Careful facility planning and design can be helpful as the first line of defense to prevent hazardous material leaks or spills, or to mitigate the effects if a leak or spill does happen.
When using ammonia refrigeration equipment, facilities should be designed so the system's machinery is in a detached building, or at least a separate room, from the rest of the facility. As well, vapor tight separations and mechanical gasket-sealed doors should be used in as many areas of the facility as possible to reduce the risk of an ammonia leak spreading inside the facility.
Considering these and other building design plans can significantly reduce the negative effects of a leak or spill before they occur.
When your operations involve any kind of hazardous materials, you know that there is the risk and potential for those materials to be exposed to workers and the surrounding public in the event of a fire, leak or explosion. To account and prepare for these hazards, your risk management planning should include thorough consideration of potential scenarios and decisions that you may have to make.