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Stainless steel safety cans

Premium Quality Safety Containers – stainless steel German Made for quality, durability, function and safety.

IF you need the best solution for long term safety and compliance for your Site chemicals, our Stainless Premium Quality safety containers deliver  for 

  • Maximum employee protection
  • Operational safety
  • Laboratory safety
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire protection
  • Environmental protection

CHEMSAFE provide stainless-steel products for safe dispensing, handling, storage, transport and disposal of flammable and explosive liquids. They are also used for various chemicals which include Corrosive, Toxic, Irritant, Pollutants and Respiratory Risk Substances.

Features

  • Some Containers are UN Approved for transport of Hazardous Substances
  • Containers can be fitted with Caps or spring loaded self closing Taps
  • Made of high-quality stainless steel and gaskets from Teflon which is key for their extreme longevity
  • Produced on strict internal and external quality standards – high quality for your safety!
  • Comply with state-of-the-art technology standards
  • Available un polished or mirror finish
  • Pressure relief vents relive any pressure build up and a range of stands and accessories are available.  

Our Premium Stainless Containers are used primarily for safe handling of solvents/aggressive chemicals and waste streams in laboratories and industry. 

The Range includes: 

  • Safety cans         1 to 5 litre
  • Canisters             5 to 20 litre
  • Barrels                  5 to 20 litre
  • Funnels                are used in many industries and for multiple purposes. The goal always is safe and long-term storage of hazardous goods in order to maximize operational safety while ensuring efficient fire- and environmental protection.

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For any other product to protect your facilities, employees, laboratories, please contact CHEMSAFE now.

We have 25 years international experience helping people to work safely with Hazardous Substances – Contact us now at info@chemsafe.ie

 

Storing Corrosives

How should I store containers of corrosives?

Corrosive Substances

  • Before storing corrosives, inspect all incoming containers of corrosives to ensure that they are undamaged and properly labeled
  • Do not accept delivery of defective containers.
  • Corrosives can destroy containers made of improper materials. Be sure to store corrosive materials in the type of containers recommended by the manufacturer or supplier. Protect containers against banging or other physical damage when storing, transferring, or using them. 
  • Keep them tightly closed when not in use.

Where should corrosives be stored?

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In general, store corrosives separately, away from processing and handling areas, and from other materials.

Separate storage can reduce the amount of damage caused in case of fires, spills or leaks. If totally separate storage is not possible, store corrosives away from incompatible materials. Check Section 10 of the MSDS to confirm incompatible substances, see the example below where it will state ‘Conditions to avoid ‘ and Incompatible Materials.

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Some corrosives are incompatible with each other. For example, acids and bases react together, sometimes violently. Do not store them beside each other.

If totally separate storage is not possible, then store corrosives in specialist cabinets which provide segregated storage for acids and bases. 

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Walls, floors and shelving in corrosive storage areas should be made from materials that resist attack by corrosives. Floors in areas where liquid corrosives are stored should not allow liquids to penetrate. Since many corrosive liquids flow easily, store them in corrosion-resistant trays to contain spills or leaks.

For large containers, such as IBCs and 200-litre drums, use mobile Bunds with at least 110% capacity to contain any accidental leaks or spill. All storage areas must be bunded and comply with the 110% – 25% rule so if there must be 110% containment of the largest container, or 25 % for bulk storage areas.

If there are drains in the area, then ensure that you have Drain Protection installed close to the drain for fast deployment in case of an accident. Accidental release, even with drains feeding into the site treatment systems, can impact on the system and cause significant damage.

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Store containers at a convenient height for handling, below eye level if possible. High shelving increases the risk of dropping containers and the severity of damage if a fall occurs.

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  We recommend to store corrosives in areas which are:

  • well ventilated.
  • supplied with adequate firefighting equipment.
  • supplied with suitable spill clean-up equipment and materials.
  • labeled with proper warning signs.

At all times:

  • allow only trained, authorized people into storage areas.
  • keep the amount of corrosive material in storage as small as possible.
  • inspect storage areas regularly for any deficiencies, including corrosion damage, leaking containers, or poor housekeeping. Correct all deficiencies as soon as possible.

For Corrosive Safety Training, Corrosive Safety Cabinet, Bunds, Pallets, Drain Protection, please contact CHEMSAFE now. 

We have 25 years international experience helping people to work safely with Hazardous SubstancesContact us now at info@chemsafe.ie

15 Rules for storing chemicals

Inspections of chemical storage areas on a routine basis will help to correct deficiencies and prevent accidents.

Check out our list of 15 rules for storing chemicals safely:

  1. Segregate all incompatible chemicals or other groups of chemicals that may react dangerously in contact 
  2. Never Store chemicals in alphabetical order!!
  3. Flammable materials should be stored in an approved, flammable materials storage cabinet.
  4. Chemical Liquids must be stored in bunded areas to collect any leakage
  5. Flammables may ignite, catch fire or explode so be extremely careful – use Fire Rated Cabinets – static control is vital – earthing needs to be in place
  6. Spill containment must be 110% of single largest container OR 25% of the total stored volume, whichever is greater!
  7. Avoid floor chemical storage (even if temporary)
  8. Chemicals should be stored no higher than eye level and never on the top shelf of a storage unit.
  9. Shelving – must be stable so ideally secured to walls - avoid island shelves as they may be unstable.
  10. Shelving - each shelf should have excess load bearing capacity to prevent collapse, and an anti-roll lip.
  11. Store acids in a dedicated acid cabinet. Nitric acid must be segregated from other acids
  12. Store severe poisons in a dedicated poison cabinet.
  13. All chemicals should be labeled and dated.
  14. Identify Chemical substance with signage at the point of entry and also on the cabinets used for storage
  15. Look for unusual conditions in chemical storage areas, such as:

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Any of these conditions should be corrected immediately.

Inspections of chemical storage areas on a routine basis will help to correct deficiencies and prevent accidents.

At CHEMSAFE we work very hard to give exceptional service to our clients …. Simple as that!! Contact us if you need any help! 

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4 Reasons to rent CHEMSAFE Stores

Do you know why some companies prefer renting than buying?

Here we have 4 reasons why customers prefer renting than buying. Some of these situations might be your case! Talk to us if you need any further information. 

Budgets: 

When Capital Funding is tight then Rental makes great sense!

  • Easier to get approval
  • Tax efficient in the current year [rather than writing off the capital costs over 7 years] and
  • Provides a fast solution

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Emergency Situation:  

URGENT Project on? Need Short Term Temporary Storage Cover that is fully Certified and Guaranteed Compliant? 

CHEMSAFE can rent you a Compliant solution until your Project is complete.

By renting a CHEMSAFE Solution you get a safe, secure and Complaint CHEMSAFE Store without having to invest in a permanent building!

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Flexible Storage Solution: 

Assess your needs before you buy!

Not sure of your long term requirements? Maybe you only need to house 10 pallets now but expect your requirements to increase – then rent a CHEMSAFE Store.

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Turnkey Solution: 

CHEMSAFE always holds a range of CHEMSAFE Stores, Safety Cabinets, Lockers, and equipment on-hand and ready for delivery.

Just contact us and let us know your requirements; we’ll supply you with a ready-to-use, fully-compliant chemical storage unit.

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At CHEMSAFE we offer

  • Terms from 3 months
  • Full Range of sizes
  • Storage and Spill Kits Range
  • Purchase Option
  • New or approved use units
  • Customised Solutions

Contact now the CHEMSAFE team to get all the information about the options you have to rent.
CHEMSAFE offer a complete Rental range of Compliant Storage & Handling Solutions, and we will tailor the offer to match your needs!

Wishing you Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2019 !

We hope you, your family and colleagues have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

We look forward to working with you again in 2019.

 CHEMSAFE team. 

8 critical steps dealing with a spill

Be prepared for spills with this 8 step guide to Spill Response:

1. Alert:

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    - Maintain safely all the personnel.

    - Cordon off the area using barrier tape.

    - Notify colleagues of the spill and ensure the area is vacated. 

 

 

2. Assess the risks:

face shield     - The first step is to identify the liquid that has spilled.

       This will tell you how serious a threat is and what precautions need to be taken.

     - Each CHEMSAFE spill kit contains a guide on how to identify and clean up spills.

 

 

 

 

3. Select appropriate PPE:

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     - Gloves and goggles are standard protection for many types of spills.

     - For more aggressive spills, a full HazMat suit may be required.

     - If Toxic fumes are present, use a respirator. 

     - If you can't identify the spilled substance, treat it as highly toxic and unsafe.

 

 

  • 4. Contain the spill

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     - Use absorbent booms found in each spill kit to contain the spill and keep it from spreading or containing water sources ...

 

 

 

  • 5. Stop the flow of the spill:

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     - Act quickly and safely to stop the source of the spilled material and minimize the impact of the spill. 

 

 

 

 

  • 6. Clean up the spill:

spill kit       - Carefully and thoroughly clean up the spill using the appropriate absorbents.

 

 

 

  • 7. Dispose and decontaminate:

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     - Dispose of all used absorbents and other contaminated materials according to company standards, as well as all local and state regulations.

     - If necessary, decontaminate the site, personnel and equipment.

 

 

 

 

  • 8. Prepare the necessary reports:

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We have built up a large bank of knowledge based on international projects over the last 25 years, and we use this as the basis to protect our client’s people, facilities, corporate reputation and ongoing business.

If you need any professional advice on chemical spills, please don't hesitate to contact us. We provide a great service to let you know how well you are doing it and how you could improve it.

In relation to spills we provide different services and products

  • Our "Spill Response Audit" will look at Hazardous liquids, drainage systems, employee training, chemical storage... Check more on our Spill Response Audit service page or contact us. 

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  • The "Spillsafe Service" will control your site stock and will save you time and money! Have a look at the flyer and contact us for more information. 

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  • The Spill Management product range will help you to deal with the spills. Check out now all the products available.

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If now you are ready to download the 8 Step Guide to Spill Response, go to our Resources Page and download your poster!

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Best Fireproof Storage for flammables

The risk of fire always exists for companies that use chemicals or flammable liquids. However, proper storage of flammable liquids prevents fires and protects workers.

FIRESAFE is a market leading range of specialist stores, specifically engineered for the safe, secure and compliant storage of flammable substances both internal or external.

Our FIRESAFE stores provide:

  • Up to 4 hours fire protection from both internal and external fires. 
  • Can store pallets or IBCs, in both walk In type stores for small containers or pallet stores.
  • We offer a complete range of Atex compliant lighting, heating, cooling, extraction and alarm systems.
  • All components are tested and certified by LPC, FM Global, Loss Prevention Council and Warrington Fire Research and comply with standards including BS 476 Part 22 and other applicable standards.

 

Our engineers can tailor the FIRESAFE flammable storage buildings to your exact specifications and needs, the applications are many and varied and include storage Laboratory Supplies, Paints, Inks, Dyes, Flavouring, Solvents, Peroxides and Pesticides.

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FIRESAFE Flammable Stores ensure that you have a safe, compliant, high-quality Store, with a market leading 15 Year Structural Guarantee. 

Also, there are a series of extras that will make it even safer. 

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They are delivered to your site fully assembled, ready to use.

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Check out our page of FREE resources and download our FireSafe Stores brochure. Or contact us if you need any professional advice on Chemical Safety. We are here to help!

8 reasons to choose CHEMSAFE bund test

How much you know about bunds? 

A Bund is defined as a retention facility (including walls and base) built around an area where potentially polluting substances are handled, processed or stored, for the purposes of containing any unintended escape of material from that area until such time as a remedial action can be taken.

Bunds come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from steel, plastic or concrete.

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The critical issue with Bunds is they must be capable of collecting and retaining the pollutant or hazardous materials stored in case of any incident or event which may lead to a leak. They must have made from the correct materials, be the correct size to take the ‘worst case’ spill and also be strong enough to take the pressure of the liquid if they are completely filled

Due to these requirements, bunds must be tested prior to going into service, and every three years thereafter.

At CHEMSAFE you can find any type of bund for your facilities.

Also, CHEMSAFE offers specialist bund services:

  • Risk assess
  • Test
  • Inspection
  • CCTV Surveys
  • Drain Surveys
  • Bund Design
  • Bund Repair
  • Maintenance programs for bund

Here you have 8 reasons to choose CHEMSAFE for your bund testing: 

1. OUT OF HOURS TESTING

CHEMSAFE Engineers will carry out testing during Holidays, Weekends and shutdown to suit Client requirements

2. 24 YEARS EXPERIENCE

CHEMSAFE have 24 years international experience across all sectors

3. EPA COMPLIANT REPORT

CHEMSAFE provide a detailed EPA Compliant Report with relevant pictures, certificates and Recommendations.

4. OVER 800 BUNDS CERTIFIED

CHEMSAFE have tested and Certified over 800 bunds to date.

5. COMPLETE SERVICE

We can offer a complete service: clean bunds, fill bunds with water, test, and pump out bunds

6. PRELIMINARY SITE VISIT

We provide a Preliminary Site Visit and Safety Check

7. REPAIR & UPGRADE WORKS

We can complete all repair and upgrade works required to remediate any non-conforming Bunds, and then retest and Certify

8. RECORDS HOLDING

Records: we hold records going back many years, for quick and easy reference

 

Do you still have doubts? Don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help! 

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We have successfully completed bund tests to many companies including:

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10 Tips Working Safely with corrosives

1. Why should I substitute with a less hazardous material where possible?

Substitution can be the best way to avoid or reduce a hazard. Often though, it is not easy or even possible to find a non-corrosive or less corrosive substitute to do the job effectively and safely.
Start by obtaining the MSDSs for all possible substitute materials. Find out about all of the hazards (health, fire, chemical reactivity) of these materials before making any changes. Choose the least hazardous materials that can do the job effectively and safely. Learn how to work safely with them, too. 

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2. Why should I use good ventilation wherever corrosives are present?

Well-designed and well-maintained ventilation systems remove corrosive vapors, fumes, mists or airborne dust from the workplace and reduce their hazards.

The amount and type of ventilation needed to minimize the hazards of airborne corrosives depends on such things as the kind of job, the kind and amount of materials used, and the size and layout of the work area. An assessment of the specific ways corrosives are stored, handled, used, and disposed of is the best way to find out if existing ventilation controls (and other hazard control methods) are adequate.

Some workplaces may need a complete system of hoods and ducts to provide acceptable ventilation. Others may require a single, well-placed exhaust fan. Use corrosion-resistant construction in ventilation systems for corrosive materials. No special ventilation system may be needed when working with small amounts of corrosives which do not give off airborne contaminants.

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3. How should I store containers of corrosives?

Before storing corrosives, inspect all incoming containers of corrosives to ensure that they are undamaged and properly labeled. Do not accept delivery of defective containers.

Corrosives can destroy containers made of improper materials. Be sure to store corrosive materials in the type of containers recommended by the manufacturer or supplier.

Protect containers against banging or other physical damage when storing, transferring, or using them. Keep them tightly closed when not in use.

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4. Where should corrosives be stored?

In general, store corrosives separately, away from processing and handling areas, and from other materials. Separate storage can reduce the amount of damage caused in case of fires, spills or leaks. If totally separate storage is not possible, store corrosives away from incompatible materials.

At CHEMSAFE we provide a wide range of options to store your chemicals. From small corrosive-proof cabinets to chemical stores and warehouses.  

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Some corrosives are incompatible with each other. For example, acids and bases react together, sometimes violentlyDo not store them beside each other.

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Walls, floors and shelving in corrosive storage areas should be made from materials that resist attack by corrosives. Actually, CHEMSAFE manufactures CHEMCAB corrosive-proof cabinets. They are purpose-built for the safe, secure and compliant storage of corrosives, pollutant and toxic chemicals.

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Store containers at a convenient height for handling, below eye level if possible. High shelving increases the risk of dropping containers and the severity of damage if a fall occurs.

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Store corrosives in areas which are:

  • Well ventilated.
  • Supplied with adequate firefighting equipment.
  • Supplied with suitable spill clean-up equipment and materials.
  • Labelled with proper warning signs.

At all times:

  • Allow only trained, authorized people into storage areas.
  • Keep the amount of corrosive material in storage as small as possible.
  • Inspect storage areas regularly for any deficiencies, including corrosion damage, leaking containers, or poor housekeeping.
  • Correct all deficiencies as soon as possible.

 

 

5. Is the storage temperature important?

Store corrosives in dry, cool areas, out of direct sunlight and away from steam pipes, boilers or other sources of heat. If a sealed full drum or carboy of a corrosive liquid is stored in direct sunlight or near other heat sources, vapour levels in the container can build up. This leads to an increase in pressure in the container. In severe cases, this could cause the container to rupture. A buildup of pressure might also result in the material shooting out into the face of the person opening the container.

Follow the chemical manufacturer's or supplier's recommendations for storage temperature. Where appropriate, store corrosive liquids at temperatures above their freezing (melting) points. Acetic acid, for example, has a freezing point of approximately 17°C (63°F) and can freeze in an unheated room. As it freezes, it expands and can crack a glass container.

Avoid rapid temperature changes in corrosive liquid storage areas. If a tightly-sealed corrosive liquid container is cooled suddenly, a partial vacuum could form inside it. In extreme cases, the container might collapse and leak.

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6. How do I handle corrosive containers safely?

Always handle containers of corrosives carefully. Damaged containers may leak.

Many workplaces receive corrosive liquids in large metal drums or barrels and fill smaller containers from them. Moving full drums weighing hundreds of pounds by hand can be difficult and hazardous. Drums can be moved in specially designed drum cradles which can also be used as individual drum storage racks. You can also purchase special carboy caddies for bulky bottles of corrosives and safety bottle carriers for smaller-sized bottles of corrosives.

Self-closing, portable containers for carrying, storing, and dispensing small amounts of corrosive liquids are also available. They are made from high density polyethylene and come in different shapes with capacities up to 19 litres. These containers have spring-mounted spout caps that close automatically when you finish filling or pouring from the container, or if they are dropped. They also automatically open when the vapour pressure builds up inside, to allow vapours to escape and prevent rupture.

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7. Can I add corrosives to water?

Sometimes, a job requires mixing corrosives with water. Many corrosive materials, both liquid and solid, generate large amounts of heat when they are mixed with water. This can cause the solution to froth and boil or even to erupt violently from the container. For example, a glass of water thrown into a bucket of concentrated sulfuric acid is converted instantly to steam which will eject the entire contents of the bucket into the air.

For this reason, always add corrosives to water, slowly, in small amounts, with frequent stirring. Always use cold water.

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8. How do I dispose of waste material safely?

Corrosive wastes are hazardous and must always be handled safely.

All containers for corrosive wastes must be made from corrosion-resistant materials. Identify the contents of these containers with suitable labels.

"Empty" drums, bottles and other containers often have hazardous corrosive residues inside them. Never use these "empty" containers for anything else, no matter how clean they seem to be. Treat them as corrosive wastes. It may be possible to safely decontaminate "empty" containers. The chemical manufacturer or supplier can give advice about this.

Never dispose of corrosives down sinks or drains that connect to sanitary or storm sewers. Dispose of them according to the manufacturer's or supplier's directions, or through hazardous waste collection and disposal companies. In all cases, dispose of corrosive wastes according to the environmental laws that apply to your jurisdiction. Contact the appropriate environmental officials for details about the disposal laws that apply for specific corrosives.

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9. When should I wear proper personal protective equipment?

If other methods, such as engineering controls, are not available or effective enough to control exposure to corrosives, wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Choosing the right PPE to wear when doing a particular job is essential. MSDSs should provide general guidance. Selecting PPE for a specific job is best done with the help of someone who knows how to evaluate the hazards of the job and how to select the proper PPE.

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Avoid Skin Contact

Wear protective gloves, aprons, boots, hoods, or other clothing depending on how much chance there is of skin contact. This clothing must be made of materials that resist penetration or damage by the chemical. The MSDS should recommend appropriate materials. If it does not, contact the chemical's manufacturer or supplier for specific information.

Protect Your Eyes and Face

Always wear eye protection when working with corrosives. Although ordinary safety glasses provide some protection, chemical safety goggles are best. In some cases, you should also wear a face shield (with safety glasses or goggles) to protect your face from splashes. The current CSA Standard Z94.3, "Eye and Face Protectors," provides advice on selection and use of eye and face protectors.

Avoid Breathing Corrosive Vapours, Fumes, Dust or Mists

If respirators must be used for breathing protection, there should be a written respiratory protection program to follow. Follow all legal requirements for respirator use and approvals. 

You must wear the PPE needed for doing a particular job. PPE cannot protect you if it is not worn.

 
 

10. What should I do in an emergency?

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Be ready to handle emergencies safely. In emergencies like chemical fires, leaks and spills, act fast.

  • Evacuate the area at once if you are not trained to handle the problem or if it is clearly beyond your control.
  • Alert other people in the area to the emergency.
  • Call the fire department immediately.
  • Report the problem to the people responsible for handling emergencies where you work.
  • Obtain first aid if you have been exposed to harmful chemicals.

The MSDS and container label for a particular corrosive should give specific first aid instructions in case of exposure by skin or eye contact, inhalation, or swallowing.

Most workplace injuries caused by common corrosives, such as acids and bases, result from accidental skin or eye contact. The first aid for these injuries usually involves flooding the contaminated area with large amounts of water. However, the specific first aid recommendations can vary from one corrosive material to another, depending on the nature (properties and hazards) of the material.

Emergency eyewash stations and safety showers should be present wherever accidental exposure to corrosives might occur. CHEMSAFE provides a wide range of Safety showers and eyewash.

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Only specially trained people, equipped with the proper tools and protective equipment, should handle the emergency. Nobody else should go near the area until it is declared safe.

Planning, training and practicing for emergencies are important so that everyone knows what they must do.

 

 

 

   

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Don’t take chances with Flammables!!

Protect your Site with EN 14470 Fire Rated Safety Storage Cabinets Type 90

 

The European Standard EN 14470-1 for Fire Rated Safety Cabinets came into force in 2004 is recognized as the leading Global standard in Safety Cabinets for Flammables Storage. The EN 14470  Standard details the critical design safety requirements for engineered safety cabinets used to store flammable Liquids & Gases  internally in work areas: EN14470-1 relates to Flammable Liquids Storage, while EN 14472-2 relates to internal storage of Flammable Gases .

Why EN 14470 Safety Cabinets ?

  • Business continuity risk is greatly reduced as chain reaction will be avoided in case of fire.
  • Workers, the fire brigade, and rescue services will be protected.
  • Maximum fire protection for buildings and systems.
  • Reduction of insurance contributions for fire protection is possible.
  • Financial security, e.g. by reducing the risk of default of production and buildings.
  • Fulfilment of the requirements of risk management in accordance with ISO 9000 and ISO 14001.
  • Use of high-quality safety storage cabinets conserves resources and strengthens the image of your compan.

 EN 14470-1 has two objectives :

1. Employee Escape time: To deliver adequate time for employees to escape from the working area.

2. Firefighters & Rescue Team: To provide adequate time for emergency responders to get into the working area and cool down the cabinets before the hazardous substances stored in a safety cabinet turn a small fire into an uncontrollable one. 

  

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Specific EN 14470 Cabinet Design Requirements

Ventilation
» To prevent an explosive atmosphere, the ventilation must be effective directly above the bottom storage level.

» Ventilation openings for air supply and exhaust air must self-close when the temperature reaches 70 °C.

Interior fittings
» The bottom tray, which serves to retain potential leakage, must still be functional after the fire resistance test.
» The shelves must be made of non-absorbent material, bear the permissible load over the duration of the fire and be at most 1.75 m above the floor.

Door technology
» Complete self-locking of the doors within a maximum of 20 seconds, or  optionally, an arrest system with temperature release at 50 °C is possible.
» The closing force between the main closing and opposite closing edge of the door must not exceed 100 Newtons.
» Each wing of the door must be operational with one hand. 
» If the doors are lockable, the locking device must not prevent self-closing in the event of fire. 

Fire chamber test
» Each cabinet model is type-tested in a fire chamber according to DIN EN 14470, see below

 

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The EN 14470-1 Test requires cabinets to be tested for temperature Resistance at extreme temperatures as a complete unit, in order to meet the required level of certification. 

The fire resistance rating of safety storage cabinets in accordance with EN 14470-1 is determined by 

  1. The rise in temperature of the cabinet interior inside a fire chamber according to the temperature/time curve in accordance with EN 1363-1. 
  2. The time it takes from starting temperature of 20 +/- 5 °C for the temperature in the cabinet interior to reach max. 180 ° Celsius
  3. The cabinet is then classified as Type 15, 30, 60 or 90 Minute.

 Note : in many European countries including Germany,  the 15 minute cabinet is not approved and safety cabinets of 30 and 60min are only of limited use. So, just the cabinets with a fire resistance of 90min are considered Safety Cabinets.

  

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FIRECAB Safety Cabinets are purpose built for the safe, secure and compliant storage of Flammables substances.

  • Tested Independently and approved by recognized materials testing institute MPA Dresden Germany 
  • Fire Resistance 90 min according to EN 4470-1.
  • GS and CE certificate
  • Outer body & door made of powder coated  Zincor Steel sheet
  • Inner body from incombustible resistant materials covered with HPL coated sheets.
  • Special insulation layers between the inner and outer walls prevent heat penetrating into the cabinet interior in case of fire.
  • In the event of a fire, the doors, drawers and ventilation openings for air supply and exhaust air automatically closed,  and the door gaps are sealed by intumescent expanding gaskets.
  • High quality powder coating RAL 7035/grey.

FIRECab 90 minute Fireproof Safety Cabinet Technical Features:

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CONTACT

  • Unit 9 Castletroy Park, Commercial Campus, Limerick, Ireland
  • T: + 353 (0)61 523 444
  • F: + 353 (0)61 523 2243
  • info@chemsafe.ie
  • M - F: 9am - 5pm

 

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