Protective Tank Linings and Containment – Safeguard People, Products, Operations and the Environment
Protective tank linings serve multiple containment purposes for chemical storage and other hazardous materials. Blair Rubber Co. offers a wealth of experience supplying protective linings for tanks of all sizes and for the proper containment of most types of chemicals. Protection has to cover not just the contents of the tank, but the surrounding area, your employees, nearby capital equipment and structures, the community at large and the environment.
- Worker health and safety should be the first priority above any equipment considerations. Controlling their exposure to chemical hazards and toxic substances begins with attaining a thorough knowledge of the substances that need containment and the most effective materials to perform this task. Blair Rubber Co. can supply guidance and direction for proper tank lining materials. The right containment is just one vitally important step to help protect employees. Employers must follow OSHA regulations and can find out more about them at: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardoustoxicsubstances/control.html
- Proper containment will also help protect the environment. Glaring reminders of the potential dangers can be found in any number of past news stories. A chemical leak or reaction could issue toxic substances into the air, ground or water and surrounding community. If chemicals leak into the water table they can kill off food sources and change local or regional ecologies. Almost all nuclear waste is hazardous due to its radioactivity and improper storage can cause irreparable damage to both people and the environment. Protective tank linings can help prevent actual tragedies and save literally millions in clean-up costs.
- Tank contents need to be protected from contamination. While our lining products’ primary purpose is to protect the tanks themselves from corrosion, there can be chemicals that react to contact with the outside container that can contaminate the tank contents or change its nature. Proper containment protects tank contents and keeps the substances free from contamination.
The vessel or tank
- Again, the primary job of our rubber tank linings is to protect the tank or vessel from corrosion. Steel is the most common type of metal selected to build a tank and carbon steel, as the least expensive form of this material, can react with a lot of chemicals , causing corrosion. The proper rubber lining protects the steel from coming into contact with tank contents to keep the tank or vessel intact and suitable for service.
Neighboring equipment/machinery and buildings
- When the chemicals stored inside a tank come into contact with the tank or vessel walls and cause corrosion this can often lead to a leak or hole. Then fumes from the tank contents can then cause the adjoining building area to corrode and rust away. Anything nearby constructed of steel or similar material is subject to corrosion and could be damaged, requiring repair or replacement.
Most firms inspect their tank very infrequently or when there is an issue. An inspection of your protective tank lining every three to five years or sooner, based on chemical type and PM schedule, can help catch lining wear or abnormalities before a hole or leak occurs. Most tanks can be repaired or relined to extend the service life of an expensive piece of capital equipment. Ask us about the proper procedure and timing to inspect and potentially reline a tank or vessel. Contact us for more information at 800-321-5583.