CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is committed to conducting its business in accordance with all applicable Data Protection laws and regulations in line with the highest standards of ethical conduct.
This policy outlines the expected behaviours of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd employees and any third parties in relation to the use, retention, disclosure, transfer and destruction of any personal data belonging to a Data Subject CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is associated with.
Organisational methods for keeping data secure are essential and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd believes that it is good practice to keep clear records supported by strong procedures. Line managers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the principles of the GDPR and to adhere to CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd’s Data Protection Policy.
This policy is designed to comply with the requirements set out under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
This policy will be implemented in conjunction with the other CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd Data Privacy documents including:
|Data||Information in a form that can be processed. It includes both automated data and manual data.|
|Automated data||Any information on computer or information recorded with the intention of putting it on a computer.|
|Manual data||Information that is kept as part of a relevant filing system, or with the intention that it should form part of a relevant filing system.|
|Data Controller||A person who (either alone or with others) controls the contents and use of personal data. A data controller is the individual or the legal person who controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of the personal information on computer or in a structured manual file.|
|Data Processor||A person who processes personal data on behalf of a data controller but does not include an employee of a data controller who processes such data in the course of his employment. If an organisation or person holds or processes personal data but does not exercise responsibility for or control over the personal data, then they are deemed to be a “data processor”.|
|Data Protection Officer (DPO)||A CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd officer with responsibility for the Data Protection compliance of the organisation.|
|Data Subject||A data subject is an individual who is the subject of personal data that is held by a data controller or processed by a data processor|
Data Protection Impact Statement (DPIA)
A DPIA describes the process designed to identify the risks arising out of the processing of personal data and minimisation of these risks as far and as early as possible. DPIAs are important tools for negating risk, and for demonstrating compliance, including ongoing compliance, with the GDPR.
|GDPR||The new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – Regulation 2016/679 which comes into effect in May 2018 and replaces the current Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and the Irish Data Protection Acts.|
|Personal data||Data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of a data controller.|
|Processing||Processing means performing any operation or set of operations on data, including:
· Obtaining, recording or keeping data;
· Collecting, organising, storing, altering or adapting the data;
· Retrieving, consulting or using the data;
· Disclosing the information or data by transmitting;
· Disseminating or otherwise making it available;
· Aligning, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying the data.
|Retention Policy||How long will CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd hold an individual’s personal data? This will be influenced by a number of factors. Data must be retained for the least amount of time and will be stored securely and deleted at the appropriate time.|
|Sensitive Personal Data||Any personal data relating to a person’s racial origin; political opinions or religious or other beliefs; physical or mental health; sexual life’; criminal convictions or the alleged commission of an offence; trade union membership.|
Pursuant to the GDPR, the personal data that CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd holds will be:
Legal Basis for collecting data
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will process Personal Data in accordance with all applicable laws and contractual obligations. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will not process personal data unless at least one of the following requirements are met:
Rights of Users
Right to be informed.
The privacy notice supplied to individuals in regard to the processing of their personal data will be written in clear, plain language which is concise, transparent and easily accessible.
Where data is obtained directly from the data subject, information regarding whether the provision of personal data is part of a statutory or contractual requirement and the details of the categories of personal data, as well as any possible consequences of failing to provide the personal data, will be provided. Where data is not obtained directly from that data subject, information regarding the source the personal data originates from and whether it came from publicly accessible sources, will be provided.
Right to access. Any Data Subject may contact CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd to confirm whether or not the Data Subject’s personal data is being processed. The categories of personal data processed will be clarified as well as the purposes for processing, the categories of recipients to whom personal data have been or will be disclosed and the envisaged storage period or criteria to determine that period. Where a request is manifestly unfounded, excessive or repetitive, a reasonable fee will be charged. All requests will be responded to without delay and at the latest, within one month of receipt.
Right to withdraw consent. Where consent is the basis for the processing of data the Data Subject may withdraw the consent at any time by contacting the DPO.
Right to rectification. Any Data Subject has the right to have inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored about them rectified. Requests for rectification will be responded to within one month; this will be extended by two months where the request is complex.
Right to object. In case processing is based on a legitimate interest to run, maintain and develop the business CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd, any Data Subject has the right to object at any time to processing of the Data Subject’s personal data unless for the provision of business or if CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd demonstrate other compelling legitimate grounds for processing that override the Data Subject’s interests, rights and freedoms, or for legal claims. Notwithstanding any consent granted beforehand for direct marketing purposes, any Data Subject has the right to prohibit CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd from using his/her personal data for direct marketing purposes, by contacting the DPO or by unsubscribing from direct marketing messages.
Right to restriction of processing. Individuals have the right to block or suppress CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd processing of personal data. The processing of personal data will be restricted:
Right to data portability. Any Data Subject has the right to receive Data Subject’s personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
Right to erasure. Data Subjects may request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing. This would include:
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd may object to a request for erasure:
Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Data Protection Design
PIAs are compulsory under the GDPR. It is essentially a risk assessment of proposed processing of personal data that is likely to result in a high risk of the data subject’s rights. A PIA must be carried out prior to commencing that processing. It should be noted that if CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd comes to the attention of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, the PIA will be the first line of defence.
Conducting a PIA will improve awareness in CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd of the data protection risks associated with a project. Carrying out a PIA is good practice and a useful tool to help CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd as Data Controller to comply with protection law. This will help to improve the design of your project and enhance your communication about data privacy risks with relevant stakeholders. Some of the benefits of conducting a DPIA are as follows:
Data Protection by design means embedding data privacy features and data privacy enhancing technologies directly into the design of projects at an early stage. This will help to ensure better and more cost-effective protection for individual data privacy.
Data Protection Officer (DPO)
A DPO will be appointed to:
The DPO will report to the highest level of management at CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd. Sufficient resources will be provided to the DPO to enable them to meet their GDPR requirements.
Direct marketing can be described as the communication (by whatever means) of any advertising or marketing material which is directed at particular individuals. Consent is central to the rules on direct marketing and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will strive to obtain an individual’s consent before sending any marketing material. To be valid, consent must be knowingly and freely given, clear and specific. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will keep a clear record of what has been consented to, when are where this consent has been obtained so that compliance may be demonstrated in the event of a complaint.
The clearest way of obtaining consent is to invite the customer to tick an opt-in box confirming that they wish to receive marketing messages via specific channels. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will strive, in conjunction with their IT Support, to ensure that communication involves a positive action on the part of the individual to consent to direct marketing. There will be a clear and positive statement explaining that the action indicates consent to receive marketing messages from CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd. Best practice is to provide an unticked opt-in box and invite the person to confirm their agreement by ticking. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will ensure that the language used is clear and easy to understand.
The right to object to marketing is absolute and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd must stop processing for these purposes when someone objects. This is so for business to business marketing.
Data Access Request (DAR) and Data Rectification or Deletion Requests (DRDR) – Procedures
Data Protection Training
All CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd employees that have access to Personal Data will have their responsibilities under this policy outlined to them as part of their staff induction training.
Further information and guidance can be obtained on the Data Protection Commissioner’s website www.dataprotection.ie.
In the course of its role as Data Controller, CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd engages a number of Data Processors to process Personal Data on its behalf. In each case, a formal, written contract is in place with the Processor, outlining their obligations in relation to the Personal Data, the specific purpose or purposes for which they are engaged, and the understanding that they will process the data in compliance with the Irish Data Protection legislation and the GDPR.
These Data Processors include:
– FBS Business Systems
– Pegasus Opera
– O’Carroll Crane Hire & Haulage
– Aqua Trans International Ltd.
– Gore Transport
This list may be amended as required.
Sending Personal Data Outside the EEA
Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the EEA unless that county or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will transfer personal data only where the organisation receiving the personal data has provided adequate safeguards. Individuals’ rights must be enforceable and effective legal remedies for individuals must be available following the transfer.
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will use Model Contract Clauses, Binding Contract Rules or Binding Corporate Rules for Processor or other contractual arrangements in order to establish adequate safeguards to protect the rights and provide remedies to Data Subjects where their data is transferred outside the EEA.
Data Protection Breach
Any loss of personal data in paper or digital format will be responded to and managed in accordance with CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd data Security Breach Procedures and in compliance with the provisions set out in the Data Protection Commissioner’s personal data Security Breach Code of Practice and available at https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Data_Security_Breach_Code_of_Practice/1082.htm
It is essential that all incidents (including suspected incidents) which give rise to the risk of unauthorised disclosure, loss, destruction or alteration or personal data are reported without delay to the DPO.
Incidents can include:
A data protection breach can happen for a number of reasons, including:
In the event of a data breach happening, the DPO must be notified immediately. it must not be assumed that someone else has already notified the breach.
The breach should be notified using a Personal Data Security Breach Form set out in Appendix 1 of this policy.
The DPO will assess the breach and make a decision on the next steps to be taken.
After a review of the breach by the DPO, if the data breached affects the rights of a data subject, the DPO will inform the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of the breach within 72 hours of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd becoming aware of the breach.
A summary of any data breach that occurs, containing the facts relating to the personal data breach, its effects and the remedial action taken, will be recorded in a log maintained by the DPO.
Introducing Chemstore Connect
A key strength of Chemstore throughout its history has been anticipating and responding to the needs of the marketplace. By actively pursuing an innovative product strategy we are positioned to deliver real benefits to our customers now and into the future.
Testament to Chemstore’s ongoing product development and improvement initiatives is its growing blue-chip client base in locations across the globe spanning a wide array of sectors and applications. Recently of most note would be the development of our groundbreaking software platform Chemstore Connect. Over the last 18 months, we have developed a software that enables you with the essential tools for compliance on your site. By trialing the platform with key clients from heavy industry, food processing, education and the oil & gas sectors we are now able to introduce a product that creates unquestioned value for any organisation who handles hazardous materials on site. Connect is the critical final segment in our offering to you that guarantees a solution to manage and eliminate the risks with hazardous materials on your site.
Find out more by downloading our Connect Brochure
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd. is a family led SME headquartered in Limerick, Ireland and our UK Engineering office based in Putney, London. The company was founded in February 1993 and we have commenced our 25th successful year in business.
Chemstore as an organisation enable our clients to create a safer workplace for their employees. We provide an all-encompassing range of tried and tested products & services designed to eliminate the risks with hazardous material storage and handling on site. All our manufacturing of highly certified modules for the storage of various classes of hazardous materials & critical equipment is undertaken in Ireland and our quality standards are what make Chemstore the market leading provider of safety solutions. We’ve achieved that distinction through best practice, faultless service, and trusted products.
Chemstore core values & goals
We firmly believe that every employee should feel safe in the workplace.
Every person who goes to work each day expects to complete their shift without succumbing to harm. At Chemstore we know in order for this to be possible in industrial environments, every employee should know exactly what hazards exist in their workplace and the knowledge to best manage these risks.
Our ultimate goal as an organisation is to eliminate the risks when storing and handling hazardous materials. Chemstore as a company wants all our valued clients to feel that you have created a safer workplace for your employees and instil a pride in your company that it is a safe place to work.
Chemstore cares more
We’ve been designing, manufacturing and installing safe storage solutions for over 25 years and we know that our products are only half of the story. We take pride in building longstanding relationships and on providing the best possible advice, based on a thorough understanding of our customers’ business needs. With us, you’re in safe hands.
For us, safety can only be achieved through quality. It’s a standard that everyone at Chemstore strives for, and it runs through everything we do. So we always aim to provide high-quality products, on time, with excellent service and at the lowest cost. And to make sure that we’re on the right track, we’re committed to listening to our customers and to act on their feedback.
We are certified to the internationally-recognised ISO 9001 quality management standard and we’re constantly striving to improve our service whenever we can. Our employees are encouraged to suggest better, safer ways of working, and we believe in maintaining transparent business processes.
It’s a way of working that takes commitment, investment and long-term vision, but the results we deliver and the reassurance that we provide is well worth the effort.
Chemstore is pleased to announce the appointment of AllMaritim as its Preferred Partner for the Norwegian market.
Both companies will work together to deliver Chemstore’s industry leading hazardous materials storage systems to clients across a variety of industry sectors in Norway where AllMaritim has a proven reputation and track record.
Speaking at the appointment Neil O Carroll, Chemstore CEO commented; “We are delighted with this announcement. The oil and gas sector is one where there exists a definite value proposition for our products and AllMaritim is a recognised key supplier to this industry in Norway with an established client base. I also believe that AllMaritim provides a close cultural fit to Chemstore and look forward to working together to build our business in that region.”
Already a leading supplier in the UK and Ireland this appointment represents another significant development in Chemstore expanding its reach into mainland Europe. Increasingly stringent environmental and safety regulations continue to drive the need for organisations to improve how hazardous materials are stored and managed. Chemstore’s Firevault range of products provide clients with a state of the art suite of solutions to address these risks across a wide variety of applications.
Pictured at the signing of the Distribution Agreement are Neil O’ Carroll, Chemstore CEO and Ann-Heidi Leine, Sales Manager AllMaritim.
Commenting on their appointment, AllMaritim Managing Director Trond Dale said; “We believe that Chemstore’s products will add substantially to AllMaritim’s existing proposition to customers. We are particularly strong in the oil and gas sector where our spill response and recovery solutions are well established. We are excited about the opportunities in this and other sectors where we are active such as construction, mining and also pharmaceuticals.
Chemstore made history in 2015 with the launch of its DNV 2.7-2 certified Firevault product specifically for demanding offshore oil and gas applications. It became the first Irish supplier of HazMat storage systems to receive ISO 9001 accreditation in 2012. The company has expanded its manufacturing capacity on two occasions and now operates from a 15,000m2 facility in Limerick, Ireland.
2017 promises to be another exciting year in the company’s growth and development with additional significant product launches planned, and further expansion of its global footprint into overseas markets.
Headquartered in Ireland Chemstore is a recognised leader in the manufacture of storage systems for hazardous materials and mission critical equipment. Over its 23-year history the company has grown to establish leadership positions in Ireland and the UK with a blue-chip client base across a wide variety of sectors including oil & gas, heavy industry, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and petrochemical. The company operates a manufacturing facility and sales operation in Ireland, with UK sales managed from its subsidiary in London.
AllMaritim AS is a leading supplier to the international oil spill response industry and has been active in this sector since 1988. Today the company is recognized in more than 30 countries as providing industry leading oil spill response and recovery solutions to customers. AllMaritim AS is supported by two main manufacturers, NOFI Tromsø AS and Noren Bergen AS who supply a complete range of complementary products comprising oil containment booms and oil recovery systems, respectively. AllMaritim is a proud supplier of products that have made a difference over 25 years.
Contact Details for Press & PR Enquiries:
Chemstore Engineering Ltd: AllMaritim AS:
Clondrinagh Industrial Estate Hillerenveien 82
Ennis Rd. 5174 Mathopen
Shane O Carroll Maiken Myklebust
Marketing Director Sales and Marketing Coordinator
T: +353 061 327 792 T: +47 5533 6160
M: + 353 87 261 9996 M: +47 95 22 94 93
Proof in the numbers, 18 Million litres of hazardous material safely stored in the last 5 years #eliminatingtherisk
With so much uncertainty regarding the historic vote last Thursday 23/06/2016 when the people of the UK decided it was time to opt out of the European Union. A Prominent member since 1975 but much discontent was shared by the 17,410,742 (BBC 2016) people who decided it was time for some major change.
In the aftermath of the EU referendum much has been speculated, there has been some contrasting projections made by experts as to how this decision will affect all areas of the economy, not just in the UK but across the globe.
Here at Chemstore, we have tried to investigate what this historic decision will mean for industry, regulations relating to hazardous materials & workplace health & safety.
“Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements” (www.lisbon-treaty.org)
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been strongly debated over the last few days, which is the article prescribed as procedure for any member state who wants to leave the EU. Since this article has not been undertaken before, it will be a new process for both sides EU & UK.
The article is a process prescribed over a two year period whereby the UK will negotiate terms with how it will leave the EU and the terms of trade between both the UK & EU going forward. It is still unclear as to how this will influence regulations relating to Health & Safety in the UK. Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs with IOSH has stated “Post-Brexit, the UK has now less influence over EU law. Now we’re exiting, it’s vital the UK continues to apply our successful risk-based health & safety system which includes laws from EU directives because it’s been found to be fit for purpose by several independent reviews” (www.iosh.co.uk June 2016)
As article 50 is yet to be enacted by the UK as David Cameron has urged patience but reports today suggest this has aggravated other EU leaders as the European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has urged the UK to “clarify its position” as soon as possible (www.bbc.co.uk 28/06/2016)
Health & Safety Legislation – what will change?
As the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU have yet to begin and as described above will take at least two years to be agreed and enacted, it seems at this point and time that very little will change in short term up to 2018 as a minimum. The main problem is that EU & UK regulations and legislation have become very much intertwined and it’s hard to see how much will change regarding how the UK governs Health & Safety as the current system is working.
The Health & Safety Commission (HSC) which was founded upon the creation of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 “HASAWA” which precluded the UK’s entry into the EU which is the primary piece of UK health & safety legislation. It places the famous emphasis phrase to ensure “as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work” of all employees in the workplace.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) was created and brought into law in 1988 in the UK but since has been revised to adhere to European Legislation. Listed below are a selection of EU directives have been included in the latest revision of the COSHH regulations 2002 which highlight how UK & EU legislation have merged:
– 78/610/EEC protection to the health of workers exposed to vinyl chloride monomer
– 89/677/EEC, art.1 (3) importation, supply and use of benzene
– 90/394/EEC protection of workers from risks related to exposure to carcinogens at work
The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
The REACH regulations came into force on the 01/06/2007 in all EU member states including the UK “replacing several Regulations and European directives with a single system. One of the main requirements of REACH is for importers or manufacturers of substances to register them with the central European Chemicals Agency. The aim of this is to ensure that human health and the environment is protected by ensuring that manufacturers and importers understand and manage the risks associated with chemicals. REACH also allows substances to move freely on the EU market as well as allowing for free competition and innovation in the European chemicals industry.” (www.hse.gov.uk)
What will be a major question regarding the UK’s exit from the EU is whether the REACH regulations will still allow chemical manufacturers in the UK to trade chemicals freely in the EU market. If not then one fears that the chemical manufacturing industry in the UK will be majorly affected by the loss of free trade.
Another major European Regulation which is further example of combined laws the UK & EU currently share relating the hazardous materials is the (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures – The CLP Regulations. – The CLP regulations which replaced the CHIP labelling system to now adopt the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) on the labelling and classification of chemicals.
It is hard to see why the UK government – HSE would throw out these newly adapted regulations but only time will tell.
What is certain is that BREXIT will cause a lot of uncertainty in industry and we can only hope at this stage that it will not have a negative effect on workplace health & safety going forward.
After months of research, speaking to our clients, planning and designing, Chemstore is delighted to unveil its brand new website.
We felt we needed our website to represent our core values and goals as an organisation.
We have taken a whole new approach with the new site which allows us to connect with you in a far more dynamic way. It is designed to better serve you with:
On behalf of Chemstore we would like to thank you for your valued custom. We hope you like the new website as much as we do. As always, it is impossible to improve our level of service without your valuable feedback so we welcome any comments you may have.
Last month Chemstore were delighted to help out a fantastic cause for ISPCC Childline by sponsoring a charity event that took place in Limerick, Ireland.
Three University Of Limerick students Michael McInerny, Andrew Burke and Shane O’Donnell who were undertaking the 100 Minds project as part of an extra curricular activity in their respective degree courses.
Tag Time was a rugby tournament held in a local Limerick rugby club with over 20 teams participating, The event was a resounding success with all proceeds raised going to ISPCC Childine.
Chemstore on the day were happy to sponsor one of the playing pitches and a number of team participated in the tournament.
We would urge you to read up on the 100 minds project and the fantastic work being done by hundreds of students in aid of respective charities.
Any dedicated external flammables store must be fire-rated and a minimum distance of two meters away from any source of ignition or public right of way, they are considerably more expensive to build than a safety cabinet. Asecos cabinets are for internal use only; they reduce the need to transport flammable liquids across site and are an excellent solution where local storage is required. This video shows asecos cabinets in action.
1. Most commonly used at the moment are cheaper single skinned BS476 cabinets. They allow the following volumes to be stored in any room: For highly flammable solvents with a flashpoint less than 21ºc, the maximum level that can be stored is 50 litres. For flammable solvents with a flashpoint from 21 to 60 ºc the maximum level that can be stored is 250 litres. In both cases the room size is irrelevant. These figures do not apply when BS EN 14470-1 type cabinets are used. They are in effect the equivalent of an external store for internal local use. Subject to a risk assessment there is no restriction to the volumes that can be stored in an EN14470 cabinet.
2. The main reason for the difference in the volumes allowed for the two types is that BS EN. 14470 cabinets have far better fire performance than single skins, and have to be independently tested to prove this. Refer to the asecos catalogue and marketing materials for all of the cabinet features.
3. Establish which solvents the customer needs to store and identify the total volume and dimensions of containers being used. Ask if any are highly toxic or environmentally dangerous, if so seek specialist advice, your asecos team can assist. You can also refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet for advice.
4. Take measurements of any available spaces where cabinets might be used. This might be under fume cupboards for example; there can be hidden restrictions such as support framework or benches which must be taken into consideration. Remember to account for doors in the fully open position.
5. Having gathered all necessary data, specific cabinets can now be offered. Remember that tall cabinets are cheaper in terms of value per litre stored. Consider 30 minute versus 90 minute fire resistant options and what would be more suitable for the customer. Establish what level of interior furniture will be required. Note that products with internal partitions are available when segregation is an issue. Identify if local extraction is available. If not, we have a range UFA air recirculators, they are a small with an in built filtration system, refer to the asecos catalogue.
Finally check that the floor can take the weight of the cabinet, figures of each are published in the asecos catalogue and establish delivery required either to the point of use or behind first door (goods-in).
Examples of Highly Flammable Solvents = Acetone, Methanol
Examples of Flammable Solvents = Diesel, Turpentine
A final report on the West Fertilizer Company plant explosion in 2013, which left 15 people dead and more than 160 injured, has revealed that inadequate chemical storage was to blame for the blast.
The West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas caught fire and subsequently exploded. The blast happened as firefighters attempted to drench the flames, leaving 11 firefighters dead. The blast shook the town of West, Texas. It was enormous registering on seismographs as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake and shaking homes up to 50 miles away.
What was the cause and who is to blame for this horrific blast?
The incident was labelled as “preventable” by the chairman of the U.S chemical safety board. Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso described how the blast “should have never occurred.” The finger has been pointed at many different parties. The U.S. Chemical safety board blamed government regulators, other authorities and the plant owners themselves for the explosion.
Poor chemical storage is broadly believed to be the primary factor involved in leading to this blast. It’s time for change in regards to how dangerous chemicals are being stored. According to TheHill.com the fertiliser plant was storing ammonium nitrate – the primary reason for the tragic blast.
The report focuses on how the ammonium nitrate was being stored. It is believed that ‘ammonium nitrate which is used to make fertilizer, was stored in bins in a seed’. This improper storage proved to be disastrous. According to The New York Times the company: ‘stored 540,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and 110,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia at the plant’. However, the company did not appear to disclose the amount of ammonium nitrate it was storing.
Dallas Morning News reported: ‘Fertilizer facilities like the one in West are not required to have liability insurance that would compensate for damage they might cause, state insurance officials say, even if hazardous material is on hand.’ It’s evident that the danger associated with these chemicals had not been recognised. In addition to these problems, it’s thought that McLennan County, Texas didn’t have an emergency response plan in place. It’s believed that one of the key issues cited in the report is the lack of fire codes.
Lessons to be learnt following the disaster
It must now be a top priority for industrial organisations in the US to review the manner in which dangerous chemicals are handled and stored.
Eventually in April 2015, three bills were introduced regulating storage and inspection of ammonium nitrate and a fourth bill was also introduced to create a notification system alerting the public about any hazardous chemical leak at a nearby manufacturing facility – this bill was introduced throughout the whole state of Texas.
Disasters like Texas and Tianjin in China clearly highlights the need for a global approach to improving health and safety legislation, in particular with the handling and storage of highly hazardous materials.
Each fortnight we’re throwing the spotlight on one of our products that can be specifically designed to fit your needs. This week we look at key features, optional extras and compliance and safety details in the GasVault range.
24 GSD model
Construction: Robust fully welded 100x50mm box frame.
Access ramp: Removable, non-slip access ramp for easy trolley entry.
Cladding: Corrosion resistant Plastisol coated, box profiled zintec cladding panels fitted to sides and roof. Colour: Goosewing grey.
Floor: Corrosion-proof aluminium checker plate flooring prevents rainwater from corroding the cylinder bases.
Access: Twin opening sliding mesh doors with padlockable lugs.
Steel finish: 2-coat corrosion resistant polyurethane paint finish. Choice of colours. Standard colour: Blue RAL 5017.
Weatherproof: Solid cladded roof to prevent rainwater from corroding cylinder valves.
Divider wall for segregation: Divider wall running down the middle of the store for segregation.
Ventilation: Meshed door panels and louvred side cladding panels provide ample ventilation throughout the store.
Lifting: Forkliftable frame underneath to allow for unloading and repositioning. Certified lifting eyes to for lifting by crane.
48 GSD model
Key features of Chemstore Gasvaults
Why choose Chemstore GasVault solutions?