The backbone of a safe working environment is a detailed accident prevention program that incorporates training and the right safety equipment.
Many factors contribute to accidental industrial chemical accidents. Many of these accidents result in property loss and serious injuries to employees.
KemKey™ was founded to stop industrial chemical accidents. We have found solutions that prevent the accidental transfer of a chemical into the tank of an incompatible product.
These accidents occur because of how easy it is to connect any transfer hose into any tank regardless of what product is inside the tank. Existing industry-wide transfer fittings are universal. Any chemical delivery driver worth his salt has every conceivable combination of sizes, fittings, and adapters with him at all times. While this increases efficiency, it is a huge safety hazard.
Research has shown that existing practices have contributed to numerous industrial accidents. Many of which have resulted in businesses being evacuated and workers being injured, hospitalized, and even killed. KemKey safety couplings use different colors and stenciling to inform users of the class of chemical in any given tank. Since the various classes of chemicals have their own specific color, it is possible to infer what class of chemical is located within a tank, even from a distance. Each color also has a definitive shape associated with it. The shapes assure that no matter how hard someone tries; they cannot connect an incorrect hose to a tank and make a chemical transfer. Different connectors simply will not fit.
• On October 21, 2016, toxic chemicals were released at the MGPI Processing facility in Atchison, Kansas, which resulted in over 140 reported injuries, and approximately 11,000 citizens forced to evacuate or shelter-in-place. The release occurred during a routine chemical delivery when two incompatible chemicals – sulfuric acid and sodium hypochlorite – were inadvertently mixed, forming the toxic cloud.
• A chemical explosion in northeast Spain has left an ominous orange cloud looming above. According to Reuters, the cloud began emerged over the chemical plant’s Igualada location, which is just 40 miles from Barcelona. Officials say the blast was the result of two chemicals volatile chemicals mixing. Authorities claim that nitric acid was one of the chemicals involved.
• In Whitehall, Michigan, a driver delivered sodium hydrosulfide into a tank containing ferrous sulfate producing the poisonous gas hydrogen sulfide. There was one fatality, one injury, 11 people evacuated with property damage exceeding $411,000.
• Ford Motor Company had an accident where a solution of nickel nitrate and phosphoric acid was accidentally transferred into a tank containing a sodium nitrite solution. The reaction produced a large cloud of hazardous nitrous gases. Seven people were injured and more than 2,400 people had to be evacuated from the plant. In this incident alone the cost to Ford Motor Company was in excess of $192,000.