Chemical Storage Buildings Isolate Hazardous Liquids and Minimize Damage from Spills

The improper storage of corrosives and flammable liquids is the leading cause of spills that can result in damage to facilities and impact worker safety.  One of the most effective practices to help minimize damage from chemical spills is to isolate the various chemical hazards.  Since knowledge of chemical compatibility is critical, it is important to understand that there are two major types of chemical hazards that require their own unique storage and transfer protocols.  The two types of chemicals that pose the greatest risk can be classified as either: (a) Corrosive materials, which include acids and bases and (b) Flammable or combustible liquids.

Corrosive materials have the potential to severely damage surfaces or other substances it contacts.  Physical hazards to workers include chemical burns, skin or eye damage; and inhalation or ingestion of a corrosive liquid can also cause respiratory damage.  Flammable and combustible liquids are defined by their flash points.  A liquid’s flash point is a function of its vapor pressure and boiling point.  Flammable and combustible liquids are classified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) based on their flash points.

The most effective way to isolate your flammable and corrosive hazards is to store them properly in approved safety storage containers and cabinets.  Using the correct flammable storage (gas cans) or chemical storage containers are the first line of defense.  The next step is to utilize the appropriate chemical storage building in order to isolate corrosive liquids and flammable liquids from other incompatible chemicals; and to contain the hazards in the event of spill or leakage.

Interstate Products (IPI), a leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions offers the most extensive line of Securall fuel storage and chemical storage buildings available.  Our pre-engineered, portable drum storage buildings from Securall are specifically designed for outdoor storage and dispensing from 55-gallon drums containing flammable or combustible liquids.  The outer walls are constructed of all-welded 16 or 12 gauge steel and the inner walls are constructed of 18 gauge steel.  The double wall construction contains 3″ of air space throughout; and all models are designed in accordance with the standards set forth by NFPA Code 30 and comply with OSHA and EPA regulations.

With many models and sizes available to meet any flammable storage requirement, Securall storage buildings and fuel lockers from IPI include features such as 2 hour and 4 hour fire ratings, are coated with chemical, corrosive and ultraviolet resistant paint and include a leak-tight sump.  Explosion relief panels and removable galvanized steel safety floor planking are standard for most units; and each is manufactured with forklift channels on two sides for easy mobility.   All of our storage building models are Fire Marshal Approved for storing and dispensing flammable and combustible liquids. All electrical installations are U.L. Approved.

In addition to carrying an array of high quality chemical storage buildings with new lower pricing, IPI also offers a wide variety of flammable storage safety cans from manufacturers, Eagle and Justrite, offering users both safety and convenience while facilitating the storage and transfer of flammable liquids.  For detailed product information and easy ordering instructions contact our industrial safety product specialists or visit our flammable storage solution center at:

http://www.interstateproducts.com/securall/storage_buildings.htm

 

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Deadline to Prepare Farm SPCC Plan is November 10th, 2011

The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulatory requirements for farming, ranching and other agricultural operations are outlined in The Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Code of Regulations 40 CFR 112.  As part of these new rules an SPCC Plan is required by all facilities subject to the regulation and is designed to help prevent any discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The main thrust of the SPCC regulation is prevention as opposed to after-the-fact reactive measures commonly described in Oil Spill Contingency Plans.  The regulation states, “facilities that drill, produce, gather, store, use, process, refine, transfer, distribute or consume oil and oil products” must implement a plan that addresses specific measures to minimize the potential for oil discharge into the environment.”  The deadline to prepare and implement a revised SPCC spill control plan is November 10th, 2011.

According to the EPA website, before a facility is subject to the SPCC rule, it must meet three criteria:

  1. it must be non-transportation-related;
  2. it must have an aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons or a completely buried storage capacity greater than 42,000 gallons; and
  3. there must be a reasonable expectation of a discharge into or upon navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines.

Specifically, the SPCC Plan must include a comprehensive description of a facility’s containment and countermeasure strategy to prevent an oil spill from occurring, and procedures to mitigate and clean up any potential oil spill.  Not only must your SPCC Plan outline procedures designed to prevent oil spills; but if a spill occurs, a description of control measures designed to stop spills from leaching into the environment is also necessary.  Finally, the plan must include detailed countermeasures to contain, clean up, and otherwise mitigate the effects of a spill that does impact the environment.  An SPCC Plan must also specify a means of secondary containment that can hold up to 110% of the capacity of the largest single tank or container.  Secondary containment procedures, controls and countermeasures must include tools and structures like oil spill berms, spill pallets, sorbents and drain seals.

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions had created a summary page of resource listings for commercial farmers and industrial agriculture firms whose operations are subject to SPCC rule compliance.  The site presents information on various SPCC plan requirements and links to official information, including specific plan outlines to help our clients meet all applicable rule requirements of 40 CFR 112.6(a)(3).  IPI’s SPCC Farmers resource site offers links to EPA plan overview documents that address eligibility, plan requirements and various products that enable users to come into compliance with the applicable rules.  This includes information on specific spill prevention measures covered facilities should include in an SPCC Plan.

Interstate Products provides an array of standard and customized solutions, including spill containment tanks and berms that enable industry compliance with the tools required to prevent, contain, mitigate and clean up oil, gasoline and other chemical spills.  IPI is recognized as the preferred source for spill containment products and accessories and has developed unique packages of oil spill kits, chemical spill kits and other customizable spill control kits that provide the solutions needed to comply with SPCC rules.  Additional products include complete lines of spill control pads, socks, pillows, spill berms, spill tanks, spill pallets and hazmat products.  Contact us to learn more about industrial spill containment solutions and view our full selection of portable spill kits at:  http://interstateproducts.com/spcc_farmers.html

IPI makes every effort to ensure the information presented on this page is accurate and up to date. IPI cannot be held liable for the content on this page. Consult with your local environmental management agency and fire marshal for the requirements in your area. Find regulations and additional formation at: http://www.epa.gov

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