A dedicated chemical storage facility is essential for any farming business, no matter what the type of farming practiced – including arable, pastoral or mixed – or how big the farm. We supply made-for-purpose chemical storage containers to farms all across the country, all of which need to fulfill the same purpose: to store chemicals safely!
Chemical storage containers, or spray stores, keep you, your employees, your business and the environment safe in a variety of ways. If you are wondering whether you should go ahead and purchase a chemical storage unit for your farming business, read on for three important reasons why it would be a good idea.
Chemical storage containers help you avoid fines
Water pollution is a serious offence that carries a fine of any amount deemed appropriate by a Magistrates Court, and/or a prison sentence of up to 12 months. There are also restrictions on where the spray store can be located, the materials used for construction, the size of the unit, and more. You can find out more about these restrictions in our blog post here.
- Our chemical storage containers are purpose-built for storing chemicals safely; they are in line with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and BASIS guidelines for chemical storage. Here are some important features that are included as standard:
- Each container is built with high corten, fire-resistant steel and coated with marine paint to prevent corrosion.
- We fit steel bunding or raised steel mesh bunded floors, preventing leaks from spillages.
- The nature of a shipping container means that it is watertight and structurally sound, protecting both your chemicals and the environment from contamination.
Chemical storage containers are easy to install and move
Whether you have recently set up a farming operation or want to ensure an existing business is complying with regulations, our chemical storage containers can help you meet HSE and BASIS standards in no time.
Our containers are built to order with a three-to-four-week lead time, including delivery (subject to availability of the equipment and transport operators). Providing we have all the necessary specifications from the client, we can offload a container onto level ground using a hi-ab lorry (a lorry fitted with a crane). We can even offload a container inside a building, if large enough. Read our FAQ page to find out more.
As these containers fall under the label of ‘temporary structure’, they may not require planning permission to install; however, it is important to check with your local council before purchasing.
Need to relocate your chemical storage container? This is easily done with the right equipment. Furthermore, as long as the new location provides adequate space for entry and exit, and allows the container to sit level, your container can function almost anywhere.
Chemical storage containers deter thieves
Rural crime cost the UK £54m in 2019, an increase of almost 9% on the previous year. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a brief reduction in agricultural theft, but this is rising once again as criminals have ‘cashed in’ on a slump in imports. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to protect your business from theft. One way to do this is to use container storage to keep valuable equipment and stock safe.
Not only are our chemical storage containers constructed from an incredibly sturdy and heavy-duty material, we also fit lockboxes as standard. When the doors of the container are closed, the lockbox enshrouds the padlock, creating a deterrent for bolt cutters. We recommend purchasing a hardened steel padlock with 3 numbered keys to use with your lockbox – we supply these here.
With these features, you will be able to deter thieves and protect your livelihood, all the while taking advantage of the many other fantastic features of chemical storage containers listed in this blog post.
Get in touch to purchase your chemical storage container
If you are looking for safe chemical storage, we would love to hear from you. Call us on 01473 557409 for a quote, or fill your details in using this form and one of our friendly team members will get back to you with a quote.