Protecting the environment World Soil Day is a perfect time to emphasise the damage that is and can be caused by mishandling of hazardous liquids. Even small spills and leaks can have a catastrophic consequence on the environment. Over the years, we have been made aware of the horrendous results that incorrect handling processes, inadequate knowledge and training have had on people, businesses, environment and wildlife, on what should have been avoidable or easily contained spills or leaks. Chemical spills, if not managed correctly, can quickly escalate and lead to disastrous results. Spills and leaks are often more noticeable on hard ground however placing damaged drums or IBCs onto grass, or storing liquids without the correct secondary containment or bunding could result in hazardous liquids seeping into the soil, and eventually reaching waterways. Once in the soil or waterways irreversible damage can be caused to the environment and wildlife, which will take years to reverse and repair – if at all. Common chemical pollutants include agricultural pesticides and fertilizers, household cleaning products and chemicals used in industry. Even common liquids such as milk can cause pollution, so caution must be taken with all liquids. Spills which aren’t contained, can easily get out of control. As well as serious environmental consequences, the legal implications for a business can also be severe if you lose control of a spill. That’s why it’s vital to firstly have correct storage and handling processes in place, as well as up-to-date knowledge of your on-site drainage system. It is also vital to have trained spill response staff, who can deal with spills and leaks, because accidents happen. Solution not pollution Having the correct spill control in place, will keep your business compliant and your workforce and the environment safe.
  • Ensure the correct liquid handling equipment is available
  • Clearly identify your drains on-site and direction of flow
  • Store drums and liquid containers correctly, using spill pallets and dispensing units
  • Safely store items within bunds
  • Ensure you have the correct emergency spill kits, located in the right place
  • Ensure you have correctly trained spill response staff
  We all have a responsibility to keep our soil and the environment protected. Spillcraft can help with a spill control solution, providing free of charge spill site surveys to detail your ‘at risk’ areas. We also provide spill response training, to give you peace of mind in the event of an emergency. More information about World Soil Day can be found here Contact us on T: 01606 352 679 or E: sales@spillcraft.co.uk