Tech Article: Handling Hazardous Chemicals

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Butadiene. Xylene. Toluene. Sulfuric acid. Potassium hydroxide. Even the names of these hazardous chemicals sound dangerous. In addition to potentially harming the health of humans and the environment if mishandled, they have another thing in common: they are very expensive to produce. That’s why manufacturers, processors, shippers and distributors of highly hazardous, high-value chemicals enter into a tacit agreement with their employees, the environment and bank accounts: these incredibly volatile and valuable fluids must be handled with the utmost care, from the manufacturing plant through the railcars and tanker trucks that ship them and the bulk-storage facilities that house them, lest any damage be done to any of their constituent parties…

By David Morrow, Director of Product Management, OPW Engineered Systems


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