In 2019 the county of Houston and the state of Texas jointly filed suit in a county court against Mitsui & Co’s Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) alleging that violations of environmental laws were behind a massive fuel tank fire that burned there for days. This catastrophic event resulted in toxins being released into the atmosphere and surrounding waterways. Because we know that our customers strive to be responsible corporate citizens, we offer you the following five tips that can help minimize chemical exposure and promote workplace and public safety.
Inform supervisors of unsafe conditions:
If you see something that could cause harm to your fellow workers then remove the object if you are able to and inform your supervisor. Your supervisor is legally obligated to address and record your concerns. Doing so can make the overall workplace safer and protects the public as well.
Offer training and resources:
Never assume that your employees will know how to handle chemical spills and other kinds of emergencies. Hold frequent classes to instruct employees on how to respond in such cases. Also, make sure that they understand and follow the company’s SOPs for handling hazardous chemicals.
Inspect your equipment:
Make sure that the equipment you will use to either hold or transport hazardous materials is in good condition. Inspect tanks for cracks and other breaches and check the piping for leaks, etc. After all, even a fiberglass tank is not meant to last forever and small breaches could lead to major ruptures and/or fires.
Keep safety gear in sight:
Make sure that employees know where to find and how to access safety equipment such as visors, gloves, hazmat suits, etc. Moreover, be sure to dispose of any equipment that shows wear and tear and that may no longer be able to protect workers.
Have an escape plan in place:
Brief employees on your company’s escape plan so that they will know what to do in an emergency. Additionally, make sure that your plan is clearly posted throughout your facility.
Remember, the first line of defense against an accident is the enforcement of a safety plan and regular equipment inspection and maintenance practices. For more information about our chemical storage tanks, please visit our website at https://www.nationwidetankandpipe.com/.