3 Steps to Finding the Right Spill Pallet

Current UK regulation stipulates that containers of oil and fuel cannot be stored outside unless used with 'secondary containment,' such as spill pallets and drip trays (Oil Storage Regulations 2001). The reason for this is if one of your containers leaks, then any escaped material will be contained within the spill pallet. Secondary containment items should be able to hold 110% of the maximum capacity of the largest tank or drum. 

You are further required to use spill pallets when storing and transferring substances that are hazardous to water in order to reduce pollution risks to land, surface water and groundwater. 

Another important point about spill pallets is they allow you to meet your health and safety obligations as an employer through reducing slip and trip risks from leaks and spills. Our expert range of spill containment solutions help to maintain safe and clean working environments that are in full compliance with UK legislation.


As the manufacturer and supplier of the UKs largest range of spill pallets, we understand the importance of choosing the right storage and handling solutions for your business. To make the decision making process easier for our customers. the experts at DENIOS have got together to create this useful guide for selecting spill pallets.

Read on and find out how to choose the right spill pallet for your business...

1  The materials you are storing

The materials you are working with will dictate the type of spill pallet that you need. Before making your purchase, ensure any spill pallets have the necessary level of resistance to whatever materials you are planning on using with the pallet.

For the storage of water-polluting, flammable substances such as oils and lacquers - steel spill pallets should be used. These are available in both galvanised and painted versions.

For the storage of aggressive chemicals such as acids and alkali - stainless steel or plastic spill pallets should be used.

Media Resistance List

When looking to identify which spill pallet type is suitable for the materials you are using, it's best practice to consult the safety data sheets for the materials. Within these, you will find all the relevant information regarding the safe storage and transport of your materials. 

To help you figure out which spill pallet is most suitable for your needs, we've complied a media resistance list - which covers a wide variety of storage media.

For many chemical substances, spill pallets made of steel (1.0038) can be used. For corrosive substances such as acids and alkali, spill pallets made of polyethylene or stainless steel are required. 

2  The importance of collection volume

As we previously mentioned, it's important that spill pallets are able to hold 110% of the maximum capacity of the largest tank or drum in use. This is a legal requirement when storing certain hazardous substances outside, and good practice in general when dealing with hazardous substances in any industrial setting.

Please bear in mind that the weight of the materials you are using will affect which spill pallet is appropriate for your needs. Spill pallets have a maximum load capacity that should not be exceeded. Should you need to discuss this further you can speak to one of our technical experts on 01952 700 569.

There are a wide range of storage solutions available for the safe containment of spills and leaks. You may also want to consider spill decking and containment racking if you are looking to bund whole areas, or it may be more suitable to use spill trays and pallets if you only need to bund individual 60 and 205 litre drums and IBCs.

Storing large quantities?

If you need to store large quantities of hazardous substances, you may also need a specially designed hazardous materials store. We offer a wide range of both standard and advanced solutions, tailor-made to customer's budgets and requirements.  

Contact us now to discuss how we can help you with your storage requirements.

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3  Alternative application spill pallets save time and money

There are spill pallets available that meet a wide range of applications within industrial settings. Some spill pallet designs allow for easy storage, and are often equipped with specially designed feet or integrated fork pockets, which facilitate easy transport with a forklift on factory premises.

If a spill pallet needs to be regularly transported, you could consider looking at ones specially developed for this application. There are options for handles, wheels and ready-to-use filling stations which all reduce the risks involved in transporting hazardous substances and save you time in the long-run.

Spill decking protects larger areas from hazardous liquids, helping to prevent groundwater contamination. These special floor designs come with extensive accessories that range from edge fastenings to loading ramps, allowing you to safely line entire rooms.

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