KANSAS CITY, MO – Employees of VersaFlex Inc., Kansas City, MO, participated in the development of a new Underwriters Laboratory of Canada standard.

In May 2012, Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC Standards) released the first edition of CAN/ULC-S668-12: Standard for Liners Used for Secondary Containment of Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tanks. This new standard replaces the earlier ULC/ORD-C58.9-1997: Secondary Containment Liners for Underground and Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tanks document.

For secondary containment work in Canada, suppliers and applicators of polyuria technology were relying on the old ULC/ORD-C58.8-1997 document as a reference of suitability even though spray-applied liner systems were not included. While work was being performed with polyurea systems, there were some industry concerns that no standards were available for that use, which presented challenges in specifying large project use. This new CAN/ULC-S688-12 standard addresses the use of spray-on-type liner systems, including polyurea technology.

Jeff Downing, VP and Director of Sales & Marketing for VersaFlex, was a participating member of the ULC Standards Task Group, while Dudley Primeaux, Director of Education & Development for VersaFlex, was a member of the ULC Standards Working Group for this new standard. Their participation began back in early 2009 when a need for identifying and qualifying the use of polyurea technology as viable secondary containment lining systems was made obvious due to the volume of work being performed in that area.