A container of peroxide jerrycans decomposed on shipping. All the material was lost.
A Type D organic peroxide with an SADT of 20°C was being shipped in 25 kg PE Jerrycans. These were packed inside a large container giving a shipping weight of 8500 kg. As with all peroxide transport the packing arrangements had been photographed prior to shipping. During the shipping all of the material decomposed. The investigation showed that the wrong T probes had been used, the probes were in the wrong position and the temperature control system was not working correctly.
- Here we have a fairly unstable compound being correctly shipped, but at least three safety items were incorrect.
- The best intentions of correct packing, total volume, and spacing of the fairly sensitive material, were lost because of poor maintenance of the container and its temperature control system
The Safety system is only as good as "The Weakest Link"