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Corrosive Chemicals Storage and Risk Management

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11-Apr-2012 02:01 PM

Lisa

Posts: 1

Hi there!

I am trying to ascertain the chemical storage needs of the business I work for. We have an indoor swimming pool which requires ph Decreaser (containing Hydrochloric Acid) and Liquid Chlorine to be used on a regular basis and stored onsite.

What special storage provisions are required for these corrosive substances? Are we required to have a spill kit in the area where the chemicals are stored?

Thanks so much!

Lisa

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13-Apr-2012 08:41 AM

Barry Boné

Posts: 14


Lisa,

Storing and Handling Dangerous Goods always requires extra care. In your case you have two chemicals that, although they are used together in treating the pool water, they should be kept apart as they are incompatible. Hydrochloric Acid is a Class 8 Corrosive Substance and should be kept in a special purpose Class 8 Corrosive Cabinet especially if the storage is of commercial quantities. If you only have one 20 litre container it can be kept in an identified area on a plastic spill tray however if you have more than one it is prudent to have it locked away.

Chlorine is generally kept in larger quantities and can be kept in a bunded compound made for the purpose or on bunded pallets. Again it depends on the quantity in storage but a separation distance of three metres is generally considered sufficient to avoid cross-contamination or unwanted interaction.

 

Yes, you must have a spill kit (compatible with the substances  in use) and some heavy duty plastic bags in case of leakages or to store absorbed and swept up spills until they can be legally disposed of. You must also have  a Safety Shower/Eye Wash combo close by in case of chemical splashes and the correct Personal Protective Equipment which will include eye/face protection such as a face shield as well as gloves, long sleeves.

You must have and should refer to the current Material Safety Data Sheet from your reputable supplier for valuable information on storage and handling as well as first aid.

 

Isocyanuric Acid is another commonly used chemical in swimming pools that should be treated with the utmost respect and kept separated from other chemicals.

 

Barry Boné

Accredited Dangerous Goods Consultant

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