Safe Storage, Handling, and Management of Ammonium Nitrate by EPA

At the end of last week, August 30th 2013, the EPA put out its final advisory entitled “Chemical Advisory:Safe Storage, Handling, and Management of Ammonium Nitrate“.

Ammonium Nitrate, you’ll remember was the cause of the explosion in Texas that killed 15 people this past April. The advisory refers to this accident as well as to several others in the past to talk about why the advisory is needed and why changes need to be made. According to the 19 page document, here are some of the lessons learned from past accidents and explosions:

AN will self-compress/self-confine under some conditions, becoming much more likely to explode.
AN is at risk for explosion when stored near other material that can add fuel to the AN – such as grain, sugar, seeds, sawdust, and most especially petroleum fuels such as diesel.
AN is a powerful oxidizer and a rich source of nitrate, which provides energy to an explosion. Thus, the presence of fuel and/or heat (and especially both) near AN is a very high hazard situation.

Download and read about the proper storage, handing and management of Ammonium Nitrate at http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/docs/chem/AN_advisory.pdf

 

 

 


Justrite Videos on YouTube

Whether in your home workshop or in the work place, oily rags, rags used to apply shellac, varnish or other protective coatings, turpentine rags, etc… all need to be stored and disposed of correctly. Many of these rags, if not disposed of correctly can actually self-ignite and cause fires. This is where Justrite manufacturing comes in. Whether we’re talking about bench cans, dip tanks, plunger cans or oily waste cans Justrite has got the right one.

And now Justrite has a video for each of the above to teach you why you need it and how to use it.
Check out the Justrite YouTube video page for each of the following Justrite videos:


Different Color Cabinets for Different Types of Chemicals

A couple of days ago we talked about the different kinds of materials and which material was best for which chemical when dealing with safety cans. When these cans need to be stored, however, there is another consideration that presents itself.

While there is no regulation that requires you to store different types of chemicals in different color cabinets, it has become, not only common practice but also simple good sense. The truth is that fire departments and emergency responders understand the color coding and can react and respond better and faster as well as provide a safer rescue if color coding is used. Standard practices go as follows:

Color coding cabinets helps employees know what they’re dealing with as well. I can save time (you aren’t spending as much time digging around looking for the chemical you need), provide a safer working environment and help manage the safety of chemicals as well.

Note: Make sure you check with local authorities about the type of cabinet allowed in your state. Many states require self-closing cabinets for the storage of flammable liquids. While manual closing are often less expensive, it isn’t going to save you any money when you get cited for not having the right cabinet in your facility.