No one who oversees a chemical storage site wants to see a disaster occur. That’s a given. However, as the saying goes “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” In other words, chemical tank site owners should take affirmative action to ensure the safety of their facility, their workers and their public by taking the proper steps to maintain the integrity of their storage systems. When managing your chemical tanks, the following safety tips are the key to protecting your employees and your valuable assets.
- Maintain a regular inspection schedule: Monthly and annual inspections are critical in maintaining the condition of your tanks and in protecting your workers and the public from a potentially catastrophic chemical spill. Make sure staff is familiar with your tank inventory and properly trained on how to conduct visual and written inspections.
- Evaluate older tanks: Even the sturdiest of tanks is not meant to last forever. You should always be proactive and ready to replace aging tanks when necessary. After all, the cost of an accident far exceeds the cost of replacing an old tank.
- Proper installation is key: Hiring an experienced tank installation contractor is imperative. When purchasing and installing a new tank, you will need to have properly-sized offloading equipment to lift your tank off the truck and to set it in place without causing damage. A concrete pad or crushed gravel is strongly recommended to protect the integrity of your tank.
- Understand the chemicals you are storing: Not all tanks are created equal. It is important to understand the chemical compatibility with the type of resin used in the construction of a fiberglass tank and not assume that chemicals can be swapped to different tanks without causing tank degradation or a dangerous chemical reaction. Always verify the composition of the chemical being stored with your tank manufacturer.
- Staff training: The people who come in contact with your tanks should be familiar with their functions, storage contents, piping and appurtenances. Regular training and the establishment a solid safety plan in the event of an emergency can save lives. Make sure to review operating procedures with your staff on a regular basis.
The industry has a shared responsibility to store and transport chemical tanks properly, and the costly implications of not adhering to safety rules can be highly detrimental to any business. Here at Nationwide it is our mission to provide our customers with safe, sturdy and reliable tanks that are custom designed to store your chemicals worry-free for years to come.