Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 09:19:49 -0700
Reply-To: Todd <p3wt3r**At_Symbol_Here**CHARTER.NET>
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From: Todd <p3wt3r**At_Symbol_Here**CHARTER.NET>
Subject: Re: Chlorine Cylinder SOPs or Contingency Plan

Hi Jason,

I agree with Glen; The Chlorine Institute ( is yo
ur best resource. They do have documents online -operations manuals, etc - 
some free, some not free. Alexander Chemical, DPC, and other manufacturers 
also typically have some free documents available on their company websites
.  I would suggest that you consider ordering a kit from Indian Springs (ww - an "A" kit for regular cylinders, a "B" kit for ton 
cylinders - as this typically is the necessary equipment for trained indivi
duals responding to a leaking cylinder.  

I also agree that you should periodically check your intermediate equipment
 - regulators, backflow arrestors, piping, etc - as these are critical to p
revention of leaks.  Keep in mind that if water gets into the cylinder due 
to failure of this intermediate equipment, a chemical reaction may occur wh
ich involves lots of heat, a drastic increase in pressure, corrosive materi
al generated (which can then attack any metal in the system including the c
ylinder), and essentially all hell could break loose, depending on the amou
nt of materials reacting. :o)

MOST important is that all of your operators have training on the safe hand
ling and response to Chlorine. This is critical. Contact your supplier to s
ee what resources they offer, or if they are just a distributor, either you
 or they should contact the actual manufacturer (which should be shown on t
he cylinder label somewhere).

Your closest CHLOREP is probably Harcross in Jackson MS. Keep in mind that 
these responders usually take a few hours (or more) to assemble and travel 
to a response site, and in the mean time, you need to be able to deal with 
the release, contact appropriate agencies, etc, on your own.

Todd Perkins
Safety Director
Airgas Mid America

--- On Wed, 4/8/09, Wood, Glenn  wrote:

> Check with the Chlorine
> Institute.=A0 This is right up their alley and something
> they try to address with their members.=A0 There may be
> something available as public domain information on their
> web-site.=A0 A local or state water treatment plant may
> also be a good source to approach.
> ________________________________
> Glenn Wood (PhD, CIH, ROH) | Associate: Sr. Health and
> Safety Consultant | Golder Associates Ltd.=A0 =A0
> -----Original Message-----
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chlorine Cylinder SOPs or Contingency
> Plan
> Does anyone out there have a SOP or a Contingency Plan for
> responding to a chlorine cylinder leak or rupture?=A0 We
> have 1 ton cylinders that are used for our water treatment
> systems.=A0 
> Thank you,
> Jason Jones
> The University Of Mississippi Medical Center
> Biological/Chemical Safety Officer
> Phone: (601)-984-1981
> Pager:=A0 (601)-929-3884
> jnjones2**At_Symbol_Here**

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