Correct storage of hazardous substances with spill pallets

It's generally said that a single drop of oil can contaminate up to 1000 litres of water, and contamination of groundwater can carry a high fine.

But what can we do to stop things getting that far? We handle hazardous materials on a daily basis, but we're often not sure how each substance must be stored so that both people and the environment are best protected.

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Why is this all so important? Spill pallet FAQs

How must a spill pallet for the storage of flammable liquids be designed?

Spill pallets must be sealed against the stored liquids and must be made of non-flammable materials.

For what substances are steel, stainless steel and polyethylene spill pallets suitable?

The material from which the spill pallet is made must be suitable for the stored liquids. When storing water-polluting, flammable substances for example oils and paints, a spill pallet in steel is ideal, either galvanised or painted. When storing aggressive chemicals, for example acids or alkalis, a spill pallet in stainless steel or plastic is needed. A good guide is to look at the container in which the substance is supplied.

What else, apart from the medium being stored, do I need to consider when selecting a spill pallet?

Spill pallets must - depending on application - meet a range of requirements. Spill pallets with integral forklift pockets are ideal for transporting around the works using a forklift. The next thing to consider is the spill pallet containment volume. The spill pallet must also be properly tested and certified. Every weld seam of a DENIOS steel spill pallet has been tested by dye penetration.

What do I need to consider when storing flammable liquids?

Usually, a spill pallet height of 500 mm must not be exceeded as sufficient ventilation cannot be guaranteed. If a higher spill pallet is required however,  this is OK with technical ventilation.

What's the maximum height of a spill pallet which is going to be used to store flammable liquids?

Usually, a spill pallet height of 500 mm must not be exceeded, otherwise sufficient ventilation cannot be guaranteed. If a higher spill pallet is however required, is this OK if we have technical ventilation?

How do I work out the right containment volume?

A spill pallet must be able to contain the contents of the largest container or at least 10% of the total stored volume. In as far as the storage of water-polluting substances is permitted in water protection areas, a spill pallet in this case must be able to contain 100% of the total stored volume.

What operator duties are there for spill pallets (in accordance with StawaR)?

  • The operator is responsible for ensuring correct use in accordance with the regulations.
  • Repairs / maintenance.
  • The spill pallet must be kept free of water and contamination.
  • Damage to the surface protection must be repaired immediately (corrosion).
  • Regular inspections are needed (at least once a week).
  • The condition of the spill pallet (grids) is to be visually inspected every 2 years.
  • The result must be recorded and presented to the water authorities if requested.
What happens if....

.... a hazardous substance has to be stored which is not compatible with the previously stored hazardous substance?

The spill pallet must be visually inspected at least once a week. Remove the hazardous substance in accordance with the regulations using suitable absorbent materials.

.... a leak has occurred?

Clean up the leaked fluid using an absorbent material which is suitable for the hazardous substance. Take care to ensure that the size of the absorbent material is appropriate to the leak. Absorbent materials are available in Oil, Universal or Special variants. Find out more about which absorbent material is suitable for your needs here.

.... I don't know if my spill pallet is still intact?

Check the test certificate as well as the guarantee from the manufacturer. If you notice the beginnings of any corrosion, the spill pallet must be disposed of in accordance with the legislation. In order to carry out a general sealing test, water can of course be poured into the spill pallet to check it is water-tight.

.... I need to transport my spill pallet.

Most spill pallets can be accessed from below and transported using a forklift truck. Some models are available with rollers. If a floor spill pallet needs to be transported, this can be done on a pallet. In each case, ensure the spill pallet is not so full that there will be a risk of a leak during transport. If transport is necessary on public roads and not just the work area, then the legislation for the transport of hazardous goods needs to be taken into consideration.

... I don't know what I need to be aware of with a PE spill pallet?

These can be used in buildings and outdoors, however must not be used in Ex-zones. When used outdoors, the containment devices must be protected from precipitation.

How do I find out which spill pallet I need?

To find the right spill pallet please visit our online shop!

Do you still have a question?

Our experts will be happy to help with questions concerning legislation and the storage of hazardous materials.

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