The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is out in force inspecting workplaces, and we want to help you be guideline compliant when they come. Now that the EPA has increased powers to target, fine and criminally prosecute non-compliant businesses, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your chemicals, fuels and dangerous goods are bunded to contain a potential spill.
For new environmental protection laws prevention is key, and one of the biggest environmental risks facing many businesses is a bulk liquid container without bunding. At Stratex we see it time and time again, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) resting on the ground, in close proximity to drains and waterways.
Most liquid containers can store hazardous goods such as petrol, oil and chemicals safely. Over time their structural integrity can become compromised from UV exposure, accidental damage, wear and tear. You could be held accountable if your liquid storage fails and you don’t have bunding. And of course, no business wants the reputational damage of causing an environmental disaster. Stratex offers a wide range of bunding solutions, and today we’re going to focus on the most common types to help keep you informed of guidelines and reduce risk in your business. Compliant bunding should hold at least 110% capacity of your largest drum or tank being stored (recommended capacity can vary based on the type of liquid or the amount stored).
Drums are one of the most common types of liquid storage for fuel, oil and chemicals. If your drums are on the ground or up on pallet racking they could get knocked over, leak or spill. Most drum spill bunds are made from steel or polyethylene, a material chosen for its tough, durable and chemical-resistant properties. Drum bunds aren’t just for drums either – batteries and other corrosive items can also be stored, offering safe working loads of up to 1250kg.
IBCs offer economical bulk liquid storage and are becoming increasingly popular for businesses. We often see them on the back of utes and trucks, in marine environments, warehouses and outdoor storage facilities. Consider that an average IBC stores 1,000 litres of liquid – if a spill were to occur, these could cause a huge amount of damage. Most IBC bunds are made of polyethylene, and are forklift compatible.
Does your organisation store transfer, decant or dispense liquids? If the answer is yes, we recommend floor bunding in areas where there is a greater likelihood of accidental spills. Many warehouses use floor bunding around racking, doorways and liquid storage areas, providing the ability to bund a much larger area. For warehouse facilities with forklift traffic, aluminium or polyurethane floor bunding can be used.
Adequate bunding for the liquids stored in your workplace could be the difference between your peace of mind and a costly clean up. Stratex offers a range of bunding and storage options, for more information contact us on 1300 991 180 or email email@example.com.