Using the wrong material hose or couplers can cause your handling equipment to erode and become damaged quickly. Or worse, it can cause unforeseen chemical reactions that can be incredibly dangerous. And using the wrong size or type of coupling for the application at hand is also hazardous because it can lead to leaking chemicals and couplings easily being detached.
The effects of exposures to toxic chemicals can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute effects are characterized by prompt or slightly delayed health consequences, such as burns, allergic reactions, and immediate damage to organs such as eyes. Chronic effects occur over a prolonged period of time and are characterized by continuous damage to organs, which can ultimately have carcinogenic effects. Either one can be caused by the improper handling of chemicals or by using improper equipment.
Reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Safety Data Sheets (SDS) before ordering and using chemicals is highly advised to ensure the material you intend on using can be safely procured, stored, used, and disposed of.
There are numerous resources available that can help you determine what the chemical compatibility specifications are between the equipment materials you have or intend to buy (i.e. hoses, containment drums, nozzles, couplers, etc.) and the chemicals you intend to work with.
Below is a brief list of these compatibility charts, diagrams, and databases – some of which are provided by trusted vendors of ours.
- ARO Chemical Compatibility Information
- Cole Palmer Chemical Compatibility Database
- Graco Chemical Compatibility Guide
- Graco Compatibility Chart (PDF)
- Chemical Compatibility of Elastomers & Metals - Emerson
In addition to knowing that your chemicals and equipment safely pair with one another, it’s important to always make sure you have spill containment equipment constantly within reach of all sites where materials are handled. This is to quickly contain any and all contamination in the event of a spill.