Spill Containment Berms
Furthuremore when compared to other spill containment berms on the market, ours are second to none. Our containment supports are utilize 6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. Our standard spill berms include drains with Viton gaskets. We Never use rivets or screws to pinch our corners closed, as they are not chemical resistant or liquid-tight. Constructed with grade “A” factory certified chemical and fuel resistant fabric. Our factory-certified 3″ overlap welds and reinforced corners. Increase the durability of our products, prevents leaks, and protect the environment like no other spill berm on the market.
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What to Know About Spill Containment Berms?
Until and unless there are significant breakthroughs in the field of space travel, this planet is the only home we have. We must take care of it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed in 1970 to do just that. It has the power to issue regulations, and the ability to enforce them through the use of fines, sanctions, and other measures. One of those regulations is an oil spill prevention program called the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). This set of rules requires you and your business to take certain steps to prevent any hazardous chemicals that you are working with from flowing directly on the ground and into the subsequent waterway. That is where spill containment berms enter the picture.
What is a Spill Containment Berm?
A spill containment berm is a device used to prevent hazardous chemicals from spilling everywhere and possibly polluting the environment. They can be made of different materials and come in many sizes, but the standard berm resembles a sandbox without the sand. It is usually a square or rectangular box with walls that rise a few feet off the ground. The idea is to place this berm in areas where a spill is most likely to occur (underneath oil drums, larger equipment, large oil tanks and oil tankers), with the box being able to capture and contain any spills.
What Size Spill Containment Berm Should You Use?
The container or equipment must fit entirely inside the oil spill containment berm. Secondly, regulation 40 CRF 264.175 requires you to be able to “contain 10% of the volume of the containers, or the volume of the largest container, whichever is greater.” For example, if you have two 55-gallon oil drums, the total number of gallons is 110. You would be required to have secondary containment for 55 gallons since the largest container has 55 gallons. 55 gallons is of course greater than 10% of the two containers. The thinking behind this regulation accounts for the unlikelihood of both containers leaking at the same time.
What Kind of Options Do You Have When Ordering a Spill Containment Berm?
You have several options to suit your needs when looking at spill containment berms. The five main things to examine are the type of spill berms, material, size, and whether you need a ground mat or track mat.
- Spill containment berms are typically made with chemical resistant fabrics, aluminum, foam or an air frame support system.
- Specialized materials are also available for different types of chemicals, extreme hot or cold temperatures, and other environmental conditions.
- Berms are available in virtually any size you would need. Sizes range from drums to tanker trucks. Custom sizes are also available. Contact us to discuss your spill containment needs.
- Ground mats are placed under the spill berm on the ground as an additional layer of protection for the floor of the berm. If you are placing the berm on an even surface like dirt or gravel, it is wise to purchase a ground mat to prevent rocks or sticks from poking through the floor of the spill containment berm. If the containment berm is being used on concrete or asphalt a ground mat is usually unnecessary.
- A track mat is heavy rubber material that is placed on the top side of the floor of the spill containment berm. If you are driving vehicles or heavy equipment in and out the spill containment berm regularly, purchasing this option would be a sound investment because it would add a layer of protection to the floor of the berm.
When it comes to working with hazardous chemicals, one-word springs to mind: protection. Investing in a spill containment berm can protect the environment as well as your business from EPA-issued fines and sanctions. Do the right thing and protect yourself today with a spill containment berm from Ready Containment.