The Challenge of Outdoor Salt Storage – Environmental Compliance
Outdoor salt storage presents several problems for Local Bodies. Firstly, to store road salt appropriately. That is, 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. Ultimately, to ensure the safety of employees and the general public .
Toro Shelters Salt Barn – Safety First Policy
Toro’s engineers design the road salt storage structures in accordance with Eurocode design standards. Additionally, they are compliant with British Standard BS EN 1090-1. For the structures we supply CE marked steel. The results is, 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. Which means, we provide safety of the structure from the earliest stage of development.
We reduce risk during the manufacturing and installation stages of the build. For example, Toro’s operational staff carry out 80% of the structural assembly at ground level.`
Complying with the UK's Environment Agencies
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.
Membership of the NWSRG
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.
Additionlly, salt that is unprotected from the rain diminishes by as much as 20% per year. The resultant los is costly allows concentrated salt leachate to escape into the environment.
The risk of insufficient road salt for winter service is unimaginable. Further, having sufficient salt in poor condition is avoidable. It hinders the process of spreading salt. For example, the moisture content of stored road salt is critical. The target or Optimum moisture content (OMC) is between 1.5-4%.
The exact OMC is dependant on the nature of the salt delivered. Firstly, where the ratio of fines in the salt pile is high, it is better to have an OMC higher than 4%. Consequently, wetter salt stops the fines blowing away or being innaccurately spread. Equally, if the road salt is normal and wetter than the OMC the following will tend to occur:
Storing road salt in a Toro salt barn will mitiagte these risks. NWSRG research clearly shows road salt is best covered. Further, protecting salt in a salt barn is the only way to ensure your road salt is in the best possible condition.
Saving the Environment and Costs at the same time
Unprotected salt diminishes stock by as much as 20% per year. The consequence of this is costly. It also means, increased the levels of concentrated leachate escape into the environment. Resulting in, contamination of soils, and incurring unwanted fines or even prosecution.
Ensuring the Safety of your Employees and the General Public
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). Push walls 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. The PVC fabric cladding. The fabric complies with all relevant fire regulations. Equally, the fabric structure cladding is fire resistant. Fire resistance means flames do not propagate or cause burning droplets to fall and is self-extinguishing
Toro engineers the frameworks from high-grade galvanised steel. Consequently, steel-work last a life time. They will not readily fail or rot like other materials, such as timber or steel cladding.
Toro Shelters salt barns are cleverly designed. Their engineering minimises the use of materials. Additionally, they are built tough to sustain high wind loads Accordingly, our structures are designed to last a life-time. They are backed by Toro's 10 year warranty.
Toro structures are the best solution for a salt barn. They have a high-quality galvanised steel framework. In addition they are covered using an ultra tough, UV stabilised PVC composite membrane. This means the cladding is cost effective. Additionally it is impervious to attack from salt. It is also quick and easy to repair if damaged by operators. Other types of salt barn are suseptable to rust, fire, rot or not fit for purpose.
The salt barn height depends on a number of factors. For example, planning constraints. The type of vehicles being used to load and unload the salt. To load the barn with a 28 tonne tipping, articulated lorry you will need an inner height of 11m. Also the amount of salt you need to store will dictate the height.
Yes, Toro structures are built to any size from 100 to 18,000 square meters. They are available in a range of different shapes and configurations. Additionally, with doors to suit your requirement. Our salt barn gallery outlines a few of the many possibilities. Please feel free to ask Toro's Technical team any questions you may have.