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The backbone of a safe working environment is a proper accident prevention program that incorporates training and the right supplies. Many factors can contribute to accidental industrial chemical accidents, many of which include significant property losses and serious injuries to employees.

At KemKey™, we have designed a foolproof system to prevent one of these potentially disastrous situations.

KemKey™ was founded to help stop industrial chemical transfer accidents. 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 nationally, it can be a huge safety hazard.

Research has shown that existing practices have contributed to numerous industrial accidents. Frequently, these incidents have resulted in businesses being evacuated and workers being injured, hospitalized, or even killed.

KemKey™ safety couplings 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.

As workers get closer to the fittings, they can see that each color has a definite shape associated with it. The shapes make 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.

INCIDENTS

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:

Also,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.

Additionally, 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.