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Spills can happen anytime, even if you have all the necessary safety measures for spill prevention. Spills need to be contained to avoid causing damage to people, facilities and the environment. Any workplace that deal with chemicals need protection from accidental hazardous spills. This includes industrial facilities, production facilities, car repair shops, or home repair supplies stores. They all handle and store chemicals of some type, and those can spill.
Under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, certain types of facilities that handle hazardous substances need to comply with Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations (40 CFR 112.1). The SPCC procedures help prevent such dangerous spills from leaving facilities and reaching our waterways such as streams, lakes, oceans, etc. If these precautionary measures fail, facilities also need to be prepared to handle spills.
Containment pallets are the easiest way to control unexpected spills or leaks of a chemical from a drum or other storage container. They provide an extra layer of protection for your drums or other containers. These pallets - available in 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 drum sizes - are made from polyethylene, fluorinated polyethylene or steel to help ensure safety and chemical resistance. Spill pallets are required by the EPA to have a storage capacity of twenty percent more than the largest container holding liquid inside the containment area. This means that, for a 55 gallon drum, the reservoir capacity of the spill pallet must be 66 gallons.
There are various types of spill containment pallets available for different uses and needs. They include:
Basic Pallets and Platforms. The most popular type of spill pallet, these modular pallets provides a basin plus a grid that fits inside. Drums and containers prone to spills are placed on top to the pallet where leaks can be captured in the basin.
Basins and Trays. The most economical of all spill containers, these are ideal for small containers. Simply place the drum inside the basin or tray and spills and leaks are contained.
Portable Pallets. This pallet is ideal when chemicals need to be transported. They are made of tough but lightweight polyethylene and can be easily moved around. They are best for more temporary spill containment needs.
Covered Spill Pallets. These pallets feature locks for greater security, perfect for outdoor use.
Stackable or Dispensing Pallets. Stackable pallets are space savers that allow you to put pallets on top of another. Dispensing pallets are used for catching leaks and spills in dispensing units.
Handling chemicals in any environment is hazardous. Chemicals are a liability to any business because they can cause injury to employees, damage to equipment and property, and can harm the environment. Investing in spill pallets are the cheaper alternative to costly fines, medical bills and lawsuits. They make spill clean-up less messy and expensive. Not only that, they also comply with EPA and uniform fire code regulations. Spill containment pallets are the proactive response to any unforeseen spills.