The Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) is the number one container for storing and shipping chemicals worldwide. IBCs are regarded as an economical way to transport thousands of litres of chemicals to all corners of the globe. They are compact and take up no more than the footprint of a standard shipping pallet.
Despite some obvious benefits, there is a downside to this versatile container. Regulatory bodies also target IBCs because they can be mishandled, resulting in spills that can contaminate the surrounding ground, including waterways. They can also be a cause of workplace injuries through skin and eye contact when emptying the chemicals.
Organisations such as Victoria’s EPA have developed and implemented liquid storage and handling guidelines to address specific issues around IBCs. These guidelines set out clear instructions on how to correctly store and handle these chemical containers for everyone’s safety.
Up until now, there has been a limited range of free-standing, all-weather units that can encase an IBC and at the same time provide safe and clean dispensing options.
Designed to address the challenges of IBCs
The introduction of the Polymaster Enclosed IBC Bund addresses all concerns around the IBC. Complete weather protection stops rain from entering the storage unit as the IBC is contained within an enclosed bund.
In the event of an IBC rupture, the unit would contain the entire contents within itself, preventing any chemical entering stormwater or the surrounding area as the design exceeds AS3780-2008: The storage and handling of corrosive substances binding requirements of 110 per cent.
Operators have free and easy access via outward swing doors. Each door has clear viewing panels so that an operator can see inside without putting themselves at risk in the event of a spill. The unique door design acts as a splash guard, ensuring no chemicals can exit the unit.
The wide-opening doors allow an IBC to be easily forklifted into position from either side or rear. Extra clearance on all sides of the opening is advantageous to outside storage where forklifts may be operating on uneven ground.
The Enclosed IBC Bund includes a built-in vent to expel gases and a 250L day tank for continuous dosing if incorporated into an in-line process.
The day tank has safe, quick connect/disconnect hoses to minimise spillage/ splashing and a sight tube for the operator. A mounted audible and visual low-level alarm can be viewed through viewing panels.
The front cabinet can either accommodate a fully customised dosing system or an off-the-shelf dispensing kit suggested by Polymaster that suits chemicals.
This partner content is brought to you by Polymaster. For further information on the Enclosed IBC Bund, contact the Engineered Solutions team at Polymaster on 1800 062 064, or visit www.polymaster.com.au/.