Safe Handling of our Products
Continuously improving HSE and quality in the supply chain
Borealis adheres to Zero Mindset and the Code of Responsible Care, which are the chemical industry’s own programmes of action, committing members to continuous improvement in all aspects of health, safety and environment (HSE).
Phenol and acetone are shipped directly to customers or to ISO-certified intermediate storage tanks.Borealis uses ice-strengthened, double-bottom chemical carriers to guarantee safe, regular and reliable deliveries to our customers throughout the year.
We participate in the Ship Inspection System (SIS3) in order to ensure that all Borealis HSE requirements are met when moving products with vessels or barges.
Our phenol is stored in heated stainless steel tanks in order to guarantee high quality of the product. Nitrogen blanketing is used to minimise the increase in colour and water absorption.For low colour, we recommend storage temperature between 50-60 degrees celsius. The maximum preferred surface temperature of heating coils is 65 degrees celsius.
Phenol should be stored in a dry area, away from sparks and open flames. For applications where maintaining highest quality is demanded, contact with mild or carbon steel must be avoided by storing in such systems as glass-lined, inorganic zinc-rich lined or baked phenolic-lined steel or in stainless steel.
Quality controlContinuous quality control is maintained to ensure high quality of our products throughout the distribution chain. Borealis uses both internal and external laboratory services to monitor the high product quality.
Road deliveriesDedicated road tankers are used to deliver our products from storage sites to customers’ locations. In addition to the ADR licence required by law, Borealis strives to further raise the HSE&Q standards throughout the logistics chain for example by providing special safety training for vehicle drivers.
Safe handling of phenol
Phenol is highly toxic and corrosive. It is poisonous by absorption through the skin, by swallowing or by inhalation of its vapours. Therefore, phenol should be handled and stored appropriately.Phenol should be treated as a combustible liquid and never be handled without the use of suitable full protective clothing and face shields.
Phenol spills can be washed up with water, provided proper containment of the resulting phenolic water is maintained. Because phenol creates water toxicity, it must not be permitted to enter public waterways.
Safe handling of acetone
Acetone in one of the most widely used solvents in the world. Although acetone is not on the CEFIC list of hazardous materials, it should be handled with care.
Breathing moderate-to-high levels of acetone for short periods of time can cause nose, throat, lung and eye irritation. This includes headaches, confusion, increased pulse rate, and effects on blood and possibly coma.
Swallowing very high levels of acetone can result in unconsciousness and damage to the skin in your mouth
Skin contact can result in irritation and damage to your skin.