Best known for their production of ARALDITE® adhesives Huntsman also manufacture and market a wide range of differentiated chemicals to automotive, coatings, construction, aerospace, electronics and wind energy sectors.
The site is strictly regulated by the Environment Agency and regularly audited for COMAH compliance. Standards in place include ISO14001, OHSAS 18001 and aerospace certification EN 9100.
Health and Safety is therefore taken very seriously; constant re-training centres around the motto ‘nothing we do is worth getting hurt for’.
Huntsman had two production issues that needed an improved resolution.
Highly flammable resin residue, water and toluene needed to be safely collected and disposed of. Flame permits had previously been necessary but Nilfisk-CFM provided a solution with the A17 DAU (absolute filtration) Air vacuum cleaner. The Industrial machine is completely air driven, therefore intrinsically safe and rated for Atex Zones 1 & 2 plus dust zones 21 & 22. The body of the unit is manufactured from 316 grade stainless steel and was supplied with a mechanical float system and drain plug.
After collection waste products are wetted out with water and sent to an in-house effluent plant for contaminated waste treatment.
Fine chemical powders rising to and settling on high level overhead pipe work was also a risk factor. Nilfisk-CFM provided a solution with the supply of an integrated 2 metre extension tube with specialist pipe brushes attached. This enables Huntsman staff to stay safely at ground level at all times during the cleaning process.
Dr Robert Lunn of Huntsman Advanced Materials stated, ‘we were very happy with the Nilfisk-CFM service both pre and post installation.’