• Why Do I Need to Bond and Ground Drums and Containers?
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  • Willsays:
    07/08/2019 at 12:57 pm Reply

    When pouring acetone waste into a satellite drum, can we just ground the drum or do we have to ground both the container with the acetone and the drum?

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      07/10/2019 at 2:00 pm Reply

      Hi there, thanks for asking! In a satellite accumulation area, if you are collecting acetone waste, the drum should be grounded and the container that you are pouring the waste acetone from should be bonded to the funnel or bung opening of the collection drum. Grounding the drum channels residual electrical energy, and bonding completes the circuit to help ensure safety while the waste acetone is being transferred from one container to the other.

  • Brandysays:
    07/31/2019 at 11:34 am Reply

    What if you have a metal safety container full of Toluene, and then you are dispensing it into a plastic container. Do you still put the bonding cable on the plastic container?

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      09/16/2019 at 1:23 pm Reply

      Hi there,

      Chances are, you won’t be able to bond this system because plastic containers cannot be bonded or grounded. There are some plastic containers on the market that have been specifically treated to be conductive. This is usually done by incorporating a metal mesh frame or flakes/bits/strips of metal into the plastic container. If the container is conductive, it typically says this somewhere on the container and there will be a tab, loop, screw or other metal feature to facilitate grounding.

      Thanks for your question,

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