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UREA Handling Design Loading and Installation Experts
SafeRack takes worker safety very seriously and offers a full range of products and equipment designed specifically to reduce the risks associated with UREA transportation while improving loading and unloading throughput.
Operator and Environmental Safety – SafeRack has been providing safe, reliable platforms, handrails, and gangway solutions to the chemical industry for many years. From multifaceted fall prevention retrofits to new builds, SafeRack’s priorities are operator and environmental safety while still focusing on creating an efficient and productive solution that allows a significant return on investment.View Full Text
UREA Unloading and Loading Products
SafeRack provides the equipment needed to keep employees safe and expedite the loading and unloading of chemicals used in agriculture.
MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage
Many standard cage configurations available Units available for both truck and railcar applications Counterweighted design allows for smaller, less expensive drive components Pneumatic or...
Top Loading Arms
#1 in Emco Wheaton and OPW Loading Arms Coordination with Local Engineering, Vehicle Variables, Gangway and Fall Protection Ergonomic Designs and Innovative Technology Fluid Level Sensors...
Railcar Cage Safety Fall Protection
Helps Meet OSHA Requirements 4th Rail for Added Protection Made in the USA SafeRack helps bulk loading and unloading facilities protect their workers and, in...
SafeRack’s New GX Self-Adjusting Stair (SAS) Gangways
Revolutionary Power Assist System Another industry first – Lift, Lower & Lock in any position automatically with no manual lifting Powered Lift & lower system...
Railcar Loading Platforms & Fall Protection
Your Partner - Design and build turnkey railcar loading and railcar fall protection systems Complete Railcar Loading Systems - Available with pipe racks, cable trays, loading arms and...
Protects workers, products & terminals from static discharge Include heavy-duty, reliable grounding clamps Control enclosures are durable and explosion-proof Grounding systems are critical when loading and...
Polyethylene & Composite Railcar Track Pans
Both the polyethylene and composite railcar track pans offered by SafeRack are high flow rate track pans designed for larger spill containment systems. Cost-effective and easy...
Trolley Beam Fall Arrest Systems
Trolley Beam Fall Protection for Truck and Rail Fall Protection For One or Two Flatbed Trailers OSHA Compliant Components Reduces Fall Distances When Loading or...
Swing Gates – Industrial Safety Gates
YellowGate, SafeRack’s line of industrial safety gates is the most flexible product on the market. It’s able to cover openings between 16” and 36” and...
Custom Stairs and Work Platforms
Tailored Solution for Safe, Easy Access Designed to Improve Productivity Reduces Risk of Injury from Slips, Trips and Falls PerfectaStep provides configurable industrial stairs and...
Emergency Drench Showers and Safety Eyewash Stations
Eyewash stations, eye/face wash stations, drench showers, and combination showers. With a Variety of eye/face washdown bowl and safety shower options, we can find the perfect...
Urea Loading Solutions
Urea is produced in prills, granules, flakes, pellets, crystals, and solutions, but it is traditionally marketed as prills or granules. The choice of the commercial preferred form is normally associated with its application, solubility, and crushing strength.
Urea is a colorless liquid with a slight ammonia odor that is produced by combining urea, nitric acid, and ammonia into a liquid solution. Urea’s nitrogen content typically ranges from 28 to 32 percent. Farmers prefer Urea because it can be applied more uniformly than non-liquid forms of fertilizers. It can also be mixed with herbicides, pesticides, and other nutrients, enabling farmers to reduce costs by spraying once versus multiple applications. It also allows for improved safety versus anhydrous ammonia or dry ammonium nitrate. It’s easy to handle and apply accurately, plus it’s not likely to be stolen for illegal use.
Best practice loading/unloading includes: wearing chemical-resistant clothing, gloves, splash goggles to protect eyes and skin. While Urea itself does not pose an inhalation hazard, additional respiratory projection may be required to work with liquid or gaseous ammonia. Since the operators are basically regulated to wearing a restrictive chemical suit, SafeRack recommends the use of a wider gangway and an elevating safety cage for more ergonomic access and egress.
Typical Urea Loading Systems include*
Top Loading platform w/ half canopy Gangway
- 36”, 48” or 60” wide galvanized or stainless-steel access gangway
- optional pneumatic raise/lower vs. manual operation
- 7’- 0” x 8’- 0” two rail safety fall prevention safety cage
- Optional 9’-0” W x 15’-0” L four rail elevating cage
Loading Arm(s) – 3” SST Boom Supported Loading Arm
- Shut-off valve
- Parking sensor
Spill Containment Lighting Grounding System w/ Interlock Options like Operator Shelter, Windsock, Wheel Chocks… * For illustrative purposes only. Our experts will work with you and your team for a custom solution to suit your needs
Urea is commercially produced from ammonia and carbon dioxide and takes place in two reactions. The first reaction (exothermic) of liquid ammonia with dry ice produces an intermediate product called ammonium carbamate. The second reaction (endothermic) produces urea and water.
Urea solids are produced from the urea melt by two basic methods: prilling and granulation. Prilling is a process by which solid particles are produced from molten urea that is sprayed from the top of a prill tower. As the droplets fall through a counter-current air flow, they cool and solidify into nearly spherical particles.
Granulation is a method where solids are built in layers on seed granules that are placed in a rotating drum.
Personal Protective Equipment: Face shield. Gloves. Insufficient ventilation: wear respiratory protection. Protective clothing.
Physical State: Liquid
Urea is very corrosive to most metal surfaces. When not properly managed,Urea corrosion can cause serious damage to pumps, pipelines, storage tanks, and access equipment.
Urea is not flammable. Use water to extinguish a fire involving Urea if the water is compatible with the burning material.
Suitable Extinguishing Media: Water spray.
Unsuitable Extinguishing Media: Dry chemical, carbon dioxide, or regular foam.
Urea itself does not pose an inhalation hazard, however, the decomposition of Urea may produce nitrogen oxide and ammonia vapor. First aid includes immediate flushing of eyes or skin with tepid water for a minimum of 15 minutes, per ANSI guidelines. If lung irritation develops due to inhalation immediately remove the operator to fresh air and monitor. If irritation or pain persists, the operator should be taken to a health care facility.
OSHA occupational exposure limits (OEL) limits and more
Technical Measures: Proper grounding procedures to avoid static electricity should be followed. Comply with applicable regulations.
Storage Conditions: Store in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated place. Keep container closed when not in use. Keep in a fireproof place. Keep/Store away from combustible materials, extremely high or low temperatures, direct sunlight, ignition sources, incompatible materials.
Incompatible Materials: Strong acids. Strong bases. Strong oxidizers. Halogens (F, Cl, Br, I). Chlorine compounds, chlorinated inorganics (potassium, calcium and sodium hypochlorite), and hydrogen peroxides. Organic materials. Combustible materials.
Decomposition: When the water in Urea evaporates, residue may include solid ammonium nitrate and urea. When sensitized or during decomposition, solid ammonium nitrate may become unstable and/or explosive. Urea pumps operated with blocked discharge have been known to detonate.
When Urea is heated to decomposition it may produce vapors containing nitrogen oxides (NOX) and ammonia.
Incompatibilities: Urea will form nitrogen trichloride, which may be explosive when mixed with chlorine and hypochlorites. If Urea solution has been dehydrated to ammonium nitrate and urea, refer to the incompatibility/decomposition information for those chemicals. Urea will form urea nitrate when mixed with nitric acid at low pH. Urea nitrate may become unstable and/or explosive under certain conditions.
Urea is typically loaded into open trailers via load spouts inside a silo. Access to the top of a vehicle is usually not required
Urea is produced with a two-step process where the ammonia and carbon dioxide react to form ammonium carbamate which is then dehydrated to urea. In the process, ammonia and carbon dioxide are fed to the synthesis reactor which operates at 150 bar pressure at around 180-210oC. The reaction mixture containing ammonia, ammonium carbamate, and urea is first stripped of the ammonia and the resultant solution passes through a number of decomposers operating at progressively reduced pressures. Here the unconverted carbamate is decomposed back to ammonia and carbon dioxide and recycled to the reactor.
The urea solution is concentrated by evaporation or crystallization, and the crystals can be melted to yield pure urea in the form of prills or granules. Prills are made by spraying molten urea from the top of a high tower through a counter-current air stream. Granular urea is formed by spraying molten urea into a mixture of dried urea particles and fines in a rotating drum.
Urea processes fall into two categories: external solution recycle systems, and internal solution stripping systems. In the former, energy is saved by high carbon dioxide conversion rates while the latter reduces net energy requirements by optimizing heat recovery.
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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.
With the best intentions in the world, if a system is designed that is inconvenient or difficult to operate, it becomes the operator’s mission to bypass, abuse, and generally defeat that system. This could result in the (un)loading procedure being far more dangerous than no system at all.
To avoid this, SafeRack has developed industry-leading safe access solutions, seamlessly integrating loading arms and ancillary 3rd party equipment to be user friendly with the operation of loading becoming cleaner, more automated, and far safer.
From Scope Development to Installation and Training – SafeRack understands how proper training prolongs the life of your equipment, reduces long-term maintenance costs, and protects the safety of employees. From installation and commissioning through to long-term preventative maintenance programs, our Aftermarket Team offers a full menu of training options that can be tailored to suit your site needs.
North America’s largest loading terminal
World-leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of truck and railcar loading platforms
As one of the primary railcar loading points, Hardisty is one of the major crude oil hubs in North America and a major origination point of pipelines that export to the United States. SCS was asked to supply and construct a SafeRack crude oil loadout terminal spanning nearly half a mile. The USD Hardisty terminal can load up to two 120-railcar unit trains per day and consists of a fixed loading rack with 62 railcar loading positions enclosed, separate control, operator and mechanical buildings, as well as a unit train staging area and loop tracks capable of holding multiple unit trains simultaneously. SCS also supplied and installed boom-supported loading arms with supply and vapor management systems.
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Located in South Carolina