Chemical drum pumps are used in 55 gallons drums and in bulk containers (IBCs) when there is a need to handle viscous products that can be dangerous, flammable liquids and different types of corrosive chemicals. The chemical industry is worth $250 million in the U.S. according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. At an international level, the U.S. is responsible for a $770 billion output in the chemical field and is the world’s leading producer of chemical products. Chemical drum pumps are used in this industry since they are a safe and efficient way to handle a number of chemical products, along with Flux Pumps.
Here is how these pumps are used:
Chemical drum pumps are used everywhere around the world anytime dangerous chemical products need to be transferred or handled. Extreme caution is exercised when dealing with these products.
- Sulfuric acid. This acid is corrosive and can cause serious burns as well a dehydration. If the eyes are exposed, sulfuric acid can cause permanent blindness. This chemical is corrosive for the skin and for other surfaces such as stone or metals.
- Hydrochloric acid. This acid is dangerous for the skin, eyes and mucous membranes. People who inhale this chemical can cough and experience chest pain as well as hoarseness. Pulmonary oedema and ulceration of the respiratory tract can also occur after exposure to this corrosive chemical.
- Nitric acid. This chemical is extremely corrosive and can cause damages to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Irritation can occur after a minor contact and the skin can also harden when exposed to nitric acid. The skin can become stain with a yellow color and permanent damage can occur after a direct contact with a concentrated form of nitric acid. Deep burns can occur as well. Inhaling nitric acid can be fatal.
- Acetic acid. Diluted acetic acid is not dangerous but a solution that contains more than 25% of acetic acid can be dangerous for humans and animals. This chemical is extremely corrosive for the skin and eyes when it is concentrated.
- Aqueous ammonia. This chemical compound has explosive properties and can cause damage to the environment. This chemical is also very corrosive and can cause damages to the eyes and skin. Individuals who are exposed to this chemical can also experience damages to their digestive and respiratory tracts. Lung disease, blindness, burns and death can also occur.
These dangerous chemicals have several uses and many other corrosive products are used in the chemical industry. Drum pumps are used to safely transfer these chemicals while protecting workers as well as the environment. Equipment, including pumps and drums or containers need to be properly cleaned to get rid of chemical residues. There are also regulations and best practices to follow to prevent accidents.
If you have any questions about drum pumps and their uses, contact Standrd Pump, Inc.