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The Challenge of Winter Road Salt Storage – Environmental Compliance
Winter road salt storage presents challenges for councils and highways agencies. Firstly, to store road salt appropriately there is the need to comply with the Environment Agency (EA) or Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) guidelines. Secondly, unprotected salt piles lose up to 20% of their volume annually proving to be a costly mistake. Finally, there is the need to comply with industry standards to ensure the safety of employees and the general public. Therefore Toro Shelters have developed the knowledge, experience and skill set to assist you in full turnkey solutions for salt barns and winter road salt storage.
Toro’s engineers design our salt barns in accordance with Eurocode design standards. Additionally, they are compliant with British Standard BS EN 1090-1. For any storage solution, we supply CE marked steel which mean our road salt storage products are safe and last a lifetime.
Toro’s philosophy ensures safety and quality. Accordingly, we design structures in line with CDM regulations. As a result, we provide full structural safety for every salt barn from the earliest stage of development.
We reduce risk during the manufacturing and installation stages of the build. As a consequence, Toro’s operational staff carry out 80% of the structural assembly at ground level.`
Unprotected salt diminishes stock by as much as 20% per year. Salt loss is costly. Unprotected salt allows concentrated salt leachate to escape into the environment. Sadly, flora and fauna are damaged by leachate. The UK’s environment agencies are tasked with preventing such eventualities. Toro closely follows the agency advice to understand and reduce our client’s risk.
Toro is an Industry Member of the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG). The NWSRG is the authority on highways winter maintenance. The group recommends salt barns as the best way to store road salt. NWSRG research shows, correctly storing salt greatly increases its condition and ease of use. Therefore, using salt barns ensures salt is compliant with regulations and the standards set down in BS 3247:2011.
Moisture content is the most important factor in obtaining high-quality road salt. Therefore, using a salt barn is the most effective way of controlling moisture.
Toro’s salt storage buildings are designed to offer a safe and comfortable working environment. For example, to improve access sufficient circulation space is designed in and around the structure. Further, we include concrete retaining walls (push walls) to increase the salt barn capacity. Therefore, inspection, maintenance and repair access is safe and easy.
Additionally, Toro Shelters makes the covers from the highest quality fabric available. As a result our fabric complies with all relevant fire regulations. Equally, as the fabric structure cladding is fire resistant, flames do not propagate or cause burning droplets to fall and it is self-extinguishing. Furthermore our frames are made from high-grade galvanised steel. Consequently, steel-work last a lifetime and do not corrode. They will not readily fail or rot like other materials, such as timber or steel cladding.
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