In the past few years, many significant technological changes have been made to the industries dealing with the transfer of hazardous chemicals and substances. Loading Arms are transforming safety in the oil and liquid loading industry. These industries need robust tanker filling solutions to minimise wastage and eliminate the risks of operators falling from heights whilst on top tankers. The tankers and their walkways have unique and variable conditions. Moreover, they are used for handling flammable, toxic, and hazardous fluids that may pose severe risks to the operators and the environment. With the use of bottom and top loading arms, these risks can be significantly minimised. Here is an overview of their changing roles in the industries:
How Have the Regulations Changed Over Years?
It is needless to say that regulatory compliance is the most imperative part of a business in the fluid-handling and petrochemical process industry. In 2005, the Work at Heights Regulations was made effective throughout Europe. With this transformation, many new changes were introduced in the industrial safety methods. New standards came into being. They included ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 among others.
The industries in the sectors like pharmaceutical and petrochemical processing realised a pressing need to comply with these standards and did so by outsourcing their resources to third-party suppliers. The changed regulations also comprised of increasing documentation that was needed and was made mandatory for these industries.
What Are The Regulations Currently In Effect?
The technological changes in the last two decades have transformed the engineering systems used in fluid handling industries. More suppliers are embracing these technologies to enhance the quality and specifications of their products. At the same time, the industries need specified component designed as per the unique requirements of their worksite. This necessitated the need to develop pre-approved components despite the higher costs of manufacturing them.
Due to these factors and cost considerations, many industries diverted their resources on the development of bottom-loading systems that facilitated working at the ground level. But, many of these industries failed to realise that ISO tankers were still not designed to work with bottom loading systems due to their design that includes a vapour return mechanism. Hence, they relied on the tried and tested top loading arms.
How Can Loading Arms Ensure the Compliance with Regulations?
During the transfer of solvents, petrochemical or pharmaceutical, it is important to maintain complete precision in the handling of fluids. This ensures the safety of operators working on these systems. With the help of top loading systems, operators can easily handle the pipes into their position for making secure connections.
If the system lacks a vapour return line at the bottom level, this process takes place at the tanker’s top level. Top loading systems provide the required efficiency in handling process and maintain safety of operators in these conditions, thus ensuring safety compliance.
Hence, you should carefully evaluate the site conditions and existing equipment to choose the right type of loading solution in your facility.