Ammonia Tank Leak

Severity: 
Leak: 
Ignition: 

A laboratory had an incident with an ammonia tank. When the valve was opened, the packing in the valve apparently "moved," and a faint ammonia smell was noticed. The tank was returned to the supplier.

Setting: 
Equipment: 
  • Piping/Fittings/Valves
  • Valve
Damage and Injuries: 
Probable Cause: 
Contributing Factors: 
Characteristics: 
When Incident Discovered: 
Lessons Learned: 
  • Valve packing on ammonia tanks should be checked on a regular basis.
  • If an ammonia smell becomes noticeable, the tank should be returned to the supplier.
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