Military installations with hangars, garages or maintenance facilities often must accommodate a large concentration of vehicles and other equipment, which can be subject to oil and fuel leaks over time. One U.S. Army base in Seoul, Korea, saw 84 oil leaks between 1990 and 2015, including seven leaks of more than 1,000 gallons of oil apiece.
Drip Pads for Hazardous Waste Containment
A drip pad can be the first line of defense in containing oil, chemicals or other hazardous waste as it can capture small leaks before they contaminate the ground or create an unsafe work surface while ensuring environmental compliance.
Many effective oil drip pads are designed from UV and chemical resistant, modified PVC. They can consist of oil-only sorbents within a leak-proof barrier, as opposed to pads designed to absorb water or other materials. (These are not to be mistaken for concrete drip pads that are engineered structures designed to convey excess drippage or precipitation to an associated collection system.)
Weighted oil drip pads can serve as part of portable containment systems for equipment and machinery. Drip pads can be positioned and anchored under engines, leaky valves and other areas prone to leaks. Different sized drip pads can accommodate larger or smaller leaks.
Why Use Drip Pads?
Sorbent drip pads can ensure that a military installation is in compliance with regulations and minimize the impact of an oil or fuel spill on the surrounding environment.
According to the EPA, an oil spill may represent a threat to public health based on the size and nature of the oil discharge and its proximity to human populations and sensitive environments.
The EPA regulation for Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) includes a requirement for general secondary containment, including sorbent materials or drip pans, for mobile refuelers, tanker trucks and locations where oil is transferred to and from containers. Containment can also be required for oil-filled electrical or operating equipment such as lubricating systems or transformers.
Oil stains can cause damage and disruptions to a workspace. Standing oil from a leak or spill can increase the risk that a worker will slip and fall or otherwise be injured on the job. Oil spills can also leave unsightly stains on concrete or other surfaces, which must be removed if the surface needs a fresh coating or sealant.
In addition, deep oil spots on asphalt can cause the material to become softer and more prone to damage over time.
Oil spills and stains should be removed from concrete or another surface as quickly as possible. Drip pads can limit or prevent spilled oil from contacting the surface.
Which Drip Pads Are Best for the Military?
Facilities that contain or use oil in large quantities should stock oil spill kits for cleanup. Spill kits serve as a form of containment for facilities that must comply with SPCC regulations for oil or hazardous waste. Oil spill kits generally contain absorbent pads and mats, protective clothing, waste-handling bags and other items useful for cleaning up the spilled area.
As an example of a military policy regarding oil spills, the U.S. Army’s policy is to prevent spills or oil and other hazardous substances and to respond rapidly when spills occur.
Military spill kit requirements for maintenance facilities include universal absorbent pads, while the recommended spill kit inventory for field exercises includes synthetic polyethylene absorbent pads and biodegradable cotton absorbent pads. According to the requirements, during cleanup absorbent pads and rags must be placed in clear, durable trash bags for proper disposal.
Containment equipment such as drip pads or pans can be required for oil leaks designated as Class III, which involves formation of drips that fall to the ground.
Basic Concepts for Military Use
The best oil drip pads for military installations can be used quickly and effectively to ensure compliance with environmental regulations while containing fuel spills and other hazardous materials. Hazardous waste drip pads designed for durability can withstand the wear and tear of military applications while ensuring that a facility lives up to the most discerning standards of cleanliness and efficiency.
These drip pads feature replaceable, oil-only sorbent within a welded leak-proof barrier. Rated for drive-over applications, pads include brass grommets in opposing corners for anchoring. Anchoring stakes not included. Pads come in two sizes; extended model is weighted to keep it down in high winds. Outer shell is reusable with optional refill sorbent packs. Helps comply with EPA and SPCC.
Basic Concepts drip pads are made from UV and chemical resistant modified PVC. Available in different sizes to meet user requirements.