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Reopening Strategies Drive Need for Safe Refilling Solutions for Sanitizers and Disinfectants

As major segments of the economy attempt to formulate and implement effective re-opening strategies that meet state guidelines, many are forced to make critical decisions regarding mandating masks, enforcing social distancing and improving cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

Given the accelerated cleaning efforts, many businesses are opting to procure disinfectants and hand sanitizer in bulk. However, distributing such products from 275-gallon totes, barrels, drums and even single gallon sized bottles requires transferring or “down packing” to smaller containers or dispensers.

It also means that workers responsible for transferring such products – most of which are identified as potentially flammable or combustible substances. This could lead to a corresponding spike in the number of spills, worker injuries, fires and even explosions.

So, to safely handle the spike in demand and facilitate down packing, businesses have been increasingly installing properly engineered refill stations using groundable, sealed pumps systems that will allow employees to reliably and safely transfer from bulk containers to smaller containers.

In most workplaces, supervisors and facility managers have recommended rotary and hand suction pumps to transfer flammable liquids for decades, but conventional piston and rotary hand pumps have some inherent vulnerabilities.

As a solution, the industry has reportedly developed sealed pump dispensing systems that enhances safety by eliminating spills and enables spill-free, environmentally safe transfer that prevent vapors from escaping the container.

These systems are made of groundable plastic and come complete with bonding and grounding wires. The spring actuation tap handle can be immediately closed to stop liquid flowing, preventing any spills. The design of this sealed pump system could also prevent liquid vapors from exiting the container when the pump is unused which could significantly reduce the chance of an ignition event.

With the need for hand sanitizers and disinfectants expected to continue to rise given its central role in most successful reopening strategies, properly engineered refill stations could play a key role in allowing for the safe transfer of disinfectants and hand sanitizer from bulk containers.

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