You have heard it before – quality and upkeep of chemical hoses are critical to the safety and efficiency of your manufacturing facility. However, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes corners are cut in an effort to save month or time, or both. This puts both your plant and people are great risk to chemical exposure, not to mention production downtime and lost revenue. Checking your chemical hose compatibility, regular maintenance, and a trustworthy chemical hose supplier are the key elements to providing a safe and productive work environment.
Though a variety of chemical hoses are designed to deal with especially harsh chemical transfers while remaining resistant to abrasion and mild external chemicals, it is important to ensure your chemical hose is compatible with the materials used in your manufacturing. That’s why FlexFit Hose developed this chemical hose compatibility tool. It is advisable to test the hose tube prior to any application where dangerous products are concerned because the integrity of those hoses depend on how they were manufactured, and that you are using the proper chemical hose for your needs.
In 2010, Chemistry-Blog.com reported that a worker at a DuPort plant in West Virginia was exposed to the chemical phosgene, linked to a chemical hose that showed signs of fraying. Upon investigation, it was determined that the tragedy was the result of a series of equipment failures including poor maintenance, inadequate provisions for handling toxic materials, and a faulty alarm system. Science Blogs shared in early 2011 a detailed breakdown of the events that contributed to the fatality, including that the plant had rejected using a stronger hosing material,less vulnerable to chemical degradation.
While Material Test Reports (MTRs) and Pressure Test Certifications (PTCs) are included with every order, as part of our commitment to quality, tragic events such as this one emphasize how important it is to use a chemical hose compatibility tool, perform monthly quality checks, and work with a trusted vendor that has prioritized your safety and productivity over their profit.
1. When is the last time your chemical hoses were checked for fraying?
2. Are your chemical hoses showing signs of corrosion?
3. How often does your plant replace your chemical hoses?
4. Have you checked the chemical hose compatibility against the chemicals you are using with it?
5. Does your chemical hose supplier test the chemical hoses and guarantee their quality?
If you’ve answered these questions satisfactorily, great! You are keeping your facility safe. If you are concerned about any of the above responses, call FlexFit Hose at 410-327-0758 or email us at [email protected] to see how we can help you today.
For more information on the different types of chemical hoses and their uses, see our post Chemical Hoses, Say What?