It is necessary in nearly every facility that machinery has proper maintenance with lubricants. Providing the correct maintenance positively impacts the life and performance of equipment to keep costs down and production up. Lubricants and petroleum chemicals also must be contained when not in use. Spill berms and secondary containment products from Basic Concepts offers compliant solutions for indoor or outdoor storage areas.
Petroleum and lubricants are commonly found in IBCs, drums and other polyethylene totes. Bulk storage of these containers provide facilities with necessary quantities for keeping machinery lubricated for long periods of time. Basic Concepts spill containment berms are designed to temporarily store bulk quantities of drums and totes and/or single quantities of each.
Manufacturing facilities frequently need to store industrial petroleum lubricants in bulk to keep equipment lubricated and in good working order. Facilities must follow best practices for lubricant storage and handling, including secondary containment, to avoid tank spills.
What are Industrial Petroleum Lubricants?
Industrial petroleum lubricants are used to reduce friction and heat in different types of equipment to extend its life and reduce wear and tear. Lubricating oils are blended from base oils for different levels of viscosity and other properties.
Petroleum lubricants include greases and oils for automotive, maritime, manufacturing and other applications that can be used for maintenance of motors, hydraulics, gears, chains and more.
The Dangers of Lubricants
Some industrial lubricants can pose health hazards. Employees should wear safety equipment such as gloves and protective glasses when handling industrial lubricants or greases to avoid chemical irritation and longer-term exposure. If lubricants touch the skin, clean the area immediately with an approved soap and water.
If a lubricant spill leaves stains or puddles on the floor, clean immediately and use caution to avoid slipping and falling. An estimated 50 percent of all lubricants end up in the environment due to spills, accidents, improper disposal and other losses. Compared to plant-based oils, mineral-based oils can have low biodegradability and high eco-toxicity, making them harmful to the environment.
What Are the Best Practices for Lubricant Storage and Handling?
Any petroleum lubricant container of 55 gallons or more is subject to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations for Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC), which include requirements for secondary containment. Tanks and other primary storage systems must have the capacity to contain at least 10 percent of the total volume of the primary container or 100 percent of the volume of the largest container, whichever is greater.
Facilities should have written SPCC plans, certified by a professional engineer, to prevent oil discharges and contamination of waterways. Secondary containment can include active measures such as responding to a spill with a containment kit. Passive measures include retaining walls, containment pallets or spill berms. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also has standards for the safe handling of oil storage tanks, drums and other containers.
Lube oil storage should ensure easy removal for regular use, such as during scheduled equipment maintenance. Lubricants should be protected from potential contamination and also from the degradation that can occur when stored in extremely cold or hot temperatures. Take all precautions for fire and safety when storing petroleum products.
What are the Benefits of Using Spill Berms?
Flexible berms can provide secondary containment to lubricant storage tanks and can be used like pools or basins placed under storage tanks or pallets loaded with drums. Some berms have a convenient, one-piece design that allows them to be folded for easy storage and transportation. In the event of lubricant spills or leaks, the berms keep the chemicals within a contained space for easy cleanup while complying with EPA and SPCC requirements.
The RigidLock QuickBerm® offer users with drive through capability when loading or unloading palletized drums or totes. Quick loading brackets are designed to be virtually unbreakable for heavy duty use. Spill berms by Basic Concepts are chemical resistant to withstand harsh chemicals.
The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm® is designed specifically to meet or exceed EPA state and federal regulations for secondary spill containment. This includes the SPCC requirements for spill containment found in 40 CFR part 112 found in the Clean Water Act.
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