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Regulations and Secondary Spill Containment

February 4th, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: HazMat

The transportation and storage of hazardous materials is a tricky business. There are loads of regulations from the UN, the Department of Transportation and others, and failure to meet those regulations can result in a hefty fine and property, environmental or physical damage due to a leak. Skolnik Industries takes great care to ensure that all of our drums are perfectly suited for their intended contents and meet all necessary regulations. An important and popular safety measure used for the transportation and storage of hazardous materials is a secondary containment system.

Of course, secondary containers have their own set of regulations. Here are a few of the main points of regulations surrounding secondary containment:

 

  1. Strength and durability

Your secondary containment system must be impervious and free of cracks or gaps. It’s recommended that you inspect your containment system regularly (especially if you are storing materials for an extended period of time). Any damage to the sump or the containment unit itself can lead to system failure and a leak.

Obviously, your containment system should be chemically compatible with whatever liquids might come in contact with it. Skolnik can help guide you to proper materials and containment for your contents.

  1.  Sloped or draining

Your secondary containment system must include a slope or be specifically designed to efficiently remove any liquid spilling or leaking from the primary unit inside. Primary containers cannot sit in their own waste. A popular solution to this regulation is to raise the secondary containers on grates, decking or wood pallets or adding a drain to your secondary containment unit. That way, any leaking fluid can be directed away to the sump to be collected.

  1. Capacity

According to regulations, secondary containment systems “must have sufficient capacity to contain at least 10% of the total volume of the primary containers or 100% of the volume of the largest container, whichever is greater”

That’s a lot of capacity, but also a lot of math! These are just the federal containment regulations, so make sure you work with Skolnik to ensure your containment capacity meets any state-level regulations as well.

  1. Mother Nature-resistant

Your secondary containment system must be impervious to the weather — specifically, precipitation. If any rainwater or other precipitation can get into the secondary containment system, your capacity must be sufficient enough to contain the additional volume. Remember all of that math? If you don’t want to have to add predicting the weather to your to-do list, it might be easier to just keep the weather out.

That said, any rainwater or snowmelt that enters the sump of your secondary containment is also taking up capacity in your system. Take care to implement a system that won’t overflow.

  1. Waste Removal

Any waste or precipitation that has spilled or leaked into the secondary containment area must be removed in a timely manner to prevent overflow. It’s no surprise that a huge part of a secondary containment system is maintaining the cleanliness, integrity and capacity of that system.

 

In the end, your secondary spill containment is a safety measure. In an ideal world, your primary container will remain unscathed and strong. But, in the event of a spill or leak, you want (and need) to have your bases covered. We at Skolnik are here to help make sure you always have the most effective and compliant containers for your specific materials, whether they are hazardous materials or not.

Salvage Drums vs. Overpack Drums

January 15th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Salvage Drum

What is a Salvage Drum?

Salvage drums are designed to contain leaking, damaged or non-compliant drums containing hazardous materials. If a company or shipper discovers a hazardous package leaking or damaged or has rags used to clean up a spill or leak, they must use a salvage drum in order to safely transport the package or materials.

Salvage drums can be made of steel, polyethylene, aluminum or metal and must be larger than the leaking package so that the damaged and dangerous materials can fit safely inside of the enclosed salvage drum. In order to qualify as a salvage drum, the container needs to meet a number of criteria and pass two very severe leak-proof and integrity tests.

What is an Overpack Container?

The DOT does not consider overpack drums as salvage drums. Traditionally, an overpack is a container that makes handling a package more convenient or consolidates two packages that are not leaking.

Why does it matter?

Many manufacturers have referred to salvage drums as overpacks over the years, increasing the recognition of the term overpack versus salvage. However, while you can use a salvage drum as an overpack container, not all overpack containers are salvage drums. Remember, salvage drums have undergone rigorous testing in order to be deemed qualified for their use containing hazardous materials. A drum that is merely labeled as an overpack, has not.

The unwitting misuse of an overpack drum as a salvage container can have dire consequences so make sure you are always purchasing and/or using the correct drums when transporting hazardous materials so as not to compromise your safety and the safety of others.

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At Skolnik, we offer Overpack Salvage Drums – these meet or exceed the UN and DOT requirements for Salvage drums but can also be used for overpack.