AS regulations on spills and storage become ever tighter manufacturers and suppliers have been engaged in development programmes to ensure their products comply.
Fentex Ltd is one company that has consolidated its spill trays and absorption materials to provide a range of products that achieve compliance with the national Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG26).
Spill trays can be supplied for use with single or multiple primary containers of 1, 5, 20 and 25 litres capacity together with drums up to 205 litres. These will provide the necessary secondary containment facilities during storage or decanting of liquids to ensure that drips, leaks and accidental spills can be contained. They help maintain a clean, safe work area environment while preventing pollution or contamination of land, surface waters and groundwater from run-off of inks, oils, solvents and a range of potentially harmful or noxious fluids.
A spokesman said: “Applications for spill control equipment are truly universal, but typical industry sectors that would benefit from the use of Fentex products include motor trade and transport, printing, plastic production and the food industry, together with any areas where hydraulically-powered machinery or plant are in use. In general workshop conditions, spill trays can be used to provide a contained cleaning/dispensing area and can also deal with machinery leaks or the storage of oil contaminated components during breakdowns/servicing of machinery.”
As well as helping to reduce floor contamination – and providing safer working conditions – leaked fluids that would have been lost can be recovered for recycling or re-use.
Current legislation and recommended good practice requires that provision should be made for a spill tray capacity being provided to accommodate 25% of the total fluid volume of any stored primary container(s). Fentex’s spill trays are manufactured from lightweight rigid plastic in a range of rectangular and square sizes and various depth configurations. They incorporate an all-around moulded lip, some featuring a pouring spout, which ensures extra rigidity and good lifting control for trays during moving when they are full with their spill contents. Trays can also be supplied with moulded ridges on the base to allow for airflow under stored containers. For more generous sizes, on trays providing the larger spill retention capacities, drop-in removable grids can be supplied providing a non-slip storage surface while allowing for easy access and cleaning of the spill tray itself.
Mini spill trays from 35-76cm in length can be supplied, suitable for small bottles and containers, or as convenient machine drip trays. Larger trays from 40-60cm wide and 56-120cm long provide fluid spill retention capacities from 2-28 litres.
These are complemented by larger capacity drip pans and extra deep trays with spill retention capacities up to 120 litres. Trays for general maintenance operations or use as drip trays underneath mobile plant or other vehicles include a 41 x 31cm size tray together with an 85cm octagonal tray that covers a large floor area. Both general purpose and specialised oil and fuel absorbent material rolls can also be supplied for use with spill trays for easier handling of leaked fluids. Spill trays providing storage for multiple standard 20 litre containers can also be supplied.
These cover combinations of 2, 6, 9 or 16 containers per tray, all supplied with removable internal grids to elevate the stored containers away from any spilt liquid and for easy cleaning.