September 2011

  • Ask Yellow Shield : What are the 10 Key Issues in Successful Oil Spill Control

    By nathan 30 September 2011

    BP UK Logistics carried out an investigation of several hundred oil spills over the last 5 years and asked why there was an accident and what factors were key to successful spill control – See EA Report (click through to EA Report).

    The result was a recommendation to focus on management procedures before moving to provide equipment or training the workforce.

    1. Have you done a Site Spill Risk Assessment?
    2. A Site Spill Risk Assessment must be the starting point. It does not need to be formal. ...

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  • Containment booms used in Aberdeen harbour after spill

    By John 29 September 2011

    A fuel oil spill in the harbour of Aberdeen warranted a full scale spill containment and clean up exercise last week.

    The spill in Aberdeen harbour occurred when 1500 litres of fuel oil spilled from a Norwegian cargo ship when she was refuelling in the Torry Dock. The spill occurred due to a leaking fuel tank.

    Spill containment booms were placed around the vessel while the oil was skimmed from the surface of the water. Around 500 litres was removed by Shell that evening and the remaining oil was removed over the following days.

    A Shell spokesperson stated:

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    Posted in: News
  • Storage drums, drum taps and drum pumps

    By John 27 September 2011

    Storing hazardous liquid, such as fuels or oils in drums, is one of the most popular ways to hold and transport this type of liquid. Drums are available in either steel or polyethylene types and can feature either a top which can be opened completely or come tight headed.

    Storage drums

    Standard drums come in 205 lire capacity sizes, which is the norm on most industrial sites. The drums can also come pre-painted in different colours, depending on your specific application. Plastic barrels and plastic drums are more versatile than their steel counter...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Spill drain covers

    By Dean 25 September 2011

    When a spill occurs at an industrial site, the site must do everything in their power to stop the spill entering the general waste water network. To do this they usually have spill response plans in place and have made sure all relevant staff have been trained.

    Spill training is essential for all members of staff who work with hazardous liquids. Although spills are generally an uncommon occurrence, they do happen, and it’s only when staff are trained that the response can be quick, effective and efficient.

    Mouldable drain covers

    One ...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • Choosing the right drip tray

    By Dean 23 September 2011

    It’s practically impossible to stop a machine leaking its lubricant for the entirety of its lifespan. As machines get old the seams between joints start to fail and seals and gaskets start to break down. When this happens the machine must be overhauled, but it is not always the case that this can happen as soon as a drip or leak is noticed.

    If a machine has developed a small drip or leak of a lubricating substance such as oil, it’s often the case that a drip tray will be placed under the machine to catch any drips or leaks so they do not affect the surrounding environment. ...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Industrial materials handling equipment

    By Dean 21 September 2011

    In industry there is a wide range of different methods available for moving equipment around site. Many of these types of equipment are used on a daily basis and are essential so a worker can perform his or her daily duties.

    Stair climbing sack trucks

    Sack trucks are used on a daily basis at an industrial plant to move equipment and stock from one department to another. The sack truck provides space for the equipment to be moved and then the user simply has to push or pull the truck along and hence complies with the relevant health and safety regul...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Bunded fuel tanks - the basics

    By John 19 September 2011

    Many industrial premises store fuel or oil for industrial processes. And to do this they need an appropriate liquid storage solution. With the stringent Oil Storage regulations 2001 to follow, many sites need recommendations on how they can adhere to the rules and get a storage solution which works for them.

    To comply with the oil storage regulations, many sites now have to use bunded tanks. The bunk in the tank acts as a second skin and can actually collect all the stored liquid if the internal skin fails. A bund in a bunded tank will usually have the capacity of 110% of the o...

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    Posted in: Bunded Fuel Tanks
  • Emergency oil well cap ready for action

    By Will 17 September 2011

    An oil spill such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico last year should no longer have similar implications should it occur in British waters after a new oil well spill cap was unveiled.

    The new emergency oil spill cap, which weighs 40 tonnes, was developed by OSPRAG, BP and Wood Group Kenny. It was built by Cameron Ltd in Leeds.

    The cap works by sitting over any leak from an oil well and collecting the leaking oil. The cap minimises damage to the environment and gives oil well workers time to find a permanent way to stop the leak.

    More than 200 tonnes of ...

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    Posted in: News
  • Choosing general purpose spill kits

    By Dean 15 September 2011

    There are many types of spill kits available for use in a wide range of applications. However, perhaps the most widely used type of spill kits are general purpose spill kits. General purpose spill kits are a good all-purpose type of spill kit which is great to keep at the ready should a spill of an unknown liquid occur.

    General purpose spill kits contain things such as absorbent socks, pillows and mats. The absorbents contained within these types of spill kits are suitable for soaking up spills of non-aggressive and non-hazardous liquids. The kit usually contains things such as...

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • Safety wear and protective clothing

    By John 13 September 2011

    There are a wide range of different types of personal protective equipment for those people who work in industry. Some of these different types are explained in a little more detail below.

    Safety goggles

    Safety goggles should always be worn when there is the potential for damaging a person’s eyes. Thus may be worn due to the person using a power drill or it may be due to the person handling a corrosive liquid where splashes may occur.

    Safety gloves

    When you come into contact with contaminants or there is...

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    Posted in: Other