Spill Control

Why use TrapBag® for Spill Control?

During chemical or oil spill situations a TrapBag® barrier reservoir can be set up quickly to provide additional time in stopping the spill or help in extending the logistic time schedule to remove the spill from the contaminated areas.

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What Is Spill Containment & Control?

Spill containment and control, also known as spill prevention and spill response, refers to the methods used to trap chemicals in the event of a toxic spill. Companies that work with chemicals and toxic substances are responsible for being prepared for spills at all times, as they can be extremely costly and dangerous if not properly and quickly handled. Durable, leak-resistant barriers, like containment ponds, are often utilized to prevent harmful chemicals from impacting the surrounding environment, site employees, and civilians.

Industries that need to be prepared with a spill prevention plan in the event of a chemical spill include:

What Causes Chemical Spills?

Chemical spills can happen as a result of:

In an effort to prevent chemical spills, it is incredibly important to be aware of and educated on how these spills can occur. Analyze where and how any previous spills occurred at your workplace—were any methods in place to prevent these in the first place? What has been changed to mitigate this occurrence in the future?

Chemical Spill Cleanup Is Necessary

If a chemical spill occurs, the entity responsible is legally required to handle the spill as efficiently and quickly as possible, made easier by a thorough spill control procedure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have guidelines not only on how those working with chemicals must work to prevent spills, but also how to respond in the event of a spill to reduce harm to the surrounding environment, spill site employees, and overall community. The EPA also requires chemical and hazardous material spills to be reported when the released substance gets to a federally-determined limit.

If a chemical spill is not effectively remedied in a timely manner, there are serious consequences for the people and surrounding environment of the impacted area. Chemical spills can harm the spill site employees as well as civilians and wildlife by leaching into waterways, poisoning necessary water sources. For municipalities that rely on water tourism or fisheries, chemical spills can shut down economies for weeks to months at a time.

Effective spill containment methods are an integral part of proper spill control. Not all spill control structures are created equal, however; it is important to find a durable, leak-resistant solution that is large enough to reliably stand up to whatever chemicals you’re dealing with on a regular basis. If small berms and absorbent mats won’t cut it, you’re in the right place: TrapBag® barriers are the ultimate solution for all spill control needs.

TrapBags as a Spill Containment Solution

TrapBag barriers are an extremely strong engineered form of spill control, designed to lock hazardous liquids in while your team can put your chemical cleanup or extraction plan into action.

Beneficial Properties of TrapBags

TrapBag barriers are superior forms of spill control for many reasons, including their:

  • Versatility: When filled with sand or washed gravel, TrapBags can be utilized as temporary spill control. They can also be filled with concrete and be placed near more high risk areas as a permanent solution. TrapBags are also versatile in the variety of structures they can create—more on that below.
  • Durability: TrapBags are made from a high strength geotextile material that holds up to corrosive chemicals. Post-deployment, TrapBags have a lifespan of five years. 
  • Dependability: TrapBag barriers feature an interconnected accordion-style structure—there is nowhere for leaks to pass through. You can utilize TrapBags knowing your site won’t become compromised due to a faulty form of chemical containment.
  • Speed: As a result of the unique, connected structure of TrapBags, they are quick to deploy, a must-have characteristic for reliable spill containment. 

Spill Containment Berms

Berms are typically mounds of earth, dirt, or rocks, erected to prevent water or other liquids from passing over and impacting a larger area of land. Berms can be effective forms of spill containment, isolating spills to one side, giving cleanup crews a smaller section of land to focus on. TrapBag barriers come in a variety of heights to create an effective berm.

Spill Containment Pools

Spill containment pools are structures meant to hold a large amount of chemicals, trapping them as long as necessary until the chemical can be safely removed. Being easily stackable and leak-resistant, TrapBag barriers are ideal for creating an effective spill containment pool that you can count on during a spill event.

What Are Bunds?

Bund areas are typically used as reinforcement of an existing spill control structure, there to contain liquid in the event of any leaks or compromised areas. TrapBags can form durable bund areas around your machinery or current spill control devices, giving you further protection and peace of mind when it matters most.

TrapBags in Action

In 2016 at the Veladero mine, one of the largest gold mines in Argentina, ice damaged a pipe carrying cyanide, a rapidly acting, deadly poison, leading to a dangerous spill. A variety of TrapBag barriers were placed around the spill site to prevent the chemical from reaching nearby water sources.

Be Prepared: Spill Prevention and Response Plan

A Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan is a requirement of the EPA, which instructs facilities on how to prevent spills before affecting waterways. The Facility Response Plan (FRP) requires facilities of certain sizes and industries to submit a response plan and be prepared to act in the event of a spill. This detailed plan must explain what will be done to contain a spill if one occurs. 

While this is a legal requirement, having a spill containment plan does also benefit the company it is serving—thorough spill prevention and control is significantly more cost-effective than total spill cleanup.                

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