Chemical & Petrochemical
The chemical and petrochemical sector relies on the efficient transportation, handling and processing of many hazardous and highly flammable chemical products.
Supply chain activities like the transfer of chemicals to and from tank trucks and railcars; filling, mixing and blending in drums or IBCs, and minor operations like dispensing solvents from safety cans generate hazardous levels of static electricity. The most effective static control solution of eliminating the risk of fires and explosions caused by static electricity is to use modern fit for purpose static control equipment.
This article is designed to aid engineers, operations managers and safety professionals in understanding the root causes of static electricity and why it can be a potential ignition source in daily operations. The article will also provide a general overview of legislation and industry guidance relevant to static electricity and then outline practical methods around how it can be managed.
Static electricity can lead to large voltages on tank trucks.
> Earth-Rite RTR
Grounding for trucks in locations where installed grounding systems are not present.
> Earth-Rite MGV
Grounding and interlocks preventing charge accumulation on the tanks of railcars.
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The manual filling of portable drums and vessels can result in incendive static spark discharges.
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Grounding and interlocks for Type “C” Big Bag operations.
> Earth-Rite FIBC
In 2006, we decided that we needed a full review of more than fifty Brenntag North American facilities across the United States and Canada to ensure that we had proper static control and static earthing equipment in place and were using the proper procedures to minimize a static discharge during flammable liquid transfers. I appreciate Newson Gale’s support in helping us develop equipment needs, proper handling procedures and implement employee training to enable us to have safer facilities for our employees and the communities in which they serve.
David Garner, Vice-President, Operations, Brenntag North America, PA, USA
Univar Solvents originally started using Newson Gale products following a recommendation from BP Chemicals at Hull. Since then we have been pleased with the performance of the static control products and the technical support for them. The ongoing technical development of the products provides confidence that Newson Gale is keeping up with changes in (static control) Regulation. Controlling static electricity is critical when dealing with flammable liquids. I suggest Newson Gale to our customers when they identify a need to upgrade their static control or earthing facilities.
John Butcher, SHEQ Manager, Univar Solvents, UK