April 2011

  • Ports at high risk of chemical spills

    By nathan 29 April 2011

    Wherever there is a high concentration of chemicals, it is all the more important to have comprehensive spill control procedures in place. This includes sites that are dedicated to the transport and logistics of chemicals that could have hazardous effects should they be the subject of a leak.

    Ports are particularly vulnerable to leaks, partly because of the amount of chemicals of all kinds that pass in and out of ports on a daily basis. However, they are also high risk because of their proximity to water which increases the potential ill-effects of a spill.

    The Por...

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    Posted in: NewsSpill Cleaning
  • Tank farm gas leak forces school closure

    By Will 28 April 2011

    Chemical spills can have negative consequences on a quite a large scale and every measure should be taken to prevent them from occurring. Of course, accidents and emergencies do happen, so it is just as important to have procedures in place to deal with hazardous leaks.

    For an idea of the negative effect even small spills can have, you need only look into recent news stories. For example, a recent spill in Alaska saw some 2,000 gallons of gasoline leak from a tank farm. The local village of Aniak at the site of the spill was forced to close its school and other buildings, inclu...

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    Posted in: NewsSpill Kits
  • Albertan oil leak highlights spill kit significance

    By John 27 April 2011

    Oil spills are a matter of serious concern for environmentalists and the firms whose operations depend on the infrastructure of their pipelines. With this in mind, it is absolutely vital for firms to invest in the upkeep of their pipelines.

    However, prevention is always better than cure when dealing with oils and chemicals. This is why all companies dealing with these substances need to have effective procedures in place to deal with emergency situations like spills.

    One of the most recent emergency situations to highlight the importance of oil spill kits and emerg...

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  • Chemical spill in Greater Manchester causes headache for United Utilities

    By Dean 22 April 2011

    Water company United Utilities have been left with a hefty bill after thousands of gallons of the chemical xylene made its way into Greater Manchester’s waste water system.

    The chemical, which was spilled when thieves tried to steal a HGV tanker cab, is highly toxic and flammable. The water company are considering prosecuting after it turned into a gelatinous substance upon entering the city’s sewer network. The incident happened at the end of February but United Utilities are still trying to turn the substance back into a solution that can be removed using pumps.

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  • Spill control using a Plant Nappy

    By Will 20 April 2011

    Spill control on an industrial site is really important. Every factory or industrial premises needs to make sure that they have appropriate spill control procedures in place, should a spill occur from one of their liquid stores or from a machine which uses lubrication fluid such as oil.

    If you use an industrial machine, such as a generator, you will need to make sure that spills from this type of machine do not affect the surrounding environment. Generators drip fuel and oil on a frequent basis, so a spill containment device has to be used to collect these spills.

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • Oil well spill containment cap commissioned and ready by the end of the summer

    By Dean 18 April 2011

    An oil well capping device, which would be used to cap a leaking well in an emergency, will be manufactured after a collaboration between the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory group (OSPRAG), BP and JP Kenny.

    The spill response cap, which will be completed by the summer, will be a key component of the UK’s offshore oil and gas contingency plans.

    The cap has been designed so it can be used in a wide range of spill scenarios and is easily deployable from a service vessel.

    The chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, Malcolm Webb, stated:

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  • The different types of absorbent spill control solutions

    By Will 16 April 2011

    There is a range of different types of absorbent materials and products available to keep at the ready at your industrial site, enabling the quick and efficient clean up of a spilled solution. Some of these include:

    Absorbent pads

    Absorbent pads are a quick and effective way to clean up a spill, they are available in general purpose, oil and chemical types and their ease of use makes them extremely popular among users.

    Absorbent socks

    Absorbent socks are a good spill control and clean up solution when you ...

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    Posted in: Absorbents
  • IBC spill pallets

    By Dean 13 April 2011

    If you store large volumes of liquids at your industrial site, you will need some form of storage solution that will keep your liquid containers safe and will collect the liquid if a spill should occur.

    IBC or Intermediate Bulk Containers are the perfect way to store volumes of liquid at an industrial site. They are manufactured from high density polyethylene and because of their design and stacking potential, can be moved quite easily around the factory. Most IBCs come fitted with a steel mesh cage which protects them from bumps and knock, but accidents can happen.

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    Posted in: Spill Pallets
  • Application specific spill kits

    By Dean 11 April 2011

    Many industrial facilities have procedures in place to cope with a hazardous liquid spill. Staff may have been trained to cope with a spill and a spill kit may be available to deal with a spill should one occur. However, what happens if the spill occurs and the spill kit is located at the other side of the factory?

    One of the most important considerations in a spill response plan is the time it takes to gain control of a spillage. If your spill kit is located at a different part of the plant, there is no question that the spill response time will be delayed and the effects of a...

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • Rally spill kits that meet MSA regulations

    By nathan 10 April 2011

    With the Motor Sport Association (MSA) stating that spill kits must be held by both competitors and race organisers themselves, it’s never been so important to make sure you have an MSA approved spill kit at the ready in case of a vehicle liquid spill when you attend a track day.

    The new MSA regulations came into force on the 1st of January and state that all competitors should hold a spill kit with at least the capacity to deal with an automotive fluid leak of 1.25 litres.

    In rallying, the 2011 MSA ‘blue book’ also states that the emergency and medical servi...

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    Posted in: Spill Kits