Vinyl Chloride Handling Design, Loading, and Installation.

Vinyl Chloride (C2H3CI), also referred to as vinyl chloride monomer, or chloroethene is a colorless, extremely flammable gas that evaporates very quickly. It’s used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, wire coatings, vehicle upholstery, wall & floor coverings, and plastic kitchenware.

Vinyl Chloride is transported via rail or truck as a liquefied gas under its own vapor pressure. 

In the United States, Vinyl Chloride is a “tight-fill” (closed-loop) loading operation and is top-loaded into trucks or rail cars via chemical hoses or stainless steel loading arms with vapor recovery. Vinyl Chloride is a known carcinogen, and if not handled properly can be fatal so full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. Additionally, because operators are on top of the vehicles during the loading process, fall prevention is essential, not only for safety but increases throughput.

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