November 2011

  • Make provision for untoward spills

    By Will 30 November 2011

    Many industrial sites now have spill kits available to soak up liquid spills should they occur. However, many sites still don’t have the necessary equipment to stop a spilled liquid entering the general waste water network.

    If spilled liquid were to enter the waste water sewer it could pose a serious hazard to the environment. And the Environment Agency takes a dim view of the occasional spills that find their way into the drains, making sure that the perpetrators are found and prosecuted.

    To stop spilled liquid entering a drain you can use emergency drain covers...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • Oil spill contaminates Bury St Edmunds river

    By Dean 28 November 2011

    Approximately 5,000 gallons of oil has been spilled into a river in Bury St Edmunds causing significant damage.

    The River Lark was polluted by red diesel from a nearby industrial estate, which affected the waterway for around 2.5 miles to the Suffolk Golf & Country Club.

    The Environment Agency are on the scene and are using absorbent booms and absorbent pads to try to soak up some of the oil and stop it spreading.

    A spokesperson for the Environment Agency stated:

    "So far, it's been contained although it is a fairly significant stre...

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    Posted in: News
  • Refills for spill kits

    By Will 26 November 2011

    If you have a variety of spill kits on site, you’ll know how important it is to keep an inventory of all the items in the spill kits so that these items can be used when needed.

    From time to time employees may use some of the absorbent products contained within the spill kits to clean up small liquid spills on site. So these items will need to be replaced. And a better way of replacing the used items in a spill kit than replacing the kit in its entirety is to order refill items for the kits you own.

    There are many spill kit refills available; you simply need to g...

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • Dangerous substance symbols

    By John 24 November 2011

    It’s common for an industrial site to have a variety of dangerous liquids on site, which they use as part of their production processes. However, it’s not common for all members of staff to be trained in the use of these products and some employees may not even know these products are on site at all.

    All dangerous materials, whether liquid or solid should be marked accordingly, so that anyone using the materials can see they are hazardous. These products might contain an internationally recognised danger symbol or a European danger symbol.

    Danger symbols are e...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Spill kit types - Vehicle spill kits

    By John 22 November 2011

    Spill kits are now used widely in industrial environments where liquid spills may present a threat to employees or the environment. They contain things such as personal protective equipment and absorbent materials to soak up a spill.

    Although spill kits are used frequently in industrial environments, because of the compact size in which some spill kits are available, they can also be used in other situations too. For example, vehicle spill kits are becoming more common all the time and are essential for those drivers who transport liquids or other dangerous materials.

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • Spill kit types - Battery acid spill kits

    By Dean 21 November 2011

    Many industrial sites now use a range of automated machinery to facilitate production requirements. When industrial machines have to work autonomously, they have to rely on another source of power other than the mains supply. Most machines of this type use electricity from a bank of batteries which are fitted to the machine. When the machine is not in the use, the batteries are charged up at a charging station.

    Increased automation in warehouses and factories has led to increased chances of a spill of battery acid. This means these places of work have to have the right equipmen...

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • The importance of spill training

    By John 17 November 2011

    Many different types of liquids are used in industrial processes, some hazardous, some benign. However, to comply with the latest legislation all industrial premises which use liquids at their site must have some sort of policy or spill control procedure in place so employees know how to react to a spill of an unknown liquid.

    It’s important that staff who work with industrial liquids are trained on how to handle them properly and what to do if a spill occurs. Coping with a spill can be difficult and special measures may have to be taken, something you will only know how to do...

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    Posted in: OtherSpill Containment
  • Chemical drum spill causes chaos at Gloucestershire factory

    By John 15 November 2011

    Workers at a Gloucestershire factory were evacuated on Monday after a chemical storage drum became unstable and released a noxious vapour cloud.

    In excess of 35 fire fighters were called to the scene at Dowty Propellers in Staveton at around 3:30pm on Monday. An adverse chemical reaction in the drum created an environment in which the drum could burst and spill hazardous liquid across a workshop area. The reaction also created a toxic vapour cloud.

    The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Environmental Protection Unit attended the scene and were supported by the...

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    Posted in: News
  • IBC spill pallets and IBC spill bunds

    By John 12 November 2011

    Many industrial sites use intermediate storage containers (IBCs) to store the liquids they use for process operations. Because of this, they need to take precautions so that the contents of the containers does not leak and contaminate the surrounding area.

    It’s common for IBCs to have pallet-like bases so they can be transported around the site by forklift trucks and pump trucks. However, IBCs can drip or leak when they are first opened or while being transported or stored. Because of this it’s really important to use some sort of spill containment device under the IBC so a...

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    Posted in: Spill Pallets
  • Tank relining services

    By Will 9 November 2011

    It’s really important for every industrial site to carry out an inspection of any liquid carrying tanks they have on site on a regular basis. Over time the materials these tanks are made from will see signs of wear. Tanks may also be damaged, something which may go unnoticed until the inspection is carried out.

    A leak from a liquid containing tank can cause significant damage to the environment if the liquid is of a hazardous nature. In many cases the Environment Agency will have to be informed and if procedures have not been followed a hefty fine may ensue.

    If y...

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    Posted in: Bunded Fuel Tanks