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

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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Interstate Products Offers Broad Selection of Flammable Storage Cabinets

SARASOTA, Florida (May 27, 2011) – 

Interstate Products, Inc., the leading manufacturer of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions now offers the widest selection of safety storage cabinets with four leading manufactures to choose from including Justrite®, Eagle, Jamco and Securall®.  Designed to keep industrial facilities and employees safe, IPI has emerged as the premier source for products from industry leaders offering a full line of flammable liquid storage cabinets, cans and buildings to store flammables, chemicals, pesticides, paints, inks, acids, corrosives and other hazardous materials.  IPI’s selections of safety cabinets provide many of the products required to help meet compliance with OSHA regulations and local fire marshal guidelines.

A pioneer in the manufacturer of portable spill containment berms, tank berms and collapsible storage tanks, Interstate Products is also recognized as a key provider of industrial safety solutions and a best-in-class supplier of safety, flammable storage and environmental solutions for industrial, commercial and military applications.  And with IPI’s extensive array of flammable storage cabinets and containers from the world’s leading manufacturers, the company has the expertise and breadth of product selection to solve most any industrial safety and compliance concern.

For industrial applications that require innovative safety containment systems of exceptional quality and durability, IPI can consult on any project and assist in the selection of heavy duty, all welded safety cabinets, flammable cabinets, safety cans and products offering rugged design features for both outdoor and indoor storage solutions.  IPI safety storage cabinets and containers help our clients conform to various OSHA regulatory codes including, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106 (e)(2)(ii)(b), 29 CFR 1910.106 (d)(3)(I & ii) and Uniform Fire Code 79.201.  IPI’s selection of self-closing and manual storage cabinet models will help you meet federal and OSHA regulations.  For almost two decades, Interstate Products has been the preferred choice for a variety of industrial storage, spill containment and safety compliance applications.

For more information on spill containment berms, flammable chemical and paint storage cabinets please contact Interstate Products at 3921 Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 or call toll free1-800-474-7294 for domestic inquiries and 941-377-8610 if outside the United States. The company’s email address is info@interstateproducts.com and website is http://store.interstateproducts.com/safety_cabinets.htm.