Chemical leader welcomes safety initiative
Media Release Sunday, 21 August 2011
Australia's leading chemical storage company has welcomed an education program
being launched today by Victoria's fire services which targets chemical emergencies.
Terminals Pty Ltd said that chemical fires, explosion or spills are now extremely rare
but it was essential that the public knew what to do if they were involved in an
Shelter-in-Place is being launched (Sunday 21 August) by the Melbourne Fire
Brigade and the Country Fire Authority.
Mr Carlo Fasolino, Victorian manager of Terminals said that modern technology
developed by the chemical industry and extremely strict controls established by
WorkSafe have resulted in massive improvements to safety.
"The introduction of nitrogen blanketing for all flammable tanks has effectively and
dramatically reduced the possibility of a fire because it removes the oxygen which
feeds the fire," he said.
"That is just one of innumerable upgrades in recent years which reflect international
improvements and safety initiatives."
The chemical industry works very closely with WorkSafe and Terminals, as an
example, has obtained the extremely demanding Major Hazard Facility licence as
well as the internationally recognised ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation.