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 control?

Spill control is the method to control any type of toxic/harmful spill. Spill containment is wherever spills of toxic or harmful materials are contained such as within a barrier or a type of drainage system. There are many spill containment methods.

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.

What is a containment pool or containment dike?

Containment pools or dikes are either temporary or permanent berms or other barriers (retaining walls, etc.) that contain spills. Dikes are a very common containment method that prevents pollution. Dikes offer protective measures to prevent stormwater contamination as they can keep spill materials and stormwater separated.

TrapBags® are used similarly for containment pools as they are for other solutions, but what’s important is that the TrapBags® are designed to allow you to easily form the various shapes of a containment pool during construction.

What is a bund area?

A bund is a containment system that surrounds an area where toxic/harmful materials are kept. Bunds help contain liquids if containment tanks leak. Bunds are essentially retaining walls that act as a backup system for the containment pool.

Bunds must be able to contain a high volume and be leak proof. Typically, bunds are made of reinforced mass concrete, steel, or plastic. They are required to be able to hold at least 110% of the tank volume of the tank they surround.

What is a spill prevention plan?

A spill prevention plan or an SPCC Plan (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) is a requirement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which helps facilities contain and control any spills that occur to prevent them from affecting waterways.

The SPCC rule requires a facility to take measures to prevent oil spills and have a spill prevention plan should they occur. You can read more about this rule here.

A compliant SPCC plan must be a document detailing what your facility will do to mitigate the effects of an oil spill. Some requirements include details about oil handling operations, drainage controls, precautionary measures, and spill prevention practices.

“Although it is a legal requirement, an SPCC Plan is also a tool to help facilities prevent and react to oil spills. Considering the costs that your facility would incur if a spill happened, it is worth your while to create a thorough and reliable plan” (environmentalworks.com).

Depending on the storage capacity, history, and size of the  facility, a different type of SPCC plan is required. The types of SPCC plans are Qualified Tier I Facility, Qualified Tier II Facility, and Non-Qualified Facilities. Read more about Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure regulation here.

What should a spill kit contain?

A spill kit is a kit containing items needed in the case of an oil spill or leak. Spill kits help ensure a rapid response and clean up.

Typically, spill kits contain a few different types of equipment. The first is PPE (personal protective equipment). Clean up equipment and equipment to halt the spill are also included.

Spill Kit Contents

  1. PPE — types of PPE vary based on the spill type. PPE generally includes protective clothing like gloves, coveralls, boot covers, safety glasses, etc.
  2. Sorbent(s) 
  3. Clean up containers of varying sizes
  4. Cleaning equipment such as brooms, dust pans, plastic bags

How do you control large spills?

“When an oil spill occurs on water, it is critical to contain the spill as quickly as possible in order to minimize danger and potential damage to persons, property, and natural resources. Containment equipment is used to restrict the spread of oil and to allow for its recovery, removal, or dispersal. The most common type of equipment used to control the spread of oil is floating barriers, called booms.” (EPA)

Booms are structures used to control oil spills by reducing the spread of the oil and protecting shorelines and natural resources. Booms also help concentrate the oil in one area so it’s easier to clean up.

How are TrapBags® used to control spills?

TrapBags® are rapidly deployable in an emergency situation.

When large spills happen it is usually an emergency and needs to be contained ASAP, which is why TrapBags® are the best solution. They can be deployed very rapidly. You simply pull the bags out and fill them, and you’ll quickly have a system in place to control the large spill.

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