Chemical Storage: Should You Build or Buy Your Chemical Store?

| February 4, 2019

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A chemical store allows you to ensure that you are storing your chemicals safely in a manner which in turn reduces the risk of environmental pollution and risk to personnel. You can build a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ solution or you can purchase a bunded chemical store ‘off the shelf’ from a number of reputable manufacturers. Before you select your solutions there several important elements which you must consider when you wish to accommodate an on-site chemical store.

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