemicals.
  • Floor/Shelving: Removable hot dipped galvanized grid mesh floor & shelving.
  • Finish: All steel coated with 2 pack anti-corrosive epoxy paint system. Choice of colours. Standard colour: Blue Ral 5017, Red RAL3020, Green RAL6029
  • Signage: Clear and bold “!” “Keep Door Closed When Not in Use” warning signs fitted as standard.

Standard features include, full width spillage collection sumps, fixed shelving, polyethylene sumps , fully welded, leak tested bunds, galvanized grid mesh floors.

 

A range of optional extras are also available for the Corvault units including lighting etc.

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.

Download the corrosives storage checklist here.

Thermovault – Temperature Controlled Bunded Drum/IBC Stores

Chemstore’s Thermovault – Temperature Controlled Stores are stand-alone and relocateable.

Thermovault is available as an insulated design option or a Fire Rated option, which are designed to provide secure, controlled storage for temperature sensitive materials. We offer a full range of sizes together with a bespoke design service to suit your requirements 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, ambient or even hotter 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