Chemical Storage Guidelines and Regulations

Is your company in compliance with the various Federal regulations and guidelines that govern the way hazardous chemicals must be stored?  In the interest of helping our customers to select the right products to ensure the safe storage and transfer of hazardous chemicals and other flammable or combustible materials, Interstate Products has provided below a summary of information and links to relevant Federal compliance resource publications to help you better understand the basic principles, guidelines and regulatory rules that must be followed.

Many of the regulations and guidelines presented below have been widely adopted by most US states, however, it is also important to learn which state laws apply specifically to your industry, company or particular application.  Our customers are encouraged to seek out the relevant agencies involved in these types of regulations and guidelines in the states in which they operate.

Separation, Isolation and Storage of Hazardous Liquids

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:

  • Corrosive materials, which include acids and bases
  • 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 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:

Flammable Liquids (Class I):  Liquids with flash points below 100°F (37.8°C) and vapor pressures not exceeding 40 pounds per square inch (absolute) at 100°F (37.8°C).

Combustible Liquids (Classes II and III):  Liquids having flash points at or above 100°F (37.8°C).

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 safety storage cabinets 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.

Learn more: http://www.chemical-storage.net/index.htm

Ready T-Bracket Spill Berms measure up to largest spill containment and support requirements

Oil spills and discharges most commonly happen during the oil storage container transfer process, and during fuel and chemical deliveries.  Even though the majority of spills involve less than 100 gallons, most facilities that maintain above-ground storage of more than 1320 gallons of oil are still required to have oil spill plans in place as part of EPA and other regulatory rules.  It is advisable, as part of an oil or chemical spill contingency plan, to have oil spill kits and spill berms at the ready any place where oil is transferred from truck to storage areas and where oil storage drums and containers are housed.  This includes receiving docks, fleet cleaning, decon and maintenance areas, outdoor storage buildings, waste collection areas, oil mixing and processing areas or where oil is routinely pumped from 55 gallon drums.

Spill kits are designed as a countermeasure to help contain and clean up hazardous liquids in the event that a spill occurs; whether it is due to container mishandling or leakage.  For larger fuel storage and chemical storage spill control and containment requirements, spill berms are an integral part of any oil spill mitigation plan.  Interstate Products Inc. (IPI) carries a broad range of portable spill berms, in a variety of sizes and materials to meet any requirement.

IPI has continued expanding our spill containment berm product line with the introduction of increased wall heights and liquid storage capacity on our Ready L-Bracket Berm; which is also now available with “T” shaped bracket supports.  Both IPI’s Rapid Entry and L-Bracket berms can now be manufactured to accommodate up to eighteen inch T brackets for the largest support and containment requirements.  Combo wall berms are ideal for use as secondary containment for tanker trucks, decontamination, fuel and chemical deliveries; and for larger capacity containment areas ranging from thousands of gallons to tens of thousands of gallons.  Our new T-Bracket Berms accommodate larger tankers by offering more containment capacity in a smaller space.

IPI manufactures foam wall berms in a variety of both standard and customized sizes with wall heights ranging from 2 inches up to 12 inches available.  Our new T-Bracket Berm is designed to support higher containment capacity by providing greater wall strength.  Where the standard L-Bracket Berm can hold up to 748 gallons, the new T brackets can hold up to 50 percent more within a smaller overall berm footprint.

The versatile, space saving Ready L-Bracket spill containment berm offers features that make it ideal for spill control. The lightweight supports take up almost no extra space and it folds down to a compact size for easy storage and transport.  This berm is ideal to use in a manufacturing plant for temporary storage of batteries, drums, tanks, maintenance parts and more. The compact size and portability also provides for sturdy spill response at jobsites for leaking tanks, vehicles, equipment and machinery.  Heavy duty supports make our berms even tougher and stronger than the myriad of ‘economy’ berms on the market today.

IPI’s standard Ready L-Bracket Berm is manufactured using 30 mil XR-5® geomembrane, which is made from heavy-duty reinforced fabric that is ideal for the rapid entry of trucks and tankers, providing for containment of most common spills.  Optional berm liners, ground mats and containment pads can be ordered for under the berm protection and placement on rough terrain.

In addition to collapsible, foam wall drive through berms, we can build customized combo wall berms in a variety of wall heights that provide maximum support with T bracket reinforcement on the longer side walls and drive-over foam walls on the entry and exit sides.  Our customer can feel secure with a 7-year warranty on seams and workmanship and 10 years pro-rated on cracking and UV damage. Our berm specialists are available by calling 1-800-474-7294.  For more information visit:  http://store.interstateproducts.com/all_spill_berms-ready.htm

IPI Offers Quick Disaster Response Solutions with Collapsible Storage Tanks and Water Pillow Bladders

Preparation and the ability to respond immediately and decisively to global weather-related and other geological events that impact regions, communities and individual lives requires access to information and the right solutions.  With both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane season now upon us, it is an appropriate time for government, industry and citizens to review their state of preparedness and make note of various products and services available that may be required in the event an emergency response is necessary.  In particularly severe scenarios access to reserves of clean water and fuel are of particular importance and require specific portable storage solutions that can be deployed quickly.  Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading manufacturer of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions of manufactures and distributes a wide variety of collapsible storage tanks for industrial, commercial, residential and military applications.

Interstate Products provides a wide variety of water bladders for relief situations, as well as for personal water storage and military applications.  For anytime there is a need for potable water storage.  Our portable, collapsible storage tanks and bladders are used worldwide by variety of customers for emergency response, disaster relief, defense installations and Homeland Security requirement; and by chemical plants, utility companies, farms, refineries, construction sites, airports, hospitals, fire departments, maritime fleets, and HazMat teams.  As a manufacturer, service provider and major US and international distributor, IPI also offers the most flexible and comprehensive spill protection, spill containment and portable storage products on the market today.

Disaster relief organizations depend on IPI to deliver water containment bladders when emergency situations demand a fast response.  Interstate Products has supplied water storage bladders and provided customized solutions for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USAID and many other relief agencies and non-governmental organizations worldwide.  Relief agencies often require the use of 1,000 and 2,000, 25,000 and 50,000 gallon size potable water tanks.  Hospitals in many US states are required to maintain specific quantities of water per person per day; and residential application generally utilize water storage bladders in the range of 100, 250, 500 gallons or more to address situations that can last from days to weeks.  IPI’s liquid storage products including, water bladders, water tanks, fuel bladders, pillow tanks and flexible tanks are designed for durability and fast deployment.

All of IPI’s collapsible storage tanks are manufactured to the highest quality standards using a variety of materials or fabrics that can be used to hold potable, waste water, fuels, chemicals, dielectric oil, gasses and other waste contaminants.  Available in an extensive variety of ready to ship sizes in stock, Interstate Products also carries stock fabric for fast, customized applications.  From our South Florida location, we currently have in stock and ready for immediate shipment many sizes including 50,000, 25,000, 10,000, 5,000 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 100 gallon potable water bladder tanks. We can also build custom potable water bladder tanks, grey water, black water, fuel bladder and chemical containment bladder tanks to exact specifications. We specialize in custom bladder tanks for grey water, fuel and chemical storage that can be built to exacting specifications. Our standard water bladder tanks are fabricated with top quality materials and fabric which provides ultra-violet light and chemical resistance.  Our water bladders are available with many types of connections for a wide variety of applications.  For use on rough terrain areas, IPI Ground Mats are water proof and available for under the bladder for protection from rocks and sharp objects.

As a leading multi-brand supplier of quality environmental, maintenance and safety product solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional, military and various government organizations, IPI also offers special services for emergency relief situations and military use. Call 1-800-238-4259 or 1-800-472-3392 for after hours or emergency information.  To learn more about Interstate Product’s wide selection of stock and custom water storage and fuel storage tanks, portable spill berms, hazmat supplies, absorbents, fire rated buildings, drum containment pallets, cylinders and safety & security cabinets visit our online store at: http://store.interstateproducts.com/all_tanks.htm

 

About Interstate Products, Inc.

Since 1996, Interstate Products, Inc. has become a global multi-brand supplier of quality environmental, maintenance and safety product solutions to industrial, commercial, institutional, military, and various government organizations. Since its inception, IPI has experienced tremendous growth fueled by our commitment to continuously add innovative new products to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding and diverse customer base. These products include safety cabinets, absorbents, environmentally friendly chemicals, material handling, safety, and containment products. In addition, IPI is also a leading manufacturer of spill containment berms and flexible storage tanks that are available in both standard and custom sizes. Information about these and other quality products can be obtained by visiting our company website at http://www.interstateproducts.com/index.htm.

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Interstate Products Launches New Rapid Entry Spill Containment Berm

SARASOTA, Florida (May 30, 2011) – Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading manufacturer of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions announces the launch of an enhanced line of rapid entry spill containment berms.  The company’s new high performance XR-5 Berm options are manufactured with 30 millimeter XR 5 Fabric from Seaman’s Corporation and offer the highest standards of durability and spill containment.  With the XR-5 product line, IPI continues to expand deeper into the drive-through containment berm market led by its Rapid Entry Ready Berm product line and an emphasis on regulatory compliance solutions for industrial, commercial and military applications.  The new Rapid Entry Ready Berm option allows vehicles to drive over walls upon entry and exit without having to lower them first.

As the ‘authority in spill containment’ for over a decade, IPI manufactures and distributes a nearly infinite variety of portable spill containment berms that are designed to help the military and industry to comply with the regulations of 40 CFR part 112 of the Clean Water Act, also referred to as the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations.  New accessory features like the XR-5 Track Mats are designed to unroll on top of the berm, are made for truck tires to drive on to protect the berm from wear and sharp objects that may be stuck in truck tires.

IPI’s Rapid Entry Ready Berm is a secondary containment solution that helps industry comply with SPCC mandates at oil, fuel and chemical storage facilities and provides release containment for petroleum products and various chemicals handled in manufacturing processes around the world.  Typical applications for the portable containment berms include containing fuel tankers during transfer operations, providing containment for above-ground storage tanks, portable generator sets and chemical and hydrocarbon storage drums.  IPI’s spill berms are able to contain thousands of gallons when required and are fast and easy to deploy and break down.  The new line also features a collapsible “L” Bracket Wall construction. The exit and entry walls are made with edges that lay almost flat on the ground so that trucks may drive in and out freely. The edge will automatically rise with the level of any spill.

In addition to providing regulatory compliance and spill remediation, the Rapid Entry Ready Berm line offers the highest quality and can be custom manufactured utilizing various structural technologies that can adapt to virtually any containment requirement.  Ideal for big for tanker trucks and fuel trucks including military and commercial applications, IPI’s drive-through spill berms allow tankers to drive in and out of the berm without lowering walls and in the event of spills it provides countermeasure and containment.  Rapid Entry Ready Berms are manufactured to exacting quality standards using heavy duty reinforced chemical-resistant fabrics to trap fuel, oil, acids, gasoline, hydrocarbons and a broad range of chemicals.  Every IPI spill berm is portable, designed for rapid deployment and is backed by an industry leading 7 year limited warranty on seams and workmanship. In addition, there is also a 10 year pro-rated warranty on cracking due to UV and mildew damage for berms manufactured using XR-5 fabric.  For detailed product information visit http://store.interstateproducts.com/all_spill_berms-drive.htm.

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