FAQs

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

 

1.   What information can the Chlorine Institute provide to assist me in designing and installing a production and/ or storage facilities for chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides, and sodium hypochlorite; and the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride?

The Chlorine Institute exists to support the chlor-alkali industry and serve the public by fostering continuous improvements to safety and the protection of human health and the environment connected with the production, distribution and use of chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides, and sodium hypochlorite; and the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). Specific references available include:

These and other relevant pamphlets, posted operator aids and charts can be found at the CI Bookstore and can be downloaded for a nominal fee and in some cases are provided free in the interest of safety.
In addition, the CI recommends consulting building codes and relevant ordinances and obtaining the services of a relevant Professional Engineer in your jurisdiction.

 

2.   Does the Chlorine Institute recommend consultants to aid in design, operation and evaluation of facilities?

The Chlorine Institute does not recommend consultants but does maintain a list of consultants who have a history of working in the industry and are familiar to the members. Please contact us at techsvc@CL2.com to discuss this further.

 

3.   We are upgrading our site emergency response procedures. What information and guidance can we get from the Chlorine Institute for the chlorine we have on site?

The Chlorine Institute provides an electronic download of Pamphlet 64) Emergency response Plans for Chlor-Alkali, Sodium Hypochlorite, and Hydrogen Chloride Facilities free of charge as a public service in the interest of safety. This document includes information essential to the preparation or updating of formal, written emergency response which would be utilized during an accidental release or potential accidental release of chlor-alkali products. This document can be found at the CI Bookstore.

 

4.   We are preparing to take delivery of chlorine cylinders and want to be prepared if we had a leak. What would you recommend?

If you are purchasing your chlorine through a member of the Chlorine Institute, the provider should be working with you to ensure you are prepared to take delivery. As a service to the general public and in support of industry safety the Chlorine Institute provides pamphlets, DVDs, checklists and wall charts to aid you. These would include Pamphlet 155: Water and Wastewater Operators Chlorine handbook, Chlorine Cylinder and Ton Container Checklist, B-DVD: (available through your supplier) How to use the Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit "B" for Chlorine Ton Containers, WC-1 Handling Chlorine Cylinders and Ton Containers (available in English, French and Spanish). All of the available documents, free and those available for a nominal fee, can be found at the CI Bookstore.

 

5.   Where can I find general safety and hazards information on Chlorine?

The Chlorine Institute provides a number of pamphlets with information on safety and the protection of human health and the environment connected with the production, distribution and use of chlorine. A good place to start would be Pamphlet 1) Chlorine Basics. This and other relevant pamphlets, posted operator aids and charts can be found at the CI Bookstore and can be downloaded for a nominal fee and in some cases are provided free in the interest of safety.

 

6.   Do you provide information for any other chemicals besides Chlorine?

The Chlorine Institute's mission chemicals are chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides, and sodium hypochlorite; and the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride and the distribution of vinyl chloride monomer. Pamphlets with relevant information, posted operator aids and charts can be found at the CI Bookstore and can be downloaded for a nominal fee and in some cases are provided free in the interest of safety.

 

7.   Are all your publications free?

As a service to the general public and in support of industry safety the vast majority are. Some pamphlets have commercial value and copyrighted information and cannot be provided without a fee. These would include Pamphlet 10: North American Chlor -Alkali Industry Plants and Production Data Report and Pamphlet 72: Properties of Chlorine in SI Units. Some documents by their nature are members-only documents that are only distributed amongst active members only. All of the available documents, free and those available for a nominal fee can be found at the CI Bookstore.

 

8.   Do you publish production data?

Yes, we publish a monthly production report. It is a commercial information and not a safety document and available on a subscription-only basis. Please click here to request a subscription.

 

9.   I have questions about store-bought bleach in my home. Can you help me?

Chlorine bleach and bleach-containing products, when used according to manufacturer's directions, are a safe and effective way to deliver the germ-busting power of chlorine chemistry to help control the spread of infectious illness. We recommend the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this useful disinfecting chemical.

 

10.   I have questions about water chlorination. Why do we need it?

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) also maintains an FAQ section on Chlorine and Drinking Water. This should help provide an understanding of the importance of clean water around our families and the world.