Flexible spill containment berms are designed for a variety of applications, including heavy-duty vehicles, pallets loaded with drums, chemical totes, and more. Safely contain spills or leaks with Basic Concepts user-friendly spill containment berms. With the simple pull of the berms’ side walls, Basic Concepts flexible spill berms are fully engaged to contain oil, fuel, and other hazardous materials on-site in minutes.
Flexible Spill Containment Berms
Facilities that use or store oil or oil-related products may be subject to secondary containment requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined guidelines for determining which facilities are responsible for developing spill prevention control and countermeasures—or SPCC plans—in order to prevent spills from having a deleterious impact on the environment.
One countermeasure that the EPA regulations require is the use of secondary spill containment units that prevent contamination in the event of a spill or leak. Flexible spill containment berms are mobile spill containment units that can be rapidly deployed with little to no assembly. They are designed to enable facilities to comply with EPA regulations pertaining to the storage of oil or oil-related substances.
To help you find the containment unit that is best suited to your needs, here is an outline of what the EPA requirements are, which facilities are responsible for developing an SPCC plan, how to calculate spill containment volume, and a general description of various flexible containment units and their applications.
Who is Required to Have a Secondary Containment System?
Secondary containment systems are used to contain oils or other substances in the event of an accidental spill. Secondary containment is regulated by the spill prevention control and countermeasures rules. According to the EPA, the SPCC regulations apply to facilities that:
Store transfer or use oil. Facilities that store, transfer or use oil or oil-related products, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat.
Store above a certain amount. Facilities that store more than 1,320 gallons in above-ground containers—counting only containers that store 55 gallons or more—or 42,000 gallons in completely buried containers.
Could contaminate waterways. If a facility stores oil or oil-related products that could reasonably be expected to discharge into navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines, such as lakes, rivers, and streams, then they are subject to the SPCC rules.
Developing an SPCC Plan
Facilities that meet all criteria according to the SPCC rules for secondary containment are responsible for developing an SPCC plan designed to mitigate the impact of an accidental spill. Part of developing an SPCC plan involves using either active or passive containment measures to prevent an oil spill from entering a waterway.
An active containment measure requires human intervention or action in response to a leak or spill. An example of an active containment measure would be a storm drain cover or a spill kit.
The drawback of an active containment unit is that not all facilities have the staff or personnel available to immediately and effectively respond to a spill in time to prevent contamination. Passive containment measures require no human action. An example of a passive containment unit is a flexible spill berm.
Calculating Spill Containment Capacity
If your facility is subject to the SPCC rules for secondary containment, the next step in achieving compliance is to find a secondary spill container with the appropriate spill capacity. According to CFR 40 122.7 from the EPA: The entire containment system, including walls and floor, must be capable of containing oil and must be constructed so that any discharge from a primary containment system, such as a tank, will not escape the containment system before cleanup occurs.
To calculate spill volume, follow these simple steps:
List the containers. List the containers that will be in the secondary containment area.
Identify the largest. Determine the volume of the largest single container in the list – then add 10 percent freeboard volume.
Convert gallons to cubic feet. Convert the gallon volume into cubic feet units using this formula: cubic feet = gallons / 7.48.
Calculate the area. Use the berm wall height to convert your volume measurement into an area required using this formula: area = volume/height.
Determine the size. Calculate a length and breadth that fits into the available workspace.
Find the right-sized container. Select a standard berm that meets your calculated needs.
Solutions for Temporary or Flexible Spill Containment
Basic Concepts features a wide range of flexible spill containment solutions that are designed for a variety of applications. To help you find the solution that is best suited to your needs, here is a breakdown of some of our most popular secondary containment options.
Rigid-Lock QuickBerm. A long-time best-seller, the Rigid-Lock QuickBerm features quick deployment capabilities that enable users to easily comply with EPA regulations. The Rigid-Lock is a single piece of construction and requires no assembly. By simply pushing on the outer walls, users can unlock the supports and enable vehicles to drive over the berm from any angle.
High-Wall Berm. The High-Wall Berm is ideal for uneven terrain and stationary containment needs. The High-Wall Berm features 3-feet (0.9 m) tall all aluminum quick-set A-frame supports that enable it to easily adjust to grassy or bumpy terrain. No tools are required to assemble the High-Wall Berm, and it is best suited for applications such as storage for transformers, generators, metal/poly tanks, IBCs, oiling/refueling operations, and waste materials.
Angle Bracket QuickBerm. The Angle Bracket QuickBerm is an economical option for addressing secondary containment needs. To deploy the Angle Bracket QuickBerm, simply unfold and insert the in-wall angle iron supports. Once assembled, this flexible containment unit will provide a clean perimeter with no triangulated wall brace supports in the way.
Outside Support QuickBerm. For temporary spill containment, the Outside Support QuickBerm is ideal. This flexible berm features folded corner welds for greater durability and liquid retention. The easy-to-fold outside aluminum supports enable users to quickly disassemble and store The Outside Support QuickBerm. This berm is designed for a variety of applications and will help facilities comply with SPCC regulations.
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Flexible Spill Containment Berms
|High-Wall Berm||Rigid-Lock QuickBerm®||Outside Support QuickBerm||Inside Support QuickBerm®||Angle Bracket QuickBerm®|
|Wall Height||36″||8″ & 12″||8″, 12″, 18″ & 24″||8″, 12″ & 18″||8″, 12″, 18″ & 24″|
|Support Style||Aluminum Folding A-Frame||Rigid-Lock||External Diagonal Support||Internal Diagonal Support||Galvanized Wire Form Angle Bracket (Requires assembly)|
|Maximize usable internal floor space|
|Custom Sizes Available||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|