Many industries require the use of a static protective bag. Using the correct type of bag for shipping is a vital step to keeping everyone safe. Because the danger is so real, it is important that every employee in these companies understands why the bags matter. This way, mistakes are not overlooked.

The Hidden Dangers of Shipping

Pigments, powdered chemicals, and other flammable materials require a special shipping method to contain the danger. Static electricity can build up when materials are being poured into or out of the bags, moved around, or just rubbing up against each other during shipping. In the past, the only option available was a bag made of material that required grounding to help dissipate the static. This did not do a good enough job eliminating the dangers.

Another thing to consider is the environment the bags are placed. If the environment is highly flammable, it must be protected from ignition caused by any static electricity that might be generated by the materials inside the bag. Some of these environments include buildings in which flammable solvents or gases are handled, or in which powders or granular materials can form explosive or flammable dust clouds in the atmosphere. The bag can act as a barrier to keep any static electricity generated by the materials in the bag from causing a fire or explosion.

How Static Protective Bags Help

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers, or FIBC bulk bags, have different types that are used for different materials. Not all bags are created equally when it comes to dealing with flammable and explosive materials. In order to get the highest level of protection, it is recommended that companies use a Type D bulk bag because they are specifically designed to minimize risks with electrostatic energy.

The fabrics that are used in CROHMIQ® Type D FIBC bulk bags are the best at protecting products from inadvertent sparks and brush discharges because of the special fibers. The quasi-conductive yarns are interwoven with polypropylene tapes in a specific pattern that allows it to safely dissipate the charges into the atmosphere. This process is called corona. It is low energy and is safe to use in flammable and explosive environments. No other type of bag can eliminate the static without extra steps or precautions. The details involved in the construction of the bag are crucial to making sure that the danger is decreased. Therefore, it is recommended that these materials are shipped and stored only in CROHMIQ Type D FIBC bulk bags.

Some companies believe that Type C FIBC bulk bags are good enough because they are considered safe for some areas of industry. However, they require a ground connection to give the static electricity somewhere to go. Without grounding the bags properly, it is just as dangerous as if there was no static protective bag used at all. The electricity has nowhere safe to go and the corona cannot happen. One little static spark can immediately endanger everyone in the vicinity, creating a dangerous work environment.

See the Difference

When it comes to sending materials that may be flammable or explosive, one can never be too safe. Buying and using Type D FIBC bulk bags is the best decision for keeping your employees, products, and warehouses safe from danger. Since its introduction to the market, CROHMIQ FIBC technology has a spotless safety record. It has completely revolutionized the shipping industry. When it comes to picking the right bag for the job, choose the safest option for everyone with a CROHMIQ Type D FIBC bulk bag.