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Spill Containment for Manufacturing Operations

Spill berms and containment systems reduce the risk of worker exposure and help comply with SPCC regulations. Hazmat spills can pose serious threats to environments and incur hefty fines from regulating agencies. Spill berms and other containment products from BCI provide compliant protection for capturing spills, leaks and drips from industrial machinery.

Investing in quality spill berms and containment systems keep your facility compliant with the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. In addition to avoiding hefty fines from regulatory bodies, a spill containment solution also acts as an insurance policy to keep your machinery safe and reduce workplace hazards. Whether you work in the oil and gas sector or the power generation sector, these heavy-duty spill control containment systems will protect your business.

Here are a few of the highest quality spill control containment systems available:

Industrial Inside Support QuickBerm®

The Industrial Inside Support QuickBerm is a one-piece pop up spill containment berm that is easily portable yet durable and compliant with SPCC regulations. Complete with heavy-duty aluminum wall supports, this design is fully customizable and ready to protect your facility.

Outside Support QuickBerm®

If there is a temporary spill in the workplace, the Outside Support QuickBerm is the perfect solution. You can efficiently clean up the mess with this lightweight and mobile spill containment system.

Rigid-Lock QuickBerm®

The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm is one of the most popular spill containment solutions with the highest ratings in drive over, portability, and assembly. It also has the highest chemical resistance of virtually any spill containment system available today and holds up to 5,860 gallons. Compliant with EPA and state regulations, this model is ideal for companies that want a sturdy solution with all the benefits of easy mobility.

Angle Bracket QuickBerm®

If your project just needs an extra layer of protection, the Angle Bracket QuickBerm is the perfect solution. It’s both fuel and chemical resistant to protect generators, vehicles, and more. You can also customize the dimensions to make it fit your needs.

Why Spill Containment is Essential

Regardless of what industrial sector your business operates in, spill containment is one of the most important preventative measures that a facility must address.

Thousands of spills occur each day, and it is not only a threat to your business operations and employees, but it can also become a public health and environmental hazard.

Therefore, numerous government regulations, including OSHA and the EPA are cracking down on spill containment and forcing businesses to bring the issue to attention.

According to recent research, the spill containment industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of (CAGR) of 5.02 percent.

Environmental and Workplace Impact of Spills

The impact of chemical and oil spills in the workplace extends far beyond the cost of cleanup and the sunk cost of lost materials.

For example, if you’re transferring liquid chemicals and the hose bursts or leaks, you may lose 50 to 100 gallons before the issue is resolved. These chemicals ultimately end up in a storm drain or otherwise released to the environment if the business doesn’t take necessary precautions.

Even if you aren’t actively delivering chemicals, you could have a pipe burst or leak at the plant resulting in the spillage of hazardous liquids.

In addition to potentially ruining other equipment, hazardous chemicals are dangerous to clean up and put your employees in a hazardous position. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that while immediate dangers, such as central nervous system depression and various skin irritations, may appear in minutes or hours of the incident, others won’t appear until years later. For example, many employees will struggle with congenital malformations and cancers that show up years after the incident.

Spill Containment Regulations

Given the gravity of a chemical or oil spill, it’s no surprise that several government agencies now regulate the use of chemicals.

The first and perhaps most prominent organization regulating spill containment is the EPA. In 1973 the EPA formed the SPCC, which now regulates the majority of spill containment issues.

Regardless of your industry, you must comply with SPCC laws if you meet the following standards:

  • You store over 1,320 gallons of oil
  • You have a “reasonable expectation of oil discharge” to water (based on your geographical location and proximity water)

To comply with SPCC, you must create a plan following EPA guidelines and then train your staff and perform regular maintenance inspections.

If you fail to comply with their regulations or the plan you’ve had approved by the SPCC, your organization could face hefty fines of $32,500 per day. In addition, you must review your plan every three years or when you modify your facility. Failure to do so would result in a fine of approximately $1,500 if no oil was spilled.

However, if there is spilled oil due to gross negligence, the company will be subject to a fine of at least $100,000.

In addition to the SPCC, OSHA also has a list of spill containment regulations. They require thorough training programs for employees, emergency response plans, and several other plans.

Therefore, you must take spill containment concerns seriously to prevent legal trouble.

Solving Safety Concerns With Spill Containment Systems

Fortunately, solving safety (and legal!) concerns regarding spill containment isn’t difficult.

Start by safely storing all chemicals and oils properly. For example, never store chemicals that don’t mix in close proximity. Additionally, if you keep chemicals on shelves, the containers should be placed in a bin or other form of containment with a rim to prevent it from falling over or off the shelf.

Labeling chemicals with keywords like corrosive, flammable, and oil is also a great way to reduce accidents.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, invest in equipment that prevents spills. Rather than relying on preventative measures, position your company to be prepared for worst-case scenarios by purchasing a spill berm. You can place these around containers, barrels, generators, vehicles, and more to contain any potential leaks that could occur.

Learn more about the tools you can use to minimize the consequences of manufacturing and industrial spills today.

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