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What is Secondary Spill Containment?

June 4th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

Since the industrial revolution, businesses, governments and individuals have been shipping just about anything and everything to just about anywhere. Everything must travel, even hazardous materials. So it is incredibly important for any hazardous materials to be packaged correctly so as not to contaminate anything it might come in contact with.

Secondary spill containment is the containment of hazardous materials liquids in order to prevent pollution of soil or water. There are a number of techniques for containment, but for transporting hazardous materials that might spill or leak during transit there are portable containment berms. Portable berms are useful for oil drums, trucks, tankers and trailers.

In addition to portable secondary spill containment, any facilities that store large quantities of petroleum are required to provide containment to further prevent leaks of any size.

The shipment of hazardous materials is a more tricky situation with more variables and possibly even more restrictions. Materials must be properly classified and the packaging selection, closing procedures, documentation, emergency notifications and more must fit the requirements. It can be a daunting task, and some companies devote an entire department to maintaining the safety and compliance of their hazmat transport, but there is always help just a phone call away–The DOT (Department of Transportation) INFO LINE.

You can reach the info line by calling 1-800–467-4922 from 9am to 5pm EST. The info line is staffed with knowledgeable hazmat professionals capable of helping each caller understand the requirements of their package. The Skolnik team is also always a phone call away and happy to help our customers find the right containment for their needs.