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Although no two Bromotrifluoromethane loading solutions will be identical, the product itself determines much of the critical design criteria that will ensure that optimum safety and productivity can work together in harmony.
What is Bromotrifluoromethane? Bromotrifluoromethane, commonly known as Halon 1301, R13B1, Halon 13B1 or BTM is a colorless, non-flammable gas primarily used for fire suppression.
In the United States, Bromotrifluoromethane or Halon is a “tight-fill” (closed-loop) loading operation and is loaded or unloaded into rail cars via chemical hoses or carbon steel loading arms. Bromotrifluoromethane, if not handled properly can be harmful and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. Additionally, because operators are on top of the vehicles during the loading process, robust, well-designed fall prevention is essential to ensure increased throughput, without compromising operator safety.
Bromotrifluoromethane is typically shipped in 26,000 gallon DOT-110 insulated or non-insulated tank cars or Ton Containers with safety valves and/or vents. 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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Typically, as a starting point, we will need to know answers to these questions for your project
- The Railcar connection locations need flexibility – Do you know what the breadbasket connections look like?
- Are you using liquid and vapor arms/hose as two separate devices or a piggyback arm?
- Is the loading station indoors or outdoors?
- Is the loading area temperature controlled?
- How are you going to spot your railcars
Our highly trained technical sales team will undertake a detailed site survey prior to undertaking any work to check and clarify all dimensions, obstructions, access issues and other salient points. Our challenge is to provide the safest working environment – protecting operators and the equipment – while simultaneously enabling you to improve throughput and productivity.
Your Project Needs
Whether you are looking for a turn-key installation, on-site supervision or a maintenance program, SafeRack is positioned to assist you. We can do as little or as much as you need. Our project management and supervision team is the best in the business at supporting your company’s needs.
- Collaborative Design – Our loading platform specialists will work with you one on one, if you design to design the best loading solution for your specific needs
- Contract review – drawings and associated documents relating to the contract prior to site arrival
- Risk Assessment – Undertaking a site risk assessment
- Shipment Inspection – Detection of any shipping damage or abnormalities
- Material Receiving – Supervised off-loading and transport at site
- Installation Management – Supervised Installations and Coordination
- Start-up & Commissioning – On-site training for both users and maintenance personnel
Generally speaking, SafeRack recommends rigid pipe loading arms where possible for the following reasons:
- Balanced throughout their movement envelope
- Designed not to hit the ground – protecting the asset and the operator
- Ergonomic – one man operation
- Fitted with manual or actuated valves.
- Fitted with optional purge/vent facilities
- Can be moved into position with ease and left hanging in the air while the operator prepares the tanker connection
- Parked neatly
- Annual pressure test
- Are difficult to stow neatly when not in use
- Can be dropped
- Can be driven over
- Are very heavy to use if fitted with a valve at the tanker connection point
- Cannot be easily heated or have vent/purge valves fitted to it
- Prone to catastrophic failure
Typical Bromotrifluoromethane Loading Platform
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Below are some of the loading and unloading solutions for illustrative purposes only. Our experts will work with you and your team for a custom solution to suit your needs.
Bromotrifluoromethane Loading Arms
Bromotrifluoromethane is typically loaded into railcars or tank trucks via boom supported carbon steel loading arms or chemical hoses with a flange connection. The arm or hose will have a top inlet with a control valve to ensure that it is self-draining after use and is supported along the length of a mechanical loading arm to improve handling; this is known as a by-pass arm. You can install one liquid and one vapor arm, or mount both the liquid and vapor hoses on one by-pass arm.
For unloading, typically you would use a rigid self-draining carbon steel loading arm with Viton seals or a chemical hose. Purge lines can be fitted to the arm, for nitrogen purging. Additional features such as parking latches with proximity sensors can be incorporated into the total system to ensure the arm is correctly stowed when not in use, before any rail movement can occur.
Loading Gangways and Safety Cages
A wider access gangway (48″-60″ is preferable) as it helps improve access and egress to and from the vessel. In addition, a wider gangway will reduce the risk of the operator’s PPE getting caught, torn or damaged, and will improve productivity and safety. Powered gangway solutions are also an option, with both hydraulic and pneumatic solutions being commonly used.
Each gangway will be fitted with a two-rail safety cage for the railcar crash box. This will be a centered 6’x6’ or 7’x8’ safety cage to sit directly over the cashbox. This will provide a safe, secure work environment for your operator when connected to their breathing apparatus.
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Bromotrifluoromethane Eye Wash/Drench Showers
ANSI guidelines state that an Eye Wash/Drench Showers need to be located 10 seconds or 55’ (16.8m) from contaminants or hazardous materials.
Eyewash stations need to be on the same horizontal plane with no obstructions.
Therefore, we would propose the installation of a standard combination Drench Shower/Eyewash Unit, which will save limited space and fit easily into any work environment.
Bromotrifluoromethane Spill Containment
Spill containment pans will be provided at the point of loading operations and is an essential piece of equipment in overall site safety and environmental protection
Bromotrifluoromethane is non-flammable gas; however industry best practice includes the grounding of all vessels before starting the (un)loading process.
- Ground controllers — ensure true grounding before product flow is permitted
- Explosion-proof enclosures — meet or exceed UL, CSA and Ex requirements
- Non-sparking tools are also recommended while working around this product
Bromotrifluoromethane Safety Gates
Safety gates are installed at the top of stairs and to protect openings to ensure operator and visitor safety at all times.
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- Lighting – For overcast days or second shifts, lighting is essential for improved safety and improved productivity on and around the loading platform.
- Platform & Canopies – Full platform canopies reduce exposure to the elements and improve safe and productive loading operations.
- Operator Shelter – Site requirements may call for an operator or guard building on the loading platform. This can be customized to meet site specifications.
- Wheel Chocks – Required by the Department of Homeland Security, railcar wheel chocks provide fast blocking of all types of railcars and meet OSHA regulations to safely prevent railroad cars from moving during loading or unloading operations.
Personal Protective Equipment PPE Requirements
Eye/Face Protection: Wear chemical safety goggles. A face shield (with safety goggles) may also be necessary.
Skin Protection: Wear chemical protective clothing e.g. gloves, aprons, boots. Coveralls or long sleeve shirts and pants in some operations. Wear a chemical protective, full-body encapsulating suit, and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Suitable materials include: Barrier® – PE/PA/PE, Silver Shield® – PE/EVAL/PE, Trellchem® HPS, Trellchem® VPS, Saranex®™, Tychem® BR/LV, Tychem® Responder® CSM, Tychem® TK.
Respiratory Protection: Up to 5 ppm:
(APF = 10) Any chemical cartridge respirator with cartridge(s) providing protection against chlorine*; or any supplied-air respirator*.
*Reported to cause eye irritation or damage; may require eye protection.
APF = Assigned Protection Factor
Recommendations apply only to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved respirators. Refer to the NIOSH pocket guide to chemical hazards for more information.
If necessary, use local exhaust ventilation and enclosure to control the amount of acetic acid in the air. Consider using a corrosion-resistant exhaust ventilation system separate from other ventilation systems. It may be necessary to use stringent control measures such as process enclosure to prevent product release into the workplace. Use backup controls such as double mechanical pump seals to prevent the release of this material due to equipment failure.
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Things to know about Bromotrifluoromethane
Bromotrifluoromethane is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and is classified as a non-flammable gas with the DOT identification number UN 1009.
Halons are nonconductors of electricity and can be used in fighting flammable liquids and most solid combustible materials. Halon is not effective on fuels containing their own oxidizing agents or highly reactive metals, such as sodium or potassium.
There are two (2) types of Halon (121 and 1301). Halon 121 is more commonly used in hand-held fire extinguishers because it discharges mostly as a liquid stream. On the other hand Halon 1301 discharges mostly as a gas, allowing it to penetrate behind obstacles and tight spaces, such as baffles and bulkheads.
Unfortunately, the EPA banned Halon fire extinguishers back in 1994 because it was determined to cause depletion in the ozone layers. However, properly maintained commercial systems were “grandfathered” and can remain in use. These include the aircraft industry and certain technology marketplaces.
Operators should wear approved PPE equipment including impervious clothing footwear, gloves, and safety glasses when handling this product.
Exposure to Halon includes throat, eye and nasal irritation, lightheadedness, and an increased heart rate. First aid measures for exposure include – removing operators from the source of exposure and into fresh air. If respiratory arrest occurs, provide artificial respiration or oxygen by trained personnel. Contact with skin may cause burns or frostbite, due to the rapidly expanding gas. Flush contaminated skin with plenty of water, and wash clothing before reuse.
Halon is a pressurized gas. In a fire or if heated the container may burst or explode. This chemical may also displace oxygen and cause rapid suffocation.
Best practice includes storing product in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances. Hazardous thermal decomposition products include the following: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, halogenated compounds and carbonyl halides.
Is your plant or facility compliant with ANSI, OSHA, and local safety codes? We can help!
EMERGENCY EYEWASHES / SHOWER EQUIPMENT AND THE ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 – 2014 STANDARD
Following eye contact, you must start washing with water immediately to prevent permanent damage. In the event of skin contact, you must start washing with water immediately to prevent slow-healing chemical burns.
Are you aware that ANSI guidelines state that Eye Wash/Drench Showers need to be located 10 seconds or 55′ from contaminates or hazardous materials and located on the same horizontal plane, with no obstructions? If bottom loading/unloading, an additional shower should be located at grade as well. SafeRack provides the above equipment plus much more needed to keep employees safe and expedite bulk chemical loading and unloading.
OSHA Regulation Experts – Does your existing chemical safety equipment or chemical loading systems meet OSHA’s latest requirements? SafeRack’s professional technical sales consultants are available to meet with your team to make recommendations to keep your facility in front of OSHA’s ever-changing country and region-specific standards and regulations, including lifeline and trolley beam fall arrest systems, metal stairs, and access platforms.
The SafeRack approach is a collaborative one. Let’s call it The SafeRack Way. We have, over many years amassed a great deal of experience and understanding of the safety aspects involved in loading road tankers and railcars, as well as the behavioral habits of the operators.
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