The advantages of lead-based paints as an industrial coating have long outweighed the environmental and human health hazards that come with them. Unfortunately, these coatings don’t last forever.
It’s well-known that lead is harmful. Also well-known is lead’s usefulness as a component of industrial coatings because it holds up against the elements and helps prevent corrosion.
Lead has long been a double-edged sword. It’s enjoyed serious durability in industrial settings for millennia due to its malleability and resistance to corrosion. It’s also served modern industries well thanks to chemical properties that block radiation and make it great for use as a component of batteries.
Fireproofing steel is all about time. Increasing the fire resistance of your structural steel through fireproofing buys you time—time to evacuate, time to fight the blaze, time until the total collapse of the structural steel in your facility.
Fires are game over for many facilities, especially within the commercial, utilities and gas industries. In the unthinkable case of fire in your facility, fire retardant coatings passively fight the blaze, biding time until emergency responders arrive and fighting a total failure of structural steel.
For many owners of industrial facilities, an industrial fireproofing strategy is a prerequisite for being able to secure affordable insurance. But despite being just short of mandatory for many businesses, straight advice on what type of industrial fireproofing strategy to pursue can be hard to come by.