Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES)

Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES)

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Our experience and leadership, excellent client relationships and outstanding reputation are our strengths. All of this and more has placed us as one of the most respected environmental firms in the world.

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Technologies for the on-site remediation of high hazard waste.

Technologies for the on-site remediation of high hazard waste.

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IES is an inventor and innovator of the most advanced equipment used in the environmental remediation community. We hold 30 patents related to remediation, reclamation, and processing of high hazard materials.

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Compressed Gas Cylinders

Compressed Gas Cylinders

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Handling waste compressed gas cylinders poses unique hazards and challenges associated with the chemical composition of each gas, the energy of compression, and the capability of a gas to move and flow freely when not contained.

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Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management

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"In response to the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC) standard IES has developed programs designed to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of HHCs.

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India

indiaimageApproximately 100 cylinders pressurized to 2,900 psig with a proprietary fire fighting media were found to have off-specification valves.   Apparent structural integrity issues with the cylinder valve prompted a recall of all of the valves.  As part of the recall, valves on affected cylinders were to be removed and replaced with a designated alternate.  In an effort to remove the valve protective cap on one of the cylinders to allow access to the cylinder valve, the valve itself was damaged and vented the cylinder contents in an uncontrolled manner.   This incident led to the request for an alternate method of safely bleeding the cylinder contents at the existing site since the cylinders were not deemed suitable for transport.

While IES maintains cylinder management devices designed to safely drill into the sidewall of a high pressure cylinder, transporting such equipment to India would prove prohibitively expensive and time consuming.  As an alternative approach, IES designed and constructed a light-weight, remotely operated saddle and tap mechanism.  This air driven device could be attached to the target cylinder and then actuated, lowered, and raised from a safe distance.   Prior to mobilization, the device was tested on several cylinders pressurized to 2200 pisg.  Test resulted indicated that the system should operate flawlessly in the field.

IES packaged all project equipment, including substantial backup supplies, and shipped it from Atlanta to the client’s headquarters in Wisconsin.  From there, everything was air shipped to India.  After the equipment arrived, IES mobilized personnel from Atlanta to the project sight.      

With the assistance of local personnel, IES technicians were able to setup and initiate processing.  The tap and saddle equipment worked as anticipated.  Once the cylinder wall was breached, the content was released to the atmosphere in a controlled manner.