Spill control: keep the damage from spreading
Spills waste products and interrupt daily business running. But sometimes, they are much worse: they can damage infrastructure, pollute the environment and force evacuations. Spills that reach water, soil or the air can be disastrous, taking years to return to pre-spill state. So depending on what it is, you may need to use spill control before cleaning it up.
Spill control is all about creating barriers that stop spills reaching sensitive areas, such as drains. Confining a spill also makes it easier to clean up using a spill kit or absorbent.
Drains are, of course, very necessary to let washing, storm or rain water run away. However, they can be dangerous if a spill reaches them. A drain cover is perfect for long-term protection in areas where spill-prone jobs or washdowns are common. Handily, they are tough enough to be driven on. Another option is a drain plug. These will give a liquid-tight, chemical-resistant seal in seconds — which can easily be removed with hand tools — and also are a good alternative to permanently sealing a drain, with say cement. Drain covers and plugs can also be used in an emergency as spill control.
Another form of spill control is a barrier, or dyke. These are perfect for quick protection when a leak is starting to spread. The flexible, tacky bottom seals tightly to smooth surfaces to confines or divert fluids for spill control, but doesn’t absorbing them, so cleaning up or reclaiming the spilt liquid is straight forward. They can also resist many chemicals, as well as water and oil.
Drive-over bunding is another form of spill control and can be used as a semi-permanent solution to spill control around machinery, without going to the expense of building cement curbing or angle iron. Just like drain covers, they are durable enough to be driven on.
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