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Run away in a storage tank

Published on 12/02/24 279 Views

At a pharma production location a storage tank with 45% chloro-acetaldehyde (CAA) released an HCl (Hydrogen chloride) cloud after CAA polymerised in a exothermic reaction. The pressure increase ruptured piping.

Ask yourself and your crew:

  • How can something like this happen here (e.g. on our site)?
  • What safety measures (i.e. procedures, controls/barriers) do we have in place to mitigate the risk?
  • How do we know the risk controls/barriers are working?
  • What improvements or changes should we make to the procedures, controls/barriers or the way we work?

Original material courtesy of the European Process Safety Centre