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  • 14 July 2017
    Bund Inspection and Survey

    If you stored liquids in fixed tanks they will no doubt have a bund wall installed around them to prevent the contents escaping if the tank fails. This is both a safety and environmental protection. Most of the liquid storage installations I have inspected do not comply with current Australian Standards in all respects. Some of the non-conformances are easy and cheap to address such as ensuring that the bund discharge valve is locked and the key held by a responsible person. This prevents inappropriate or uncontrolled discharge from the bund. To address the poor level of compliance of bund installations Absorb has launched a Bund Inspection and Survey. This is conducted by our qualified staff to ensure that the […]

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  • Too Much Froth and Bubble

    Most of us are familiar with the news images of an aircraft fire being extinguished using fire tenders discharging fire fighting foam onto the flames. The fire fighting foam is called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). Around 2000 the realisation occurred around the world that the chemicals being used to create the foam had previously unsuspected health impacts. The chemicals in question were persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic (PBT). As a result of this realisation, new chemical formulations have been developed which are still effective as a fire fighting foam but are not PBT. From an environmental and human health perspective the safest of these do not contain Fluorine. There are still some legacy issues surrounding those sites where fire fighting […]

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