3 key isolation controls for managing hazardous chemicals

Isolating your hazardous chemicals from workers and incompatible substances is an important risk control measure and critical to worksite safety. In this blog we outline three different isolation controls which can help you meet the requirements of the WHS Regulations to minimise chemical hazards with suitable risk controls. Segregating chemicals into hazard classes and then separating them by distances of at least 3-5 metres is a simple isolation control, and required by a number of Australian Safety Standards as well as the ADG Code. Toxic, flammable, corrosive, and oxidising substances, plus organic peroxides and compressed gases all have minimum separation distances between the chemical and incompatible substances, site boundaries, and protected places.

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APAC Chemical is a world class chemical distributor and manufacturer of food additives, agriculture raw materials, and specialty chemicals. We have been recognized over the years for providing exceptional customer service, quality products, international supply chain management, as well as local American warehousing. We also work with multinational companies across 6 continents.

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Demographics are reshaping petrochemicals trade flows, investment patterns and demand

Article | July 14, 2022

TEN YEARS AGO, fellowblogger Paul Hodgesand Ifirst highlighted the leading rolethat changing demographics would play in reshaping petrochemicals supply and demand. We have been emphasising the importance of demographics ever since. Demographics have, of course, always been a critical shaper of economies throughout human history. But during the last 70 years, there have been such major changes in demographics that the study of demographics must be at the very heart of your company’s strategy. The Babyboomer generation in the West led to a surge in demand as the rapid increase in babies born in the 1950s and early 1960s joined the workforce from the 1970s onwards. This helps explain high levels of inflation during that decade because too much demand was chasing too little supply. Another driver of inflation was the Middle East embargos against oil exports to the West because of the West’s support for Israel. Then came the 1990s and first the integration of Eastern Europe into the global economy. This helped dampen inflationary pressures because of the plentiful supply of workers in the east willing to work for low wages in export-focused factories. This reduced the cost of finished goods in the West. Next came Deng Xiaoping’s critically important“southern tour”in the early 1990s and China’s gradual integration into the global economy. China increasingly leveraged its very youthful population to again make cheap goods to export to the West. Hundreds of millions of young people were willing to migrate from the countryside to China’s coastal cities to work in export-focused manufacturing plants. The world began to talk about the “China price” and how it was further depressing global inflation.

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Pandemic’s third wave seems unlikely to damage global petrochemicals demand

Article | July 13, 2021

Petrochemical stocks plunged worldwide on 19 July ahead of the Q2 earnings season. The declines were consistent with those in economically sensitive sectors such as steel, copper, automotive and housing,” wrote my ICIS colleague, Joseph Chang, in this Insight article.

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Chemical Technology

Petrochemicals markets complexity is only going to grow and grow

Article | June 6, 2022

NICE WORK, if you get can get it. A trucking company in Fort Worth, Texas, is offering to pay experienced drivers $14,000 a week – $728,000 a year – as the US struggles with a nationwide shortage of truckers or lorry drivers. This reminds me of perhaps an apocryphal tale, from the height of the last Australian mining boom. Before iron ore prices collapsed in late 2014, there was a story about workers at mining site road junctions who operated manual “Stop and Go” signs. They were said to be earning more than Australian dollar (A$) 200,000 a year. Before you pack in your job as, say, a petrochemicals sales manager and head to Texas or mine sites in Western Australia, there is the risk that when you arrive at the door of your new prospective employer, the bubble might have already burst. This is assuming we are in bubble conditions.The pressure is clearly building in petrochemicals and other commodity markets as prices in some regions remain at record highs or continue to rise. Today’s prices are the results of shortages of commodities supply (for example in petrochemicals, an outcome of the US winter storms), very strong demand and supply chain disruptions.I am beginning to believe that the latter is the biggest reason for commodity price inflation which is feeding through into sharp rises in the cost of finished goods – and a lack of goods availability. It is delivering and manufacturing enough stuff that seems to be at the heart of today’s problems due to shortages of everything from container freight space and semiconductors to wooden pallets, tin cans, metal drums, cardboard – and US truck drivers.

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Survey Report: The State of Intelligent Operations in Oil and Gas

Article | June 11, 2021

Intelligent Operations can play a vital role in creating connected content environments, however, many companies – especially within oil and gas – having been slow on the uptake. Businesses that implement digital transformation initiatives often gain a competitive advantage over their rivals, as they benefit from reductions in human error, increases in productivity and further support for compliance efforts. This report, produced in collaboration with OpenText, dives into the results of our Intelligent Operations in Oil and Gas Survey 2020, revealing where the industry is in terms of its adoption of Intelligent Operations and the hurdles it needs to overcome to truly embrace digital platforms and solutions.

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APAC Chemical is a world class chemical distributor and manufacturer of food additives, agriculture raw materials, and specialty chemicals. We have been recognized over the years for providing exceptional customer service, quality products, international supply chain management, as well as local American warehousing. We also work with multinational companies across 6 continents.

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Storage Tank Explosion Rocks Arkansas Chemical Facility

Powder & Bulk Solids | June 03, 2019

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