August 2010

  • Cleaning and degreasing after a spill

    By John 30 August 2010

    Every industrial site needs to be adequately equipped with the right cleaning equipment. Keeping your working area clean and tidy will not only mean that you can concentrate on the job you have to do, it will also make the area free from potential trip or spill hazards.

    Cleaning equipment at an industrial site will vary from simple sweeping brushes to industrial degreasing floor cleaners, and every industrial site should have a range of equipment at hand so employees can keep their work area tidy.

    It’s not just the responsibly of the cleaners on site to pick up d...

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    Posted in: Spill Cleaning
  • Robotic devices to monitor oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    By Dean 28 August 2010

    Good news for the spill response effort in the Gulf of Mexico. BP is going to use two unmanned wave-gliding machines which will monitor water and marine systems including:

    • Monitoring the water quality including the amount of oil in the water, amount of phytoplankton and dissolved oxygen matter.

    • The number of marine mammals.

    • Weather data.

    The vehicles will start monitoring the area after initial testing and will use solar power to power the electronics in the vehicles and wave power as a form of propulsion.

    BP Gulf Coast Restora...

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    Posted in: News
  • Spill response training courses

    By Dean 27 August 2010

    Managing spills at an industrial site is an important part of a company’s health and safety mandate. And, as part of the process of managing spills, companies should thus have the right spill response products in place. It’s also important of course that staff who may have to deal with a spill are adequately trained and know what to do when a spill occurs.

    Spills happen at inopportune moments and most people who have dealt with a spill and not had adequate training would always say they would have done something differently in their response so the clean-up operation was sm...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Zoo staff donate hair to help clean up oil spill

    By Dean 26 August 2010

    A zoo in East Sussex is doing its bit for the Deepwater Horizon spill response, after staff and visitors donated their shorn hair.

    Approximately 60 people had their hair cut at Drusillas zoo by Icon Stylist’s Jal Clarke. Jal launched his appeal in July when he learned that workers cleaning up the spill were using human hair in booms on the coastline. He had already visited the zoo last month to collect fleeces from llama and alpaca.

    The now hairless people all had their hair cut for free by the stylist who is still on the look out for further hair donations.

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    Posted in: News
  • Spill response in the Gulf of Mexico continues

    By Will 25 August 2010

    Spill response teams are still scouring the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, removing oil and tar balls that continue to wash up on shore.

    Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams (SCATS) patrol the coastline every day looking for any new oil that may have found its way ashore. When oil is located, a spill control task force is deployed to the area to eliminate the spilled fluid.

    Some of the teams are working day and night as part of the spill containment and response effort, with 17 teams currently patrolling the shores of the four affected US States.


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    Posted in: NewsSpill Cleaning
  • Chemical neutralization products

    By Dean 24 August 2010

    You may have spill kits on site to cope with spills of various types of fluids, but do you have chemical neutralizing agents so you can treat the area where the spill occurred?

    Chemical spill kits are really effective at removing the liquid from a chemical spill. However you may have to treat the area where the spill occurred to prevent damage to the environment or just to stop anybody coming into contact with the remains of the spill.

    Neutralizing agents can be bought in three main types including:

    • Acid neutralizing agent

    • Alkali Neutrali...

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    Posted in: Spill Cleaning
  • Spill Absorbents

    By Dean 23 August 2010

    If you are the health and safety rep at an industrial site, you may need to be aware of the different types of absorbent materials available if you need to clean up a spill.

    Absorbents come in many different types to cope with many different types of spills. From oil spills to spills of a chemical nature, there is an absorbent material that can be used to mop it up. Some absorbent materials can also repel water, so can be used at sea or in rivers and streams. These absorbents will only attract the spilled substance such as oil and hence will not become waterlogged reducing thei...

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    Posted in: Absorbents
  • BP face claims from Transocean

    By John 22 August 2010

    There seems to be no good news for BP at the moment, as the company has just had to deny claims that it is hiding data on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

    The firm that owned the Deepwater rig, Transocean, has alleged that BP is not handing over critical information it needs about the explosion on the 20th of April this year.

    In a letter sent to Barack Obama’s cabinet Transocean’s lawyer wrote:

    "BP has continued to demonstrate its unwillingness, if not outright refusal, to deliver even the most basic information to...

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    Posted in: News
  • Drip trays for industrial use

    By Dean 21 August 2010

    One of the simplest forms of spill containment and capture devices is a drip tray. A drip tray can efficiently catch drips or leaks from any type of machinery and can so keep the surrounding area clean and safe for employees.

    Some drip trays are especially manufactured for the specific purpose of catching drips and leaks. And others are manufactured so fluid storage cans or small drums can be placed on them. This means the area under the storage cans will not be contaminated as any spilled fluid will be collected.

    Spill and drip trays can be bought in a huge range ...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • Relining bunded tanks

    By John 20 August 2010

    If you have a pre-existing fuel tank at your industrial site, there may come a time when the tank will need to be replaced. You might even have a fuel tank whose bund has failed or just need to get it checked out to see if it is in a good state of repair.

    Not many people realise that bunds can be refurbished. And bunds can be relined, removing the expense of buying a completely new tank.

    Bund lining is a great solution for those people who don’t have room for a new tank or those whose tank is situated in a position where it is no longer able to be moved because o...

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    Posted in: Bunded Fuel Tanks