Discover the Best Ways to Prevent and Contain Spills

By Steven Harrisson, August 7, 2018

There are numerous instances where spillage occurs in the workplace, especially in the storage, oil or gas industry. For that reason, it only makes sense that you should try and keep all of the liquids inside their containers, away and safe from other traffic. However, even when you do everything by the book, there’s still a chance of an accident happening. Whether someone knocks it down with a forklift or other heavy machinery or accidentally bumps into it causing a minor spillage, you should consider placing all of the containers on a bund pallet so that the spillage doesn’t go all over the place.

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Spill containment pallets, also known as bunded pallets, come in a large selection of forms. You can choose a single bund pallet to hold a drum, or you can go with double options and multiple-drum products that can keep several drums safe at once. Sometimes, the drums are tied together so that they stay upright to provide room for spillage so it doesn’t go over the top. You can find various different solutions, depending on your requirements and available storage space.

But regardless of how well-equipped you are to prevent spillage, it can still happen. Australian legislation requires you to have spill kits if you deal with chemicals and hazardous liquids. If you’re unsure of what to look for in spill kits, it’s quite simple – portability, contents, and frequency of use. Depending on the size of your warehouse or worksite, and the area where a potential spill might take place, you want to keep spill kits in easily accessible locations. It’s always recommended that you have multiple spill kits across your facilities, but if that’s not possible, then you want the spill kit you have to be extremely portable. The designated people who are supposed to handle spills should be able to get to the kit’s location with ease.

Furthermore, the contents of the spill kit you opt for should match the types of spills that may occur in your facility. Not all chemicals and liquids can be cleaned up using the same materials. For that reason, buy spill kits from reputable vendors, and talk to their representatives about your specific needs. In many cases, the vendor can prepare a custom-made kit for you. Additionally, ask for personal protective equipment if it is not included in the kit.

Lastly, consider how often the kit will be used. In some cases, it’s better to buy multiple kits as this will give you more to work with, thus allowing you to clean or contain the spill quicker and more efficiently.