June 2010

  • Vehicle spill kits

    By Dean 30 June 2010

    Spill kits are widely used in industry to control the spill of liquids such as oil and prevent the spill from further endangering the environment. They might contain things like PPE, absorbent pillows, absorbent pads and absorbent socks. People now realise the danger a spill can cause and often have these kits on hand so they can be used when needed.

    Although spill kits are widely used in industrial environments, they can also be used in other situations too. Some spill kits are put together that focus on containing spills on the surface of water, such as a lake or a pond, othe...

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • Generator drip solutions

    By Will 29 June 2010

    If you have ever used a generator, you will be aware how noisy, smelly and dirty they can be, especially if the generator is a few years old. It’s not uncommon for the odd drip of oil to occur. These leaks need to be controlled and not allowed to pollute the environment, so you need to use a spill collection solution under the generator to mop up any leaks.

    You will normally have to use a generator if there is no power source nearby. That means that generators are frequently used in rural environments, exactly the type of place that needs extra protection from oil or fuel spi...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • What types of PPE are available?

    By Dean 28 June 2010

    Every factory employee uses personal protective equipment (PPE) as standard when working with harmful substances such as oil. From the basic level of protection, which is covering the hands with a pair of gloves, to all over chemical suits, the level of protection that you use is determined by the job you are doing.

    PPE should be made easily available for all employees to use and should be kept in a location that is easily accessible. One employee should be given the duty of making sure that the stock of PPE is maintained and PPE that may be used multiple times, such as goggles...

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    Posted in: Spill Cleaning
  • Oil drum storage solutions

    By Will 27 June 2010

    If you use liquid storage or container drums at your industrial site, you will need to have provision to contain spills from the drums if a spill were to occur. The days when the drums were left around at the facility for users to take liquid when they wanted have long gone. Oil drum storage solutions have now been designed so you can keep all your drums together so the contents can be easily dispensed. Some also have liquid containment devices under the drums so any leaks, drips or spills from the drums can be safely contained.

    Drum racking systems must conform to the oil stor...

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    Posted in: Bunded Fuel Tanks
  • Accident forces BP to remove spill containment cap in the Gulf of Mexico

    By Dean 26 June 2010

    An accident involving a submersible has meant the oil giant BP had to remove the spill containment cap that was fixed onto the leaking blowout preventer in the Gulf of Mexico.

    On Wednesday, a robotic submersible bumped into a venting system that carried warm water down to the cap to prevent ice crystals forming. BP has now refitted the cap, but it was removed for most of the day on Wednesday, meaning as much as 60,000 barrels of crude oil may have leaked into the Gulf.

    As a result of the submersible accident, gas had risen up through the venting system and was det...

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    Posted in: News
  • Spill containment booms

    By John 25 June 2010

    We have mentioned quite recently the importance of using containment booms to contain fuel or oil leaks on open water. The importance of these spill containment devices can be seen no more so than in the Gulf of Mexico, where approximately 3.7 million feet of booms are currently being used to try to contain the huge amount of oil that has leaked out of the broken riser pipe from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

    Containment booms come in a few different types and include fence booms and inflatable booms. The fence booms are perhaps more suitable for low flow rivers and s...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • A summary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Part 2)

    By John 24 June 2010

    This article continues our summary of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    5th May

    The oil leak from the end of the drilling pipe is stopped. The main leak is still causing concern. BP lowers a huge spill containment dome over the site three days later on 8th May. However this fails due to frozen hydrates.

    16th May

    A remote tube is placed in the leaking riser pipe to funnel oil and gas to an oil tanker on the surface.

    26th May

    A top kill method is used to try to stop leak from ...

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    Posted in: News
  • A summary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Part 1)

    By John 23 June 2010

    The political fallout from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico trundles on apace, but there has been little media coverage of the spill itself over the last couple of weeks and most of it seems directed at BP CEO Tony Hayward.

    Although the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer has now been capped, it is estimated that at least half the oil from the well is still leaking in the Gulf of Mexico.

    BP has faced many challenges since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on the 20th of April and two months on they are still facing a serious public, political and media ba...

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    Posted in: News
  • Spill containment and control training

    By Dean 22 June 2010

    It is not just enough to provide your employees with spill control equipment, you must also make sure that they are adequately trained to deal with any spill that you may have on site.

    Spill training can teach employees of the necessity to react quickly and safely in the event of a spill. They will thus be able to use the spill control and containment equipment properly and effectively and hence will stand a better chance of rectifying the situation before it worsens.

    It’s not however just important that you know how to cope with general spillages, you should al...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • Problem found with blowout preventer before Deepwater Horizon explosion

    By Dean 21 June 2010

    In a new development in the Gulf of Mexico, a Deepwater Horizon oil worker has told the BBC that a leak was identified in the oil rig’s safety gear a few weeks before the explosion that killed eleven workers.

    It is alleged that the leak was not repaired at the time and a backup device was used instead. When the rig exploded on the 20th of April, the blowout preventer failed causing the huge oil spill.

    The rig worker Tyrone Benton has stated that a problem found was with the blowout preventer control pod that is the brains behind shutting down the well in the eve...

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    Posted in: News