Secondary Containment


Why do you need secondary containment devices? 

Secondary containment is not only critical to protecting the environment (local soils and water) from hazardous materials or wastes; the EPA and OSHA also require it. By having secondary containment devices like spill berms, spill pallets, or containment sumps in place, spills can be stopped before they beecome a problem (both environmentally and legally). 

Spill kits are beneficial to have on-site for small spills. Still, when you are at risk for a larger spill (like 55 gallons from a drum), it is beneficial to look into secondary containment methods in addition to having absorbents on site. 

Does it matter what device I choose? 

Neither the EPA nor OSHA provides design or product requirements for secondary containment. They do however provide guidelines for the spill volume that must be contained. This grants you the flexibility to choose the best product or system for your unique scenario. 

With this in mind, when choosing a secondary containment device, you must ensure the sump is properly rated for the size of the primary container(s) it supports. Selecting a device that is not sized correctly is incorrect for the material you are storing, or overloading a pallet with larger drums or more drums that it is rated for puts your facility at risk for environmentally problematic spills and legal challenges. If you have questions about what product to select for your needs, please reach out to our team for assistance. 

Do I need any other products to contain spills? 

While secondary containment is a requirement for drums, tanks, and other hazardous material containers, it is also critical to have spill control processes in place using materials like spill kits and absorbents. These products help clean-up spills when they happen and are especially helpful for facilities that operate large machinery that may experience leaks. Also, having these products on site is an EPA and OSHA requirement. For assistance choosing the correct products for your facility, please reach out to our team for assistance. 

Containment Sumps

Containment sumps are designed to act as secondary containment for tanks storing chemicals, oil, fuel, or other hazardous materials. Built for both indoor and outdoor use, these sumps can withstand harsh environments and are highly resistant to rusting and corrosion. If a spill were to happen, these sumps are also easy to clean and reusable.

BMP Store offers three different containment sumps - 275 gallons, 550 gallons, and 1000 gallon sumps. The number references the highest size tank each sump is designed to support. As mentioned before, the appropriately sized sump must be chosen to avoid both environmental and legal ramifications. 

Spill Pallets

BMP store offers both regular spill pallets for indoor storage, IBC spill pallets, and rigid top spill pallets. All pallets are designed with removable grating to allow for easy cleaning of the sump area and a drain option. 

  • Hard Top Spill Pallets: Hard Top spill pallets include a protective cover with a hinged gull-wing style design (on the 2-drum and 4-drum units) to protect drums from the outdoor elements while also containing any possible spills. The one-drum unit also includes a lockable protective cover in the form of a roll-top that provides easy access to the drum. All three products include features to make them easily movable by forklift and are designed to allow easy access by a single person. The one-drum unit also consists of the option for a dolly. 
  • Standard Spill Pallets: When outdoor storage is not a concern, our standard 2-drum and 4-drum spill pallets are an economically-friendly option. Both units are designed with forklift pockets for easy movability, and the 4-drum unit allows for an optional ramp for easy loading and unloading of drums from the pallet. 
  • IBC Spill Pallet: Our IBC spill pallet includes a 365-gallon sump and is designed for large IBC tanks or other large containers (up to 8,500 lbs). Unlike other IBC spill pallets on the market, this pallet is designed with a low profile (28 inches). Like our other spill pallets, this pallet has forklift pockets for easy movability. A bucket shelf can also be included to capture spills when dispensing. 

Spill Berms

Spill berms are designed to divert and/or confine spills when they occur (they do not absorb fluids like our absorbents). These devices are placed on the floor and provide elbows or connectors to contain or divert the spill however necessary. Common applications for spill berms include being placed around drains to divert any potential spills or around devices holding hazardous materials to contain possible spills. 

Do I need any other products to contain spills? 

While secondary containment is necessary for drums, tanks, and other hazardous material containers, it is also critical to have spill control processes in place using materials like spill kits and absorbents. These products help to clean-up small spills when they happen and are especially helpful for facilities that operate large machinery that may experience leaks. In addition, having these products on site is an EPA and OSHA requirement.

When choosing spill kits or absorbents, always ensure that the products you choose are designed to be used for the type of hazardous materials you have on-site. There are a variety of options out there, and not all are designed for oil or certain hazardous materials. For assistance choosing the correct products for your facility, please reach out to our team for assistance. 

Questions? Reach out to our team for assistance. 

With over 36 years of experience in the industry, our team is here to help you choose the right products for your unique needs. If you have questions about any of our secondary spill containment devices or need help selecting the suitable devices for your facility, please reach out to us at 800-644-9223 or info@acfenv.com