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Storage Tank Cleaning Safety

Storage tank cleaning safety is the most important aspect that needs to be considered deeply before doing tank cleaning work. This applies for all storage tanks. In addition, special consideration should be given for tank that is used for storing highly flammable and toxic chemicals.

The following tank cleaning safety tips will help you preventing work accident because of doing this work. Please read those tips carefully and improve your preparation when you find that you have left something.

But, my very first recommendation is to read MSDS or material safety data sheet of chemical contained in the storage tank. Make sure that you have understood precisely about all aspect associated with that chemical. (more…)

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Again, Another Hot Work Related Accident Was Happened

Yesterday morning (9/11), a hot work related accident was happened at Dupont’s Yerkes plant on River Road in Tonawanda, US. In that work accident one contractor worker was killed and another worker was injured.

accident-at-workThe accident was happened when two contractor workers were welding on a 10,000 gallon chemical storage tank. The tank exploded during the welding work. The tank is usually used to store vinyl fluoride.

According to Dupont official, the chemical storage tank was emptied and cleaned up for several times to make sure it is safe to do welding work. However, some chemical reactions took place when the welding work was in process and caused the chemical storage tank exploded. (more…)

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Chemical Storage Tanks – Safety Tips

chemical-storage-tankThe explosion on chemical storage tank at Packaging Corporation of America, Tomahawk, Wisconsin, on July 29, 2008, which killed three people, has shown how chemical storage tanks could put hazard into reality.

The above accident did not represent the entire potential hazards associated with the presence of chemical storage tanks in a chemical plant. In addition, the condition become worst when chemical stored in the chemical tanks are flammable, combustible, corrosive or even toxic.

Because chemical storage tanks present in all chemical plants, improvement of their safety is very important. That’s why this article is written. (more…)

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Nitric Acid MSDS

In this post, I would like to present one of the most essential and dangerous chemical, namely nitric acid. I mean that we have to provide nitric acid MSDS for the workplace and understand it thoroughly. The purpose is to utilize nitric acid optimally without risk.

Nitric acid is one of the most important acids that are commonly used in chemical plants. One of its common usages is as chemical cleaning agent for stainless steel pipes and tanks. For instance, a storage tank for hydrogen peroxide has to be chemical cleaned by nitric acid.

Nitric acid with chemical formula HNO3 is clear to yellow liquid. It causes skin and eye burns, severe respiratory tract irritation as well as digestive tract irritation. You can completely read the potential health effects of nitric acid from nitric acid MSDS. (more…)

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What Are The Dangers of Chemical Spills?

What are the dangers of chemical spills?” You may ask that question whenever you are trying to identify hazards associated with hazardous chemical spills.

With many hazardous chemicals presence in plant site, chemical spill hazards are much more likely to happen. Spills of acids, bases, highly flammable liquids, toxic chemicals, reactive substances, oxidizing agents and other hazardous chemicals can present real hazards to workers and environment.

Chemical spills can occur at production site, from a storage tank, warehouse area where chemicals are stored, during transportation, at the laboratory or during transferring operation. It means that chemical spills hazards have to be identified at these workplaces and activities. (more…)

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Malfunctioning Fuel Monitoring System Might Cause Puerto Rico Fuel Storage Fire

U.S Chemical Safety Board (CSB) exposed its initial investigation over the fire explosion on last October 23, 2009, at Puerto Rico fuel storage depot, which is owned by Caribbean Petroleum Corp in Bayamon, San Juan.puerto-rico-fire

According to CSB, the accident was caused by malfunctioning of fuel level monitoring system that made the gasoline tank overfilled. No employees were aware about the tank overfilling since the computerized level monitoring system was not fully operational, as reported by Reuters. (more…)

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20 Checklists on Flammable Liquids Storage and Containers

flammable-liquid-containerFlammable liquids in the plant site can increase fire hazard potential, whether they are in small or big quantity. There are various flammable liquids in the plant site, for instance gasoline, solvents, paints and thinners. We can easily recognize them through their flammable hazard sign.

As a reminder, I will illustrate briefly about flammable liquid definition and classification. Please refer to the summary below when you need to determine flammable liquid. (more…)

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