Benzyl Chloride Handling Design, Loading & Installation

The loading and unloading of benzyl chloride is complex and terminal solutions must be designed with the utmost care. Keeping operators safe in an efficient working environment while minimizing exposure risks and optimizing productivity is crucial.

What is Benzyl Chloride?

Benzyl chloride, also known as (chloromethyl) benzene is a corrosive, colorless liquid with a strong, irritating smell that can be toxic when exposed to skin, eyes, nose, and mouth. The chemical is commonly used in making dyes, plasticizers, drugs, lubricants, resins, and cosmetics.

In the United States, benzyl chloride is a “tight-fill” (closed-loop) loading operation and is loaded or unloaded into rail cars via chemical hoses or 316 stainless steel loading arms. Benzyl chloride, if not handled properly can cause serious injuries and personal protective equipment (PPE) is required. Additionally, because operators are on top of the vehicles during the loading process, high-quality, well-designed fall prevention is essential to ensure increased throughput, without compromising operator safety.

Benzyl chloride is typically shipped in 10,000 gallon DOT-103 insulated or non-insulated tank cars with safety valves.  The rails cars themselves are ~ 9′ outside diameter with an overall length of ~45’ to 55′, with a 6’ x 6’ center opening or off-set crash box openings.


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