Over two billion Lithium-ion cells are produced every year, but significant safety concerns surround battery storage, quarantine procedures, transport/ disposal of damaged batteries and thermal runaway. During a thermal runaway, the high heat created by the failing cell can develop to the next cell, causing it also to become thermally unstable. A battery pack can be destroyed within minutes or last for hours as each cell runs away. An irreversible thermal event in a lithium-ion battery can be initiated in several ways, by spontaneous internal or external short-circuit, overcharging, external heating or fire or even mechanical abuse. Electrovault provides an ideal battery storage solution.
A thermal runaway releases hydrogen fluoride HF, phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5) and phosphoryl fluoride (POF3), studies have shown that using water as a fire suppressant may also increase the formation of HF.
Our Electrovault storage units are made to comply with RC61 guidelines. We can tailor your Electrovault battery storage solution to suit your specification, whether that is:
Trust in our reputation for developing and delivering market-leading products and services for hazardous materials handling.
Improving the level of safety in your workplace is where our work begins. From there, we’ll help you reduce your risk, liability and downtime, and therefore increase productivity. Plus, we’ll take you beyond the legal standards for Health & Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility, with products and services that are also designed to exceed your performance expectations.
Chemstore will be closing its doors in production this Friday 24th July at 13:30 for two weeks summer break.
Please note there will be no Chemstore unit deliveries during the shutdown.
We will be reopening on Monday 10th August at 8:00
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NISO Mission Statement:
“To create the conditions where Irish workplaces are among the safest and healthiest in Europe through;
Chemstore are excited to partake in the many events planned in 2020 including the;
Find out more here by visiting Niso Events
Say ‘hello’ to the SafetyHub Spill Kit Station – a unique, fully configurable site safety point that you can tailor to your exact requirements.
SafetyHub is a new concept that is so much more than just a mobile fire point: it can be configured as a PPE station, First Aid point, Fire Safety centre, Spill Response hub, Safety Information centre… it can be configured to be exactly what you need it to be, wherever you need it.
Designed to be 100% recyclable, every element of the SafetyHub is constructed from materials that are tough enough to survive the harshest treatment whilst minimising environmental impact, particularly at end of life – which should be a long way off, as it’s very durable indeed!
Perfect for use on construction sites, factories, workshops, filling stations, civil engineering projects, events and pretty well any other kind of busy environment you can think of, SafetyHub, the mobile spill kit station, is equally at home indoors or outside and will be invaluable for ensuring the safety of everyone on site. Get in touch with one of our sales engineers for more information.
SafetyHub can be fully customised to your specifications, requirements include:
All come in a choice of either red, green or yellow.
In this month’s edition of the Hazmat Bulletin, we take a look back at the tragic explosion that occurred in a Chemical Plant located in Yancheng, China which is the worst industrial accident since the explosion in Tianjin back in 2015.
The death toll has now been quoted at 78 and the number injured is in the hundreds. Reports have stated that the cause of the blast initiated from a vehicle carrying compressed gas which then caught fire which led to a secondary and more fatal explosion within a bulk chemical storage area containing a large volume of benzene.
“Local press reported that 176 fire trucks and 928 firefighters were initially involved in the incident. The South China Morning Post said the explosion was heard 40km away and China’s earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the explosion on the afternoon of March 21”
Benzene is a volatile and very dangerous material which has many adverse risks and side effects:
H225 Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
H304 May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
H315 Causes skin irritation.
H319 Causes serious eye irritation.
H340 May cause genetic defects.
H350 May cause cancer.
H372 Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
H412 Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
An explosion with such a large volume of Benzene had catastrophic consequences for the primary area with so many people losing their lives. What must also be recognised is the secondary effects of Benzene dispersal which spread into the atmosphere from the flames. Benzene will remain in the atmosphere for a worrying period of time.
“In February 2018, China’s State Administration for Work Safety cited 13 types of safety hazards at the company, including mishandling of tanks of toxic benzene, the source of the explosion.”
Additional reports have stated that water sources in the locality have been heavily polluted with Dichloroethane and Dichloromethane which by their nature have a high COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) on rivers and other water sources which will cause serious side effects for aquatic life and also the risk to the human population consuming drinking water.
Public and Official Response
“After the Tianjin blasts in 2015, the government expanded inspections and toughened punishments for companies that violated safety standards. But many executives have cut corners under pressure to meet strict production targets, especially as China grapples with an economic slowdown”
“Public anger over safety standards has grown in China over industrial accidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires that have marred three decades of swift economic growth.”
President Xi Jinping has exclaimed that all efforts should now be invested to help the injured survivors and the state media are pushing authorities to drastically increase action to prevent disasters like what has happened in Yancheng from doing so again.
Safety Regulations for Hazardous Materials Use, Transport & Storage in China
There is no debating that there needs to be a serious change in the approach to safety in Chinese industry. Particularly for Hazardous Materials or there will simply continue to be tragic accidents and innocent lives lost in the country.
Safety Legislation is written in Chinese law, but there seems to be continuous negligence to adhere to these laws and obviously. The penalties for such failures isn’t severe enough for the responsible organisations.
Below is a list of notable existing regulations in China for Hazardous Materials
It remains to be seen how safety culture in the country will change, but it is clear that there is a need for drastic improvements for the people of China.
For any queries on hazardous materials stored on your site, please don’t hesitate to Contact Chemstore for any advice and guidance you require.
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It is with great pride that we are announcing the introduction of the Chemstore LIT Scholarship in collaboration with Limerick Institue of Technology
Chemstore are honoured to become part of a “life changing” intiative that enables successful candidates with funding the pursue their studies in industry specific undergraduate programmes.
“LIT student scholarships aim to alleviate financial strain experienced by targeted student, allowing the recipients to concentrate fully on their education and finish their course of study. The programme has proved hugely successful and popular among students who may otherwise struggle to attend college.”
The scholarship allows Chemstore to invest in future talent and develop students with the skills needed to work directly in industry.
The successful candidate Abigail McCann will also take part in a summer internship working directly with Chemstore in the development of our compliance management software Chemstore Connect both on the LIT campus and in other industrial based clients of Chemstore.
The Scholarship awards took place at the Millenium Theatre on the LIT Moylish main campus on January 16th and was a very enjoyable evening to be a part of. To hear some of the past recipients of the award speak on the impact it had made was the highlight.
Deputy President of LIT Students’ Union, Jade Foynes said,
“I would encourage all the sponsors to never underestimate the difference you are making by investing in a student’s potential. Your investment changes lives, it most definitely changed me,” said the Leaders@LIT recipient.
Managing Director of Chemstore, Shane O’Carroll said,
“Chemstore are delighted to join this programme and would like to congratulate Abigail on being the first recipient of the Chemstore Scholarship. We are excited to continue our great relationship with LIT and to be a part of further initiatives in the future. I’d like to thank and congratulate Liam Browne and his team for the brilliant work they are doing, the future is in safe hands with so many talented people now emerging from the institute and beginning their careers in industry.”
Please enjoy this short clip LIT have put together from this year’s Awards Ceremony.
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is committed to conducting its business in accordance with all applicable Data Protection laws and regulations in line with the highest standards of ethical conduct.
This policy outlines the expected behaviours of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd employees and any third parties in relation to the use, retention, disclosure, transfer and destruction of any personal data belonging to a Data Subject CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd is associated with.
Organisational methods for keeping data secure are essential and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd believes that it is good practice to keep clear records supported by strong procedures. Line managers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the principles of the GDPR and to adhere to CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd’s Data Protection Policy.
This policy is designed to comply with the requirements set out under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
This policy will be implemented in conjunction with the other CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd Data Privacy documents including:
|Data||Information in a form that can be processed. It includes both automated data and manual data.|
|Automated data||Any information on computer or information recorded with the intention of putting it on a computer.|
|Manual data||Information that is kept as part of a relevant filing system, or with the intention that it should form part of a relevant filing system.|
|Data Controller||A person who (either alone or with others) controls the contents and use of personal data. A data controller is the individual or the legal person who controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of the personal information on computer or in a structured manual file.|
|Data Processor||A person who processes personal data on behalf of a data controller but does not include an employee of a data controller who processes such data in the course of his employment. If an organisation or person holds or processes personal data but does not exercise responsibility for or control over the personal data, then they are deemed to be a “data processor”.|
|Data Protection Officer (DPO)||A CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd officer with responsibility for the Data Protection compliance of the organisation.|
|Data Subject||A data subject is an individual who is the subject of personal data that is held by a data controller or processed by a data processor|
Data Protection Impact Statement (DPIA)
A DPIA describes the process designed to identify the risks arising out of the processing of personal data and minimisation of these risks as far and as early as possible. DPIAs are important tools for negating risk, and for demonstrating compliance, including ongoing compliance, with the GDPR.
|GDPR||The new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – Regulation 2016/679 which comes into effect in May 2018 and replaces the current Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and the Irish Data Protection Acts.|
|Personal data||Data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of a data controller.|
|Processing||Processing means performing any operation or set of operations on data, including:
· Obtaining, recording or keeping data;
· Collecting, organising, storing, altering or adapting the data;
· Retrieving, consulting or using the data;
· Disclosing the information or data by transmitting;
· Disseminating or otherwise making it available;
· Aligning, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying the data.
|Retention Policy||How long will CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd hold an individual’s personal data? This will be influenced by a number of factors. Data must be retained for the least amount of time and will be stored securely and deleted at the appropriate time.|
|Sensitive Personal Data||Any personal data relating to a person’s racial origin; political opinions or religious or other beliefs; physical or mental health; sexual life’; criminal convictions or the alleged commission of an offence; trade union membership.|
Pursuant to the GDPR, the personal data that CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd holds will be:
Legal Basis for collecting data
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will process Personal Data in accordance with all applicable laws and contractual obligations. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will not process personal data unless at least one of the following requirements are met:
Rights of Users
Right to be informed.
The privacy notice supplied to individuals in regard to the processing of their personal data will be written in clear, plain language which is concise, transparent and easily accessible.
Where data is obtained directly from the data subject, information regarding whether the provision of personal data is part of a statutory or contractual requirement and the details of the categories of personal data, as well as any possible consequences of failing to provide the personal data, will be provided. Where data is not obtained directly from that data subject, information regarding the source the personal data originates from and whether it came from publicly accessible sources, will be provided.
Right to access. Any Data Subject may contact CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd to confirm whether or not the Data Subject’s personal data is being processed. The categories of personal data processed will be clarified as well as the purposes for processing, the categories of recipients to whom personal data have been or will be disclosed and the envisaged storage period or criteria to determine that period. Where a request is manifestly unfounded, excessive or repetitive, a reasonable fee will be charged. All requests will be responded to without delay and at the latest, within one month of receipt.
Right to withdraw consent. Where consent is the basis for the processing of data the Data Subject may withdraw the consent at any time by contacting the DPO.
Right to rectification. Any Data Subject has the right to have inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored about them rectified. Requests for rectification will be responded to within one month; this will be extended by two months where the request is complex.
Right to object. In case processing is based on a legitimate interest to run, maintain and develop the business CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd, any Data Subject has the right to object at any time to processing of the Data Subject’s personal data unless for the provision of business or if CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd demonstrate other compelling legitimate grounds for processing that override the Data Subject’s interests, rights and freedoms, or for legal claims. Notwithstanding any consent granted beforehand for direct marketing purposes, any Data Subject has the right to prohibit CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd from using his/her personal data for direct marketing purposes, by contacting the DPO or by unsubscribing from direct marketing messages.
Right to restriction of processing. Individuals have the right to block or suppress CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd processing of personal data. The processing of personal data will be restricted:
Right to data portability. Any Data Subject has the right to receive Data Subject’s personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
Right to erasure. Data Subjects may request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing. This would include:
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd may object to a request for erasure:
Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Data Protection Design
PIAs are compulsory under the GDPR. It is essentially a risk assessment of proposed processing of personal data that is likely to result in a high risk of the data subject’s rights. A PIA must be carried out prior to commencing that processing. It should be noted that if CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd comes to the attention of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, the PIA will be the first line of defence.
Conducting a PIA will improve awareness in CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd of the data protection risks associated with a project. Carrying out a PIA is good practice and a useful tool to help CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd as Data Controller to comply with protection law. This will help to improve the design of your project and enhance your communication about data privacy risks with relevant stakeholders. Some of the benefits of conducting a DPIA are as follows:
Data Protection by design means embedding data privacy features and data privacy enhancing technologies directly into the design of projects at an early stage. This will help to ensure better and more cost-effective protection for individual data privacy.
Data Protection Officer (DPO)
A DPO will be appointed to:
The DPO will report to the highest level of management at CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd. Sufficient resources will be provided to the DPO to enable them to meet their GDPR requirements.
Direct marketing can be described as the communication (by whatever means) of any advertising or marketing material which is directed at particular individuals. Consent is central to the rules on direct marketing and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will strive to obtain an individual’s consent before sending any marketing material. To be valid, consent must be knowingly and freely given, clear and specific. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will keep a clear record of what has been consented to, when are where this consent has been obtained so that compliance may be demonstrated in the event of a complaint.
The clearest way of obtaining consent is to invite the customer to tick an opt-in box confirming that they wish to receive marketing messages via specific channels. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will strive, in conjunction with their IT Support, to ensure that communication involves a positive action on the part of the individual to consent to direct marketing. There will be a clear and positive statement explaining that the action indicates consent to receive marketing messages from CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd. Best practice is to provide an unticked opt-in box and invite the person to confirm their agreement by ticking. CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will ensure that the language used is clear and easy to understand.
The right to object to marketing is absolute and CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd must stop processing for these purposes when someone objects. This is so for business to business marketing.
Data Access Request (DAR) and Data Rectification or Deletion Requests (DRDR) – Procedures
Data Protection Training
All CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd employees that have access to Personal Data will have their responsibilities under this policy outlined to them as part of their staff induction training.
Further information and guidance can be obtained on the Data Protection Commissioner’s website www.dataprotection.ie.
In the course of its role as Data Controller, CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd engages a number of Data Processors to process Personal Data on its behalf. In each case, a formal, written contract is in place with the Processor, outlining their obligations in relation to the Personal Data, the specific purpose or purposes for which they are engaged, and the understanding that they will process the data in compliance with the Irish Data Protection legislation and the GDPR.
These Data Processors include:
– FBS Business Systems
– Pegasus Opera
– Finance Providers
– O’Carroll Crane Hire & Haulage
– Aqua Trans International Ltd.
– Gore Transport
This list may be amended as required.
Sending Personal Data Outside the EEA
Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the EEA unless that county or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will transfer personal data only where the organisation receiving the personal data has provided adequate safeguards. Individuals’ rights must be enforceable and effective legal remedies for individuals must be available following the transfer.
CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd will use Model Contract Clauses, Binding Contract Rules or Binding Corporate Rules for Processor or other contractual arrangements in order to establish adequate safeguards to protect the rights and provide remedies to Data Subjects where their data is transferred outside the EEA.
Data Protection Breach
Any loss of personal data in paper or digital format will be responded to and managed in accordance with CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd data Security Breach Procedures and in compliance with the provisions set out in the Data Protection Commissioner’s personal data Security Breach Code of Practice and available at https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Data_Security_Breach_Code_of_Practice/1082.htm
It is essential that all incidents (including suspected incidents) which give rise to the risk of unauthorised disclosure, loss, destruction or alteration or personal data are reported without delay to the DPO.
Incidents can include:
A data protection breach can happen for a number of reasons, including:
In the event of a data breach happening, the DPO must be notified immediately. it must not be assumed that someone else has already notified the breach.
The breach should be notified using a Personal Data Security Breach Form set out in Appendix 1 of this policy.
The DPO will assess the breach and make a decision on the next steps to be taken.
After a review of the breach by the DPO, if the data breached affects the rights of a data subject, the DPO will inform the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of the breach within 72 hours of CMS Chemstore Engineering Ltd becoming aware of the breach.
A summary of any data breach that occurs, containing the facts relating to the personal data breach, its effects and the remedial action taken, will be recorded in a log maintained by the DPO.
Chemstore is proud to introduce the world’s first DNV2.7-2 certified hazardous materials safety store. The Firevault module is a next generation design that will drastically reduce risk, downtime, and liability when working with hazardous materials in zoned areas on an offshore rig.
The DNV2.7-2 Firevault is the only Module Type 5 Functional Group 6 (Flammable Material/Paint Store) available to the Global Oil & Gas sector that allows the Duty Holder to be compliant with DNV2.7-2, the HSE Safety Case Regulation 2015, PFEER 2015 and DSEAR 2002 and meets the needs of the HID Regulatory Model by mitigating or preventing major hazard risks with flammables offshore.
The Firevault provides seamless management of hazardous materials in the most critical environments backed by Chemstore Connect, a powerful software platform for the management of hazardous materials. The Firevault is designed to increase the safety, productivity and profitability of your offshore operations.