Drug Ocean Hazmat Analysis


Provided a Hazardous Materials Analysis of a facility manufacturing and storing a water-based liquid hand sanitizer in large quantities.

The Approach

Performance Based Fire Protection Engineering, PLLC (Consultant) provided a Hazardous Materials Analysis and Design Criteria report for the Drug Ocean Hand Sanitizer Facility project.  Our overall scope consisted of evaluating quantities, locations, and classifications of hazardous materials within the facility, utilized in the manufacturing of a water-based hand sanitizer.  At the request of the City of Greensboro, this analysis was required in order to verify the hazardous materials classifications, ensure maximum allowable quantities in accordance with the North Carolina Building Code (NCBC) and North Carolina Fire Code (NCFC), and establish high-hazard occupancies, when determined to be necessary.  In addition, automatic sprinkler protection design criteria were evaluated to assist in the development of the automatic wet-pipe sprinkler system to be installed to protect the various commodity and occupancy classifications present.

As a result of our analysis, the following findings and recommendations were provided to the team:

  1. The building was able to be separated into two (2) main control areas, keeping the quantities of hazardous materials within each below the Maximum Allowable Quantity (MAQ) allowed.
  2. One are of the building was upgraded to a High-Hazard Group H-3 occupancy, to allow for the excess amount of Calcium Hypochlorite.
  3. Sprinkler protection design criteria were established throughout all areas.

Benefit to the Design Team

This analysis resulted in defining required control areas and a high-hazard room in order to maintain compliance with the NCBC and NCFC.  This resulted in this well defined criteria being provided in early design phases, rather than in later stages or possible while trying to obtain the owner’s certification of occupancy (CO).

Project details

  • Year: 2019
  • Project: Drug Ocean Hazmat Analysis
  • Client: Samet Corporation
  • Benefit to the Team: Defined Control Areas & High-Hazard
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