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Types of Spill Containment Equipment
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When evaluating your spill containment equipment needs, you
will find there are a wide variety of spill containment
tools that are available for various applications. Let's
start by looking at some typical spill containment
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Types of Spill Containment Equipment
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When evaluating your spill containment equipment needs, you will
find there are a wide variety of spill containment tools that are
available for various applications. Let's start by looking at
some typical spill containment applications.
* Leaking Vehicles
* Drum Storage
* Tap Drips
* Leaking Tanks
* Overflow Tanks
* Battery Storage
While there are probably many more specific spill protection
needs, these represent very typical uses of standard spill
protection equipment. Below is a list of spill containment
equipment and where they would be used:
Drum Spill Pallets - For use on floors so that drums are not
resting directly on the floor. The drums sit on a polyethylene
platform that allows chemicals to leak into a 6-inch-deep tray
rather than on the floor. This is best for drums that do not
frequently dispense liquids.
IBC Spill Pallets - Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) present a
larger challenge due to their immense size and weight. IBC Spill
Pallets are typically 28-inch-deep and can support weights of up
to 8500 pounds, and contain a 36-gallon sump to contain an IBC
that may be leaking.
Spill Trays - These 3-inch-deep spill pallets are ideal for
storage of batteries and other small containers that may leak
fluid. Depending on length and width these trays have a 14-gallon
capacity. These trays rest on the floor.
Drum Racks - When a facility has drums that are used frequently
for dispensing liquids, the ideal solution is the Drum Rack.
These racks contain up to fours stalls for 55-gallon drums within
polyethylene holding channels. Usually they contain a Dispensing
Shelf option, which should be utilized to hold a container steady
as it is being filled from the drum. It typically also contains a
66-gallon sump capacity as well as the ability to hold 3,000
pounds of weight.
Drum Containment Systems - Some facilities must keep drums stored
outdoors, whether for waste disposal or hazardous fumes, but this
presents a challenge to keep them out of the elements. The ideal
solution for this need is the Drum Containment System, which
allows drums to be stored on a spill pallet while a hard cover is
mounted to cover the drums entirely. The polyethylene cover
resists chemicals and the elements to keep the drums from
Spill Containment Berms - Many facilities contain larger areas
where tanks and drums are stored together and within close
proximity to each other. Pallets and racks would not be wise use
of the space, so instead a spill containment berm would meet this
challenge. Usually built with collapsible walls, these berms
allow easy access to the area and provide sufficient protection
against small leaks that are typical with tanks and drums. Spill
containment berms can be small enough for a single tank or large
enough to park a tractor-trailer within.
The investment in these equipment options is far cheaper than the
cost of clean-up and remediation for a spill. Consider this when
reviewing solutions that will fit your facilities needs.
Rathi Niyogi is the CEO of CriticalTool, a national distributor
of Spill Pallets and Spill Containment Berms and other safety
products. If you thought this article was helpful, additional
information on safety storage can be found at
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