February 2012

  • Spill kit types and uses

    By Will 29 February 2012

    Every industrial site need to assess the potential for spillages of hazardous liquids and then make provision for their successful clean-up. And the best way to clean up any spill is to use a specific type of spill kit.

    Spill kits are available in many different types including:

    General purpose spill kits

    One of the most versatile spill kits currently available is the general purpose spill kit. Although not dedicated to any specific type of spill, these spill kits are the perfect type of kit to keep at the ready should a liquid spill occur.

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    Posted in: Spill Kits
  • The importance of industrial spill prevention

    By John 28 February 2012

    As can be seen by the protracted financial coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico it is in the interests of everyone in industry that relevant spill control measures are put into place to stop spills happening.

    Spills aren’t just a problem which can pose a risk to the health of your employees and the surrounding environment; they can also pose a serious threat to your bank balance, as the potential for prosecution from bodies such as the Environment Agency is very high.

    For those companies who work with chemicals, oils or fuels it thus becomes pertine...

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    Posted in: Spill Cleaning
  • Historians looking for memories of the Torrey Canyon oil spill

    By Dean 26 February 2012

    Historians are looking for people who have a recollection of a major oil spill which happened in the 1960s.

    The Torrey Canyon ran aground between the Scilly Isles and Land’s End in 1967 and more than 110,000 tonnes of crude oil flowed into the sea.

    The incident was dealt with by the Navy and the RAF with many local volunteers helping clean-up the spilled oil from the sea and nearby beaches.

    The University of Exeter are asking for people who remember the event to share their memories.

    One of the historians involved in the study, Jos Smit...

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    Posted in: News
  • Drum taps, dollies and pumps

    By John 24 February 2012

    Many industrial sites use liquid storage drums around site to store liquid for process applications. However, these drums need to be stored safely to make sure that the risk of a spill is minimised.

    Some of the equipment you might need to keep drums safely include:

    Drum pumps

    A drum pump is a device which can pump liquid into or out of a drum into another storage container. These pumps can be either mechanically or electrically operated and are available in a wide range of sizes. Most pumps are made from materials which can withstand c...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Bunded tank refurbishment

    By John 22 February 2012

    It may not always have to be the case that an existing fuel tank on site will have to be replaced when it seems to have got to the end of its usable life. Fuel tanks can now be refurbished and bunds repaired so that the expense of buying and installing a new tank is completely removed.

    If it is impossible to remove a fuel tank due to prior installations around the tank area you may have little option but to opt for bund lining. And in many cases installing a new bund liner is far more cost-effective than investing in a replacement tank.

    New bund lining procedures u...

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    Posted in: Bunded Fuel Tanks
  • Industrial, commercial and healthcare waste bins

    By Will 20 February 2012

    All industrial sites have a wide range of different types of rubbish to dispose of. And with the correct disposal of different types of waste more important than ever, there becomes a need to segregate the disposal of this waste into different types of waste carrying containers.

    Wheelie bins

    Wheelie bins are perhaps the most common type of waste carrying vessel now available. Wheeled bins are available in a wide range of different sizes and colours so can be used very successfully to segregate waste. The tough high density polyethylene they are man...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Emergency leak sealing solutions

    By John 18 February 2012

    In some situations it is impractical or improbable to move or empty a leaking container before it spills its contents onto a protected area. In these situations what’s needed is an emergency leak seal compound, which can be used as a temporary barrier until a permanent solution is found.

    Leak sealing putty

    Leak sealing putty can effectively plug fuel and hazardous waste liquid leaks, and can stick to numerous surfaces making it suitable for use in host of environments.

    The putty is oil and petrol resistant and can be directly applied...

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    Posted in: Other
  • Four types of spill containment products

    By John 16 February 2012

    Spill pallets and bunds

    Spill pallets are one of the best ways to store drums and IBCs safely. The drum or IBC is sited on the pallet and so if the drum or IBC were to leak the spill pallet will collect the spilled liquid. Spill pallets usually contain a bund which is large enough to store all the spilled liquid from the stored container.

    Drip trays

    Drip trays are used widely in industry as an emergency device to catch drips of leaky lubrication fluid and as a place to store liquid containers whilst they are being used...

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    Posted in: Spill Containment
  • Chemical spill at Seaforth docks

    By Dean 14 February 2012

    A chemical leak from a container at Seaforth docks saw 20 workers admitted to hospital after breathing in the fumes.

    The incident occurred last Monday at the docks site after a container was being unloaded from a ship. The chemical substance spilled was believed to be Pyridine.

    Specialist spill crews who were based on site at the docks immediately attended the spill and removed the tank to a designated isolation area. However, the 20 workers had already breathed the noxious fumes.

    Workers complained of feeling nauseous and being sick so were taken to h...

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    Posted in: News
  • Spill control training and assessment

    By John 12 February 2012

    For industrial sites which use hazardous liquids, there is always the possibility of these liquids being spilled. Because of this it is important that all staff on site are appropriately trained as to what to do if a spill should occur.

    If a company has taken steps to prepare for a spill, the spill response time can be reduced dramatically. This is likely because employees will know what to do, where the spill control equipment is located and also how to use the spill equipment on site.

    When staff at an industrial site are trained in spill response they will be ab...

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    Posted in: Other