Spills are inevitable. Having the right spill containment devices and absorbents on hand to control them is critical for any business utilizing hazardous materials such as petroleum and other potentially harmful chemicals or fluids. While there are a variety of types of spill containment supplies and accessories, it is important to know which your business requires to meet local and EPA regulations such as the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule for spill containment and/or secondary containment devices.
While spill containment or spill response materials are meant to help you contain and clean up a spill, secondary containment devices capture the fluids in a sump preventing them from spreading or harming the environment before you can get to them. These spill materials are considered a required part of the process that can prevent extremely hazardous situations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has guidelines on what steps must be followed when it comes to spill containment.
What kinds of spills require containment measures be followed?
Spill containment of hazardous materials is crucial, but it’s also important to know what it is that’s being contained. This is because various spill kits and absorbents are designed for different types of materials. Always have a good understanding and use proper labeling of any hazardous material on your site and ensure you have the proper kits and containment methods in place to control them. A hazardous spill can include (but is not limited to) any of these materials.
Spill Containment Plan
Any facility that uses machinery requiring oils or other hazardous fluids is required to have a spill containment plan, with team members trained on how to react in the event of a spill. It is critical to note that this is not a suggestion but a requirement. The plan should be able to explain what the cause (fluid) and effect (size of a spill) based on the hazardous materials stored and machinery/work vehicles on the site. From that point, the plan should explain who is in potential harm’s way due to the spill - this includes the employees working on-site, the general public at large, and the environment (nearby catch basins / inlets, bodies of water, etc.).
Ensure your plan explains what is being used to help prevent a spill and if it does happen what will be used to contain and control it. What are the responsibilities in the event of the spill? How is it being disposed of once it’s contained? Do the secondary containment devices you have in place meet regulations for sump size? There are many questions to consider here - and our team is happy to help you work through them.
Spill Kits, Absorbents, Secondary Containment and Other Spill Response Devices
OSHA has regulations for the kind of containment devices and kits that should be used for the prevention and containment of spills. BMP Store sells various spill control products to help meet all regulations and get the job done. The below includes an overview of what is available on our store, please contact our team if you have any questions about what is right for your spill containment plan or facility in order to stay compliant with SPCC and OSHA regulations.
A variety of universal and oil only spill kits are available on our site to assist with primary spill control measures to contain up to 95 gallons of spillage (see specific specs for each kit) to meet your facility needs. Additional sizes and types of spill kits are available upon request. These kits provide all necessary absorbents and materials to safely clean a spill after it occurs and are packaged in an easy to store manner.
Spills are inevitable and that’s why it is important to have absorbents on hand either as a part of a kit, or individually to meet all EPA, SPCC, and OSHA regulations. The absorbents available on BMP Store include absorbent tubes, pillows, booms, and more. It’s important to be prepared for when a spill happens and to understand what size absorbents you require, to ensure you have enough on hand for any potential spills.
BMP Store’s spill pallets are designed as secondary containment for businesses that have to store drums of hazardous materials on site. Various sized spill pallets are available to support anywhere from one to four drums or for IBC containment needs. In addition, these pallets come with various features including optional drains, ramps, hard tops (for outside storage) and forklift pockets.
BMP’s containment sumps designed to contain leaks from large cylindrical tanks used to store chemicals, oil, fuel and more. Containment sump sizes include sumps designed to contain spills from 275 gallon, 550 gallon and 1000 gallon tanks. In addition, our sumps are designed to withstand harsh environments that can lead to erosion or rust due to their construction from LDPE material.
A temporary Spill Berm seals off spills from the environment, nearby drains and doorways.Our spill berm comes in 10 ft sections with optional corner and connector pieces. These devices are made from a urethane material that "weeps" into crevices or cracks to seal off any hazardous liquid flow. In addition, our spill berms are non-absorbing and easily cleaned for repeated use.
Specialty Spill Control
While BMP Store carries the standard spill containment supplies or spill response necessities, we also carry other various devices such as concrete washout berms and various other unique spill response devices. Our additional specialty spill response products include Pop Up Pool’s to contain leaks under vehicles or machinery, oil mops, and oil blankets for oil spills on the beach. All items are designed to meet EPA and OSHA regulations.
BMP Store carries both spill containment materials such as spill kits and absorbents and secondary containment devices such as spill pallets and sumps. It is important to be prepared for any spill that may occur in your facility in order to stay in compliance with local and EPA spill containment regulations. If you have any questions on what devices your facility needs, please contact our team for assistance - they would be happy to assist!