Adhering to health and safety regulations is a primary concern of businesses when considering how to store large volumes of chemicals. To ensure safe storage and transportation of large volumes, businesses and organisations in the U.K. most frequently use storage vessels in the form of IBC tanks and chemical drums.
If you are struggling to decide precisely which of these storage solutions are best suited to your needs, read on to discover the key benefits, features, and uses of each type of chemical storage container.
IBC tanks are reusable vessels that are specifically constructed for the safe transport and storage of bulk liquids, including chemicals. Intermediate bulk containers are composed of a durable galvanised outer steel frame that protects an inner section of high-density polyethylene. IBC tanks are stackable and they are typically mounted on a pallet for easy transportation using a forklift or a pallet jack.
The nature of the chemicals that can be stored in a given IBC tank depends on its packaging symbol. There are two symbols used to denote the type of chemicals that can be stored in IBC tanks:
Key Benefits of IBC Containers:
Intermediate bulk containers enable businesses to maximize the volume of liquid chemicals that can be stored in a given amount of space compared to chemical drums. This particular benefit is due to the cubic shape of the containers, which enables them to be stacked four-high.
IBC tanks are easy to load and unload because either a forklift or pallet jack can be used to complete both of these tasks in approximately twenty minutes. Unloading a truck with chemical drums is a more laborious task, which uses up valuable time that costs your business more money.
1000 Litres of chemicals can be stored in one IBC tank, which offers advantages in terms of eliminating waste while discharging and draining the containers. Five chemical drums are required to store the same amount of liquid as one intermediate bulk container; draining five containers inevitably leads to more waste.
In a world where businesses increasingly emphasize environmentally sustainable solutions, IBC containers offer an eco-friendly way to store chemicals. The composition of IBCs is such that they are fully recyclable; containers that have come to the end of their service life can be reprocessed into other useful products.
Chemical drums are cylindrical containers used for safe shipping and storing of bulk chemicals, among other hazardous substances. Chemical storage drums are typically composed of one of three types of material: steel, fiber (paperboard), or plastics. Steel drums are the most popular choices for storing chemicals because they are more resistant to a disparate variety of corrosive chemicals.
There are two common types of chemical drums:
Key Benefits of Chemical Drums:
Steel chemical drums are extremely durable and are non combustible. These traits make steel drums ideal containers for storing chemicals because a strong storage container is of utmost importance for health and safety as well as ensuring no chemicals spillages occur in the workplace.
Chemical drums are frequently cleaned and restored to a usable condition before being used again to store more chemicals or other materials.
Businesses that need to store a large variety of chemicals in smaller volumes benefit from chemical drums because of their lower storage capacity compared to IBC containers. Each type of chemical can be easily labelled and stored by type in drums, without wasting space on half-full IBC tanks.
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