Battery & Critical Equipment Stores – Electrovault

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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:

  • Atex Rated Temperature control
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Atex Rated Gas detection systems
  • Fire Rated (including all Atex internal electrical components where required)
  • Atex Rated Humidity Control
  • Atex Lighting
  • Remote monitoring systems
  • FIFO control operations
  • LIFO control operations
  • Fire-rated and segregated Quarantine areas
  • Restricted access control
  • Fully automated extraction systems

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.

If you would like to read about our latest product Thermovault please click here

Corrosive IBC Store – 64 DSD Corvault – Case Study

Corrosive IBC Store – Corvault with Roller Racking

The client was restricted with the final position for the units. This only allowed access to the units from one side. With this in mind double depth, corrosive IBC store units with roller racking systems in a 64 DSD Corvault were proposed. 

The result for the was 2 identical purpose-built units which fitted perfectly into the required space. These units allowed for the client to store all the materials in a neat tidy format. The stores also reduced the client’s risk of accidental spillage due to an impact from forklift trucks etc. 

The delivery of the Corvault units was fully supervised by ChemstoreThe units were positioned & secured in their final position by Chemstore Engineers.

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If you think a Corvault is the solution for your problem then check out our Corvault range by clicking here, or contact one of our sales engineers by contacting them on Live Chat in the bottom left of your screen or view our contact information here.

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The client had requirement to store IBC of waste materials prior to collection.
A site visit was requested by the client to explore the options available to store the materials.
Also to identify the best area to position the units within plant.

Our Design Engineering Declan O’Connor attended site.   

walkthrough was carried out with the client. The typical items to be stored in the unit were identified &  a number of areas the units could be positioned were identified.

Chemstore Joins NISO

Chemstore is proud to join NISO

 

 

About the National Irish Safety Organisation

Image depciting Chemstore's membership of NISO

 

NISO Mission Statement:

 

“To create the conditions where Irish workplaces are among the safest and healthiest in Europe through;

  • the provision of leading information, advisory and training services.
  • The promotion of a culture of excellence in workplace health and safety.
  • Playing a leading role in advancing the national health and safety agenda.
  • Helping members develop a culture of health and safety in their workplace.”

 

Chemstore are excited to partake in the many events planned in 2020 including the;

  • National Safety Conference
  • The All Ireland Safety Quiz
  • We will also be entering the safety awards

Find out more here by visiting Niso Events

 

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Chemstore Joins NISO

SafetyHub – Spill Kit Station

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.

You can view our full products page here.

 

Customisation Options

SafetyHub can be fully customised to your specifications, requirements include:

  • Cabinet
  • Spill Kit
  • Backboard
  • Upper Backboard

 

All come in a choice of either red, green or yellow.

For more information about SafetyHub contact one of our sales team by clicking here.

Chemstore Proud to Introduce LIT Scholarship Programme

Chemstore LIT Scholarship

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.

Read the full press release from Limerick Institue of Technology here. To view our full product range click here.

 

Court Orders 1.6 million Pay-Outs for Historic Spill

Following a large fine and huge clean-up costs, a dry-cleaning business in Ontario, United States were taught an expensive lesson on environmental protection and compliance following a chemical spill.  The following article will investigate exactly what happened and the lessons that need to be learned going forward for companies.

Ontario Superior Court in March instructed the corporation responsible for the spill of dry cleaning solvents from 1960-1974 to pay compensation $1,632,500 for remediation costs and $201,700 for expert costs. (Huang V Fraser Hillary’s Limited) The court ruled Huang V Fraser Hillary’s Limited (Dry Cleaners adjacent to Mr Huang’s properties) guilty of the spill of dry cleaning solvents which resulted in the damage of neighbouring property.

Mr Huang after learning of the contamination of soils and groundwater in the surrounding area of his two properties, decided to take legal action. Tetrachloroethylene & Trichloroethylenewere the substances identified to have caused this contamination.

The court found that for fourteen years these substances were allowed to seep into the ground through dry cleaning filters and the dry cleaning sump in the basement. Also, the chemicals in question were stored in cardboard boxes at the rear of the property and would remain there until the weekly garbage collection. It was also found that the dry cleaners took no steps to solve this problem. In 1974 Fraser Hillary’s Limited installed new dry cleaning machines. The modern technology in these machines resulted in the elimination for potential spills.

 

Spill Contamination

In 2002, it came to Mr Huang’s attention that his properties had suffered substantial damage. Through an environmental consulting firm Mr Huang ordered a site assessment of one of Fraser Hillary’s Limited properties which he was contemplating on buying. The assessment found moderate to high levels of contaminants.

When testifying Mr Huang claimed that because of the contamination his bank refused to provide him with the required funds and refusal to renew his existing mortgage. Also, he added that due to the damages he was unable to develop the properties in question in their present condition and once the issues are addressed he intends to proceed with development plans.

 

Description of chemicals

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) & Trichloroethylene (TCE): Both colourless liquid substances which are highly volatile and toxic. The substance is hazardous to the aquatic environment. Both have a risk of explosion when in contact with other chemicals such as alkali metals, aluminium and alkali hydroxide. The main intake pathways for are via the respiratory tract and through the skin.

 

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Decision of the court

“Section 99 of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act provides for a civil cause of action between private parties, allowing recovery of any loss or damage incurred as a result of, among other things, the spill of a pollutant, from the owner of the pollutant and the person having control of the pollutant. Both the “owner of the pollutant” and the “person having control of the pollutant” are defined in relation to the time immediately before the first discharge of the pollutant”. (Ontario.ca)

 

Even though there was no existing statutory right to compensation for private individuals at the time during which the spills were occurring, the court held that recovery under section 99(2) was still possible because:

  • It was not clear that its application would constitute retroactivity.
  • The presumption against retrospective application is inapplicable where a provision is designed to protect the public.
  • Any presumption against retroactivity is rebutted in this case by the clear intention of the legislature.

The Court found that section 99(2) was intended to provide for compensation now any spill, not simply those that occur after the legislative provision came into effect, and consequently found the defendant corporation liable to the plaintiff as “the owner of the pollutant and the person having control of the pollutant” immediately before it was spilled. (Lexology)

 

The experts confirmed that the substances found in the ground water and soil were from dry cleaning solvents. The court awarded costs to Mr Huang that involved isolating the source of contamination with a permeable reactive barrier and treating Mr Huang’s properties with injections of zero valent iron over an eight to ten-year period.

 

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Recommendations

It is clear that Fraser Hillary’s Limited failed to monitor and inspect the environmental and structural integrity of their properties for an extended period of time. Several steps could have been taken to prevent such an incident.

 

Sump (Bund) Maintenance & Integrity Testing

Fraser Hillary’s Limited should have regularly been testing their sump system to make sure it was holding and draining the waste appropriately.

 

Filter Replacement/Servicing

Filters should have been regularly serviced and replaced when necessary. The appropriate storage units should have been present to house these highly hazardous materials.

 

Housekeeping/Facilities Management

It is imperative that all machinery used in a business is inspected and tested on an annual basis. This would prevent the environmental damage but also as a protocol for the safety and well being of the employees operating the machines daily.

As per the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

  • All rooms and equipment have to be cleaned regularly.
  • Use protective equipment while cleaning if necessary.
  • Only conduct maintenance and other work on or in the vessel or closed spaces after obtaining written permission.
  • Only work with vessels and lines after they have been thoroughly rinsed.

 

Risk Assessment

Fraser Hillary’s Limited should have used the following basic steps.

Identify the hazards: In this case Fraser Hillary’s Limited should have identified that the chemicals used on a day to day basis were hazardous. Therefor, should have had the appropriate measures in place to prevent these chemicals from being exposed to the environment.

Determine the level of the risk: Fraser Hillary’s Limited should have estimated how likely the hazard is to cause harm and what the harm is likely to be.

Decide on the control measures: in this case Fraser Hillary’s Limited should have had their sump system tested regularly and filters used should have been regularly serviced and replaced when necessary.(HSA.ie)

If you would like to get more information about how to avoid hazardous chemical spills then contact one of our sales engineers today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemstore Group to visit the Benelux Pharmaceutical Conference & Networking Event in Antwerp

Chemstore Group is proud to announce that we will be attending the Benelux Pharmaceutical Conference & Networking Event in Antwerp on the 20th of April.

The event specifically focuses on the capabilities of Irish companies supplying to the European pharmaceutical industry. Chemstore’s attendance will give us the opportunity to connect with decision makers within the Benelux pharmaceutical industry.

We hope to gain from the conference in terms of experience, knowledge and to developing our network. By doing so this will allow us to serve our clients even better.

The event will consist of a knowledge seminar, followed by 1:1 meetings, and a networking dinner.

Chemstore Appoints AllMaritim AS as its Preferred Partner in Norway.

Chemstore is pleased to announce the appointment of AllMaritim as its Preferred Partner for the Norwegian market.

Both companies will work together to deliver Chemstore’s industry leading hazardous materials storage systems to clients across a variety of industry sectors in Norway where AllMaritim has a proven reputation and track record.

Speaking at the appointment Neil O Carroll, Chemstore CEO commented; “We are delighted with this announcement. The oil and gas sector is one where there exists a definite value proposition for our products and AllMaritim is a recognised key supplier to this industry in Norway with an established client base. I also believe that AllMaritim provides a close cultural fit to Chemstore and look forward to working together to build our business in that region.”

 Already a leading supplier in the UK and Ireland this appointment represents another significant development in Chemstore expanding its reach into mainland Europe. Increasingly stringent environmental and safety regulations continue to drive the need for organisations to improve how hazardous materials are stored and managed. Chemstore’s Firevault range of products provide clients with a state of the art suite of solutions to address these risks across a wide variety of applications.

Pictured at the signing of the Distribution Agreement are Neil O’ Carroll, Chemstore CEO and Ann-Heidi Leine, Sales Manager AllMaritim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commenting on their appointment, AllMaritim Managing Director Trond Dale said; “We believe that Chemstore’s products will add substantially to AllMaritim’s existing proposition to customers. We are particularly strong in the oil and gas sector where our spill response and recovery solutions are well established. We are excited about the opportunities in this and other sectors where we are active such as construction, mining and also pharmaceuticals.

Chemstore made history in 2015 with the launch of its DNV 2.7-2 certified Firevault product specifically for demanding offshore oil and gas applications. It became the first Irish supplier of HazMat storage systems to receive ISO 9001 accreditation in 2012. The company has expanded its manufacturing capacity on two occasions and now operates from a 15,000m2 facility in Limerick, Ireland.

2017 promises to be another exciting year in the company’s growth and development with additional significant product launches planned, and further expansion of its global footprint into overseas markets.

About Chemstore

Headquartered in Ireland Chemstore is a recognised leader in the manufacture of storage systems for hazardous materials and mission critical equipment. Over its 23-year history the company has grown to establish leadership positions in Ireland and the UK with a blue-chip client base across a wide variety of sectors including oil & gas, heavy industry, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and petrochemical. The company operates a manufacturing facility and sales operation in Ireland, with UK sales managed from its subsidiary in London.

About AllMaritim

AllMaritim AS is a leading supplier to the international oil spill response industry and has been active in this sector since 1988. Today the company is recognized in more than 30 countries as providing industry leading oil spill response and recovery solutions to customers. AllMaritim AS is supported by two main manufacturers, NOFI Tromsø AS and Noren Bergen AS who supply a complete range of complementary products comprising oil containment booms and oil recovery systems, respectively. AllMaritim is a proud supplier of products that have made a difference over 25 years.

 

Contact Details for Press & PR Enquiries:

Chemstore Engineering Ltd:                              AllMaritim AS:

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T: +353 061 327 792                                             T: +47 5533 6160

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Chemstore were delighted to be exhibiting the Firevault brand and representing Ireland with a host of other great companies at ADIPEC 2016 in Abu Dhabi

Chemstore continued a brilliant working relationship with Enterprise Ireland this week and were delighted to be exhibiting at ADIPEC 2016.

The Irish pavilion stand organised by Rachel Kouyoumdjis, Enterprise Ireland’s market adviser in Abu Dhabi provided a fantastic platform for six Irish companies to present offerings to the Oil & Gas market in the region.

It was Chemstore’s second time exhibiting after a very successful show in 2015. This year proved no different as the company was able to meet with key people from global companies in the Oil & Gas industry such as Halliburton, ADNOC and Technip to name a few.

In a depressed Oil & Gas market it was refreshing to hear of the opportunities available for the Firevault brand in an Opex and maintenance spending market and the future looks very promising for the product range in the UAE.

It was also a fantastic opportunity to meet with the Irish Ambassador for the UAE Patrick Hennessy and hear his valuable insight on market conditions in the region and also where the opportunities exist.

 

Shane O’Carroll (Chemstore) speaking to ADIPEC TV

 

Irish Ambassador for the UAE Patrick Hennessy speaks to ADIPEC TV.

 

 

The expert guide to safe storage of hazardous materials in laboratories.

Introduction

 

From speaking to our existing clients we repeatedly hear of uncertainty and lack of clear information and guidance on how to identify, quantify and alleviate the risks with hazardous materials in the workplace. Without accurate information we understand it makes it difficult to prepare for the risks and to be aware of what hazards are currently in your workplace.

With that in mind, we are here to enable you with the right information and tools to eliminate the risk.

The following guidance document will make it clear what steps you need to take to create a safe and compliant laboratory.

The use of hazardous and volatile materials is part of daily processes in the majority of labs in universities, research facilities and production plants worldwide. It is currently not feasible to avoid the use of hazardous materials and what is often neglected is unsafe storage of these materials. Improper storage of these materials creates a prominent risk to human life, the environment and the business itself.

 

 

 

We have broken down this process down into 4 areas:

 

 

  1. Risk Assessment

  2. Segregation of incompatible materials

  3. Storage of flammable materials

  4. Emergency preparedness and planning

 

 

 

 

1.Risk Assessment

 

Labs across all areas of industry that haven’t undergone an adequate hazardous material storage assessment exhibit common shortcomings. There is often no defined storage system which determines risks with each type of material present in the lab. Such facilities have the following unsafe storage systems and practices:

 

–        Chemicals stored on lab worktops, benches and the floor

–        Materials stored on structurally fragile shelves and above eye level.

–        Not enough storage space for the hazardous material containers

–        Unsafe containers used to store materials e.g. wooden cupboards

–        Gas Cylinders located internally within a lab unnecessarily

–        Flammables not stored in fire rated cabinets

–        Excessive quantities of flammables stored internally within a lab

–        Absence of inventory or stock management system for chemicals in the lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips:

 

  • Planning and forecasting for the exact activities and work that will be carried out in the lab should be documented in advance of the activities beginning. E.g. Distillation, HPLC, GC.
  • Identification of each material that will be used in each process is imperative before the work begins.
  • Quantification of the amount of each material you will require: no more or less than required should be present in the lab at one time.
  • One of the most important checks you need to make is that you have access to the SDS (Safety Data) sheets for each material. The SDS sheets will provide critical information for any material used in your process and the hazards associated.
  • It is a legal requirement under REACH regulations (EC) No. 1907/2006 that the manufacturer/supplier of the materials provide each SDS to you. For best practice you should consult the data sheets for each material before it is stocked in your laboratory.
  •  Once you have identified all of the above it will the enable you to begin assessing the risks that all operators in your lab will be exposed to and how to best mitigate those risks.

 

 

 

2.Segregation of incompatible materials

 

Our team often find when meeting our clients on site that one common practice is forgotten in laboratories. There is often one designated area/cabinet or container for all hazardous materials to be stored internally. Flammables, Oxidisers, Toxic and Corrosive liquids to name a few will be stored together.

Incompatible chemicals need to be segregated according to the hazard classes of each material. This is as important as with an adequate segregation scheme adverse reactions between incompatible chemicals such as oxidisers and flammables can be avoided.

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Tips:

–  When developing a segregation scheme for chemicals in the lab, your first point to check should be section 2 of the SDS sheets ‘ Hazards Identification ‘

–  Ensure you have adequate space in your facility to allow for safe segregation and storage of each class of material.

– Some materials will have more than one hazard associated. In this case you should always identify the address the most prominent risk first.

e.g. Dimethlychlorosilane is both flammable and corrosive. In this case it would be best practice to address the flammable risk as a priority.sds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Storage of flammable materials

 

There is no doubt that the biggest area for concern our team always highlight with clients is the lack of awareness when storing flammable liquids internally. When carrying out a risk assessment of your laboratory and the hazardous liquids you are using and storing, you should immediately identify the flammable materials. Once you have documented an accurate list, you should then quantify in litres how much flammable materials you absolutely need to store internally in your laboratory.

It is now a legal requirement that flammables must be stored in safety storage cabinets that satisfy the requirements of EN 14470-1.

We would also like to reiterate that where possible the quantities of flammables be kept to a minimum.

Please watch the following video that will certainly portray how the negligent handling and storage of flammable liquids could have serious consequences. Risk is always present when handling and storing flammable liquids, so be the one to act and not react after it’s too late!

 

 

 

 

4.Emergency preparedness and planning.

 

If you neglect the above safety procedures when handling and storing hazardous materials in your lab that you are exposing your employees, the public and the environment to untenable risks.

 

  • Insurance in many cases will become void if a fire or explosion occurs in your facility.
  • The company and its owners will be liable for any damage to persons, property and the environment.
  • Damage to your facility could cause long downtime and incalculable effects to the company’s reputation.

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In order to create the safest possible environment in your laboratory the final step you need to take is to create an emergency response plan in the event an accident occurs.This plan should be carefully written and shared with all employees. All tier 1 organisations are legally required produce an emergency response plan to the local    authorities as part of COMAH Regulations 2015.

Emergency response plans need to be prepared addressing all four areas above in detail including accident scenarios with the hazardous materials present in you laboratory.  Once this emergency response plan has been drafted and approved by the certified body in your organisation, an open correspondence should be opened with the local emergency services and the Health & Safety authorities detailing this plan.

Conclusion

 From gathering extensive feedback from our valued client base and extensive research carried out throughout our 23 years in business, we are constantly striving to provide our clients with the tools and knowledge to eliminate the risks associated with hazardous material storage in industry.

A key strength of Chemstore throughout its history has been anticipating and responding to the needs of our clients. Increasing the level of safety in your workplace is where our work begins. We will enable you to reduce risk, liability and downtime on your site. We will take your business beyond the legal requirements for health & safety and social responsibility in your organisation.