How to Choose an Industrial Spill Container

How do you know which spill container will be the best one for your needs? At first look it can seem like a tough question, but by checking out these tips, you can narrow it down pretty easily.

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    Think about what you already have. If you already have an old spill kit container that just needs to be restocked or you have a cabinet where you would like to store a spill kit, then most spill kits have refills you can get. Based on your absorbency needs choose a refill and stock it in the container or cabinet already at your place.
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    Determine what kinds of liquids you need to absorb. Do you need a spill kit designed to absorb both water and oil-based liquids? Or will you have to deal with a highly corrosive liquid where a possible chemical reaction needs to be considered?
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    Decide if you'll need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? You should always allow room in your kits for PPE to be added. This ensures that the right equipment is available at the time it's needed most. Get the right gloves or the right size suit in your kit and you will help alleviate an already stressful situation.
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    Figure out the largest amount of liquid that could be spilled from a holding tank or container. If you use totes, consider the volume of your largest tote. If you use drums, this would normally be either 30 or 55 gallons (113.6 or 208.2 L).
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    Realize that you may not be able to absorb the whole spill, especially if it's a big one. Spill kits can be used with dikes and drain covers which channel or contain liquids, so they can be recovered with pumps. After you get the liquid up, absorbents can be used to remove the rest of the spill.
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    Consider what works best for the location. You either store spill kits in every area prone to spills, or you have one or two kits that can be taken to the area where a liquid is spilled. Some spill kits have handles that make them easy to carry to the site of a spill. Otherwise you use dollies or wheeled containers or even forklifts to make larger kits portable. When choosing these options, its important to know the limits of your response team and the ground they have to cover to get to a spill. If you locate spill kits in all the spill prone areas you may want to consider wall-mounted kits. When selecting kits for small areas, like the inside of a truck, a kit in a bag is probably the best choice.

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