Spill Containment Bund.

Spill Containment Bunds made from XR5 and other industrial materials is a highly specialised product that requires precise manufacturing techniques to ensure 100% leak-free containment.

There are numerous companies selling these types of spill containment bunds, but many are made very cheaply and will not provide adequate containment when a spill occurs.

The Marson Industries range of Australian made spill bunds are used throughout Australia extensively plus we currently export these to many other companies around the world such as: Iraq, EAU, Scotland, PNG and Saudi Arabia.  Marson Industries are a preferred supplier of spill bunds due to our proven reliability and our 50 years of manufacturing excellence.   Our bunds feature a 3 way triangulated brace system that offers extreme reliability – most other bunds on the market are only offering a 2 brace which is considered unreliable. Our containment bunds have been perfected over the years to provide you with a product that will protect you and your company from environmental contamination.

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What Is Chemical Bunding Used For

When you are storing different types of liquid products such as acid, petroleum, or anything else that can pollute the aquifers, you may want to consider using what is called bunding. This is a structure that is going to circumvent the tank where the different products are stored. This can prevent it from leaking into the ground. If this is something that you would like to do, you can find several different companies that produce the exact type of bund walls that are necessary. If you have chemicals that are toxic, and you want to keep them safe if the container they are ever in is breached, you will need to find a chemical bunding producer in your area.

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What Are Liquid Containment Liners

What are liquid containment liners? Well, the answer is quite simple while still being complex. A liquid containment liner is a secondary containment feature that is used when transporting portable containers. What does this mean? It means that the liners are utilized to secure a base for the container and as liquid containment liners it will prevent any possible leaking from the container during transportation.

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5 Chemical Bund Liner Benefits

Protective bund lining systems that are based on chemical resins are used to provide cost-effective and long-lasting solutions to containment areas in processing plants. These chemical bunds provide containment structures with air-tight and water-tight protective sealants to protect the environment from leakages originating from the containment facilities. In a bid to conserve the environment, some governments have set it as a regulation for all manufacturing plants to reinforce their containment facilities with suitable bund liners.

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Facts About Spill Bund Liners

Spill bund liners have been around for a long time and are often not as appreciated as they should be by those who are going to be looking to hold chemicals in one spot. These are one of the best tools to ensure these chemicals are all kept in the same spot for as long as they are needed to be kept there. Let’s take a look at some of the most important facts associated with spill bund liners and why they are so highly regarded around the world by companies who have to deal with harsh chemicals on a regular basis.

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6 Main Types Of Bunding

Bunding is simply a spill containment product, mostly used by businesses which require liquid storage including fuel/oil as well as hazardous materials. You can think of bunding in a sense as a kind of retaining wall. The walled sides provide the barrier to contain spills while still remaining low enough to the ground in most instances for vehicle access. The bunded areas are fashioned for handling the capacity of the biggest spill possible that can occur in that area.

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About Bunded Oil Tanks

Oil is a material that can cause a lot of pollution to the environment, especially to water sources. It is also a material that is important for use in most engines and mechanisms and is thus something that modern day civilization just cannot do without. Oil requires being stored before it is used and this requires retaining the oil in tanks and other such containment structures.

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Spill Containment Bunding And Spill Control Training Is So Important

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In decades past, hazardous spills were either ignored completely or just washed away into creeks and rivers without a thought as to the damage they could cause. However, after thousands of catastrophes where entire fish populations were killed, people injured or poisoned, and long-term cleanups were needed, laws have been enacted to combat spills. Now, every company that handles any kind of chemical, many only slightly hazardous, has to have plans in place to handle a spill of any size.

There will be employees that have attended special classes that can take emergency action, clearing the area, containing the spill, and alerting special cleanup teams of the problem. In many cases, the mishandling of a spill could end in a fine, sometimes hefty, for the company responsible. There are even insurance policies to help cover the costs of cleanup and the liability for damages. There are a variety of spill control technologies that can help limit or control the damages, let’s take a look at some of them now.

  • Good Spill Control Takes Planning And Preparation

The first part of handling spills will come with the education of all the workers involved in manufacturing, transporting, storing and using most types of chemicals and products. Keep in mind that too much of any type of product in a single spot can be considered hazardous to the environment. That would even include many types of food, such as ketchup, vinegar, or even salad oil, if they’re allowed to flow into a stream, storm sewer, or even a ditch, they could end up killing wildlife. Some salmon runs have taken a generation to return to some small streams but could be wiped out in a day by a truckload of milk.

This can be hard to fathom since many food products are edible but only in smaller quantities. Too much in a small stream could cause an overgrowth of bacteria which could suffocate all marine animals in the stream and require a complete rehabilitation program for years. This is the hardest thing to teach workers in any occupation that deals with large amounts of any product and that’s where spill control schools have to start.

  • Prevention Through Safety Procedures Will Come Next

The next step in the learning process is to set up procedures that have to be followed carefully each and every time most products are made, transported, stored, sold, and then used. This would include double-checking valves on tanks to be sure they’re closed before the tank is filled. The same with transportation trucks, making sure their outlet valves are firmly closed before they leave the dock. More times than you can imagine, trucks have been pulled over by the State Patrol that have been leaking their cargo onto the highway for hundreds of miles.

This is why all valves need to be checked manually even if they are equipped with alarms or alerts since the cost of a single mistake can be so devastating. All tanks in the manufacturer’s facility should always have what is called spill containment bunding surrounding them so that any spill will be held in one place until it can be cleaned up properly. A spill containment bunding wall can be as simple as a small ridge of cement built up around a large tank that is sufficiently high enough to hold a substantial amount of spilled product.

Other bunding devices are more sophisticated and specially designed to capture the entire tank of spilled product. These are called spill pallets or intermediate bulk container bunds and they have high enough walls to hold up to 1000 liters when the capacity of the tank they are protecting has that much capacity as well. This is excellent insurance for there never being a spill too large to handle and no spill would ever be able to breach the bunding wall. These intermediate bulk containers, or IBC’s, are required for many of the more dangerous chemicals or food products that are hard to deal with when spilled.

The IBC’s can come in many different materials that are able to withstand all types of spills. Some are made from galvanized steel, PVC plastic, polyethylene plastic, and many other materials to meet the demands of the various industries that require them. The spill containment bunding technology has spread from the manufacturers to the transporters, and on to the storage facilities so that the products being contained are protected every step of the way. The IBC’s even have built in pallet jack openings so that they can be lifted, moved, and loaded onto a truck without ever leaving the IBC.

  • Chemicals, Foods, and Wastes Aren’t The Only Products Needing Containment

When a construction project is started nowadays there is almost always an environmental impact statement filed. This shows the inspector from the municipality how the construction crew plans on control rainwater run-off from the property while they are working on the project. Digging foundations, septic systems, termite control barrier trenches and doing landscaping will all create huge amounts of silt, mud, and other problems for the local creek if not contained. Just one project on a creek could kill all the wildlife for a few years but several could mean the extinction of an entire eco-system.

For that reason, most building codes require special spill containment bunding walls be built around a project that will hold back the run-off and give it a chance to soak into the ground as it should. So, in this case, the bunding wall would be made from dirt and mounded up surrounding the property at its lowest point where the water would congregate. Sometimes the embankment would be covered with landscape cloth that would help hold it in place and keep the rain from washing the bunding wall away as well.

  • Even Small Carriers Of Liquids Are Required To Have Spill Containment Kits

These kits will come in all shapes and sizes depending on what they are supposed to contain and how much of it there might be. They’ll usually consist of a highly absorbent material that can quickly suck up many times its own size and weight of most liquids. In other words a 5 lb. bag of absorbent can sometimes clean up 10 gallons of an oil spill by combining with it and making it semi-solid. After that, it can be scooped up with a shovel and put in a container then taken to a recycler for processing.

These highly absorbent materials have saved many a company thousands of dollars in fines by cleaning up a good sized oil spill in a few minutes. They are fairly inexpensive and most trucking and transportation companies carry them to clean up diesel spills, crankcase oil spill, transmission oil spills and any other type of containment needed.

There are tons of different spill kits that a company can purchase and they should have them on hand for every type of spill they could encounter. Businesses like grocery stores have nearly a hundred different chemicals and other products that could be hazardous in large amounts. Bleach, vinegar, drain cleaner, floor wax, laundry detergent, ammonia, large amounts of soft drinks, milk products, and even cooking oil can all create their own problems. Of course, in most places, a guy with a mop is all that’s needed for many of the non-hazardous spills that do happen. Care always needs to be taken to make sure that customers and employees don’t accidentally slip on spilled foods as they can be quite slick. Many lawsuits are filed every year by customers that have slipped and fallen on products in grocery stores.

  • Why Hazmat Training Is So Important For Employees

Part of attending the hazmat classes is also learning which chemicals should never be placed near each other in the warehouse or on the sales floor. That would include such items as bleach and ammonia, or vinegar and baking soda, or drain cleaner and ammonia since all of these can create toxic fumes when mixed together. They should never be stored in the warehouse near each other since a forklift accident could rupture both and send people to the hospital with serious respiratory problems.

Another part of the training is to be able to recognize a dangerous situation and get everyone evacuated safely and quickly. In the event of a fire, there are lots of products that when they burn emit toxic fumes. Additionally, some household products like fingernail polish remover are explosive in a fire and there would be lots of bottles all together in the same area with hair spray which could also explode in a fire. After training, store clerks would recognize these dangers and know how to proceed to limit injuries to customers and employees.

While most people easily recognize pesticide storage, petroleum storage, chemical storage, electrical transformers, and other industrial facilities as being full of hazardous products, they rarely think of the local grocery store that way. The same goes for the local hardware store with all of the paint thinners, paints, paint removers, spray cleaners, and pesticides, as well. The auto parts store, nail salon, flower nursery and many other businesses have hazmat possibilities and so should have spill control kits and employees trained in using them on site at all times.

All businesses and homes should also have evacuation routs for all of their employees or residences with procedures and planning for meeting outside for a roll-call. More than once a parent has returned to the inside of a home on fire to look for a child that was already safe outside. If everyone knows where to meet or assemble outside these kinds of tragic miscues can be totally avoided. All upstairs bedrooms and other rooms should have easily openable windows with emergency rope or chain ladders to use to safely scale down the building to safety as well.

All businesses should take spill control and safety seriously since it’s a problem for the environment and for people as well. There are lots of online articles to help learn more about emergency procedures, but the best way is to get Hazmat certified by taking the classes. Some of them are available with online courses and exams with only a few hands-on labs while others are totally done with live instructors. Every business has to decide how important safety is and how much they’re willing to spend. It is possible to send just the supervisors to the live classes and then have lower tier employees take the online classes to mitigate the expenses and still have a well educated crew.

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Bunding And Spill Management Systems

When you are operating a business that is going to deal with some type of chemicals you will notice that is very difficult at times to keep the chemicals contained at times. This is when you should know more about the bunding and spill management policies that you can institute in the business. By putting these policies in place it will allow your business to have the proper safety measures in place, but also know how to respond to any of the problems the business may encounter. Without this, you could have some problems in getting the right containment or precautions put in place for the work that is being done.

  • Why Would A Business Need To Have Bunding

Now, this is one of the key questions you will want to get answered when you are looking at the bunding and spill management that you are getting done. That is what exactly is bunding and how is it going to help the business out in getting everything contained, but also why it should be installed in the business, especially if you are in the business that is going to deal with the various chemicals that are being produced in the country.

  • What Is Bunding

Now as for what bunding is, it is going to be a product that you are going to find is going to be impervious to liquids. This is because of the way they are developed and made to be resistant to any type of liquid going through the barrier. However, what is interesting about the bunding is they can be made from a variety of materials as well. This can include anything from the mounds of dirt, bricks, plastic liners, or even concrete. The key factor is they are going to be resistant to anything that is going to be able to penetrate through them and cause any type of damage to the ground or the natural waterways that are around the region.

Since these are impervious it means that nothing is going to be able to get through the bunding and get into the ground water. Without this, people are going to have a chance for the waterways to become impacted but also going to have a chance for nature to be damaged. It is key to point out that these have to be accessible for people to remove the spill as well because no matter what kind of bunding is being used at some point in time the chance of it failing is going to become a reality and this may lead to the bunding starting to leak.

What else is important to note is the bunding that is being used is generally around the tanks of chemicals that are being set up. The bunding is going to be in place to help prevent the liquids from leaking out of the place, but also to contain it. Now another key point about the bunding is it has to be deep enough that it is able to hold all of the potential chemicals that could leak out of the tanks that are being used for the storage of the chemicals or it could be an issue for people to have the leaks overflow the bunding.

  • Is Bunding Required?

This is a question that a lot of people are going to ask when they are looking at the bunding and spill management plans they are developing. However, the answer is really it depends on what the environmental protection agency for the region is going to require for the chemical being stored. In mosts cases, the bunding will be required and this means the business has to take this into account. However, the bunding can be incorporated into the spill management plan and put into place during the implementation of the plans, so the cost will be defrayed and already included into any of the plans that are being developed for this aspect of the business.

  • What Needs To Be Included In A Spill Management Plan

Starting to implement a spill management plan is going to take some time, but the key is to make sure several factors are included in the plan. By including all of these factors it will be easier for people to get the right plan in place and know if they are going to have a good plan they can use or if they are going to have a plan that is not going to be useful at all. Without this, people may have some problems in getting the right plan in place because they are coming up with ideas they think they need to have, but they may not work like they want them to.

The first thing that people need to have in the plan is an inspection plan in place for all of the equipment where a leak or spill can happen. This is the most important step to helping to keep everything from being spilled, but it will also help in getting the knowledge of the employees up to date on the products they are handling and what they should be looking for or where they are going to go when a leak does happen.

In the inspection plan, it should have some type of plan in place on how to handle the valves, a key system for the pipes to show they were inspected, and even how the tanks are inspected. To help the employees out the development of a checklist is important as this will help remind the employees of the checks they need to make to guarantee that everything is being done properly and in a timely manner.

When the plan is developed it is important for the employees who are doing the inspection to have the power to turn off a failing system right away. For example, if an employee notices something unusual about a valve they should have the power to turn off the valve until they can complete an inspection of the valve completely or the maintenance crew can come out and replace the valve. This way the valve will be returned to a functioning status and this will allow the employees to know they have done a good job with the valve and the work, but also they have the power to prevent any of the problems.

Emergency testing of the system is something else that people need to have done on a regular basis. Now, this does not mean that each day a test should be done, but people need to have some type of tests done on a regular basis so they are able to know how to respond to the emergencies, but also know what they are supposed to do during the test. It is key the test are done at random and on various shifts. This way all the employees know how to respond and they will not be expecting the test to happen at noon on each Wednesday of the month. Doing a test on an announced schedule like this will often lead to people being complacent with what is going on and this can easily lead to people not really answering the call of a test like they should be.

What else will help the response time of the crews that are working on the job site is by having some type of standard operating procedures that everyone needs to go over. These are going to be the guidelines the employees will have to follow if a spill does happen and it will be ones that are reviewed on a regular basis. This way people are able to get the work done and know they are going to have a great time in getting the job completed because they are aware of what they are doing and what they are supposed to do.

Along with the training in the specialized operating procedures the employees need to have some type of training on how to respond to the emergency. This can be anything from how to shut down the pumps in an emergency, to which valves to close when, but in some cases it may even involve firefighting training. It is very important for the employees to have this type of training as they are generally the ones who will reach the situation or spill first, long before any of the fire crews are going to reach the fires that are going on.

Being able to get the proper procedures in place for a response to a spill inside of a business is a good thing. The problem a lot of companies have is they are not sure about some of the common practices they should be implementing with the bunding and spill management programs they are developing. By knowing about these practices it will become quite a bit easier for people to have the proper response in place and know the employees are properly trained on how to respond to an emergency.

Temporary Bunds For Vehicles To Drive Over

Vehicles are involved in crashes at times. Sometimes these crashes are very easy to control, but sometimes they will have leaking fluids that are going to need to be contained. When this happens, it is generally going to fall on the fire brigade to do the first response on the control of the fluids and that is often a more difficult task than what you would expect. This is when the first responders will often speak of getting a bund for the vehicles to keep the fluids contained. However, what they are really talking about is the temporary bunds for vehicles and how they are going to be used to help contain the fluids that are spilling out of the vehicles. So, what exactly makes these bunds a great idea and a wonderful option to be used for the vehicles, compared to some of the other methods they could be using?

  • Temporary Actions

This is one of the first things people will notice about this type of bund and that is the fact that is going to be very temporary. This is going to make it easier for you to have a barrier up and know it can be removed over time. However, it is going to serve the purpose it was supposed to serve of keeping the fluids contained. Now the temporary bunds for vehicles also makes it easier for the fire brigade to have the items on the vehicles they are bringing to the scenes of the accidents. So they will not have to worry about having to wait hours on end for a specialized company to come in with the supplies to get the spilled contained.

On the downside with the temporary products they do have a tendency to start to leak over time. This does not mean that they are going to leak right away, but they are going to leak over time and will eventually become so full they are going to have some problems in getting the bunds picked up. So this is a factor the fire brigade needs to remember when they are looking at these bunds.

  • Size Of The Bunds

As was touched upon briefly the bunds are going to be smaller and more manageable in size. This is going to make it easier for the fire brigade to bring these with them and know they are going to have some of the protection that is needed, but at the same time, they will be able to have a great number of them with them to help contain the leaks that are present. This, in turn, will make it easier for the leaks to start to be contained.

Now what is important with a lot of these bunds is they can be connected together. This is because they are going to have a chance to get the bunds put together to reach out to the level that people need to have them. For example, if the vehicle involved in the crash is a tanker vehicle they will need to have a lot of containment. So this is going to make it easier for people to have the containment they need to have and know it is going to keep the spills contained.

  • Height Of The Temporary Bunds for Vehicles

Quite often when people look at these bunds they will notice they are going to keep all the spills contained. However, people need to realize these spills are going to be contained only up to a certain level before they are going to have some problems. So people need to make sure they know about the fact these spills can be contained with the bunds, but only to a certain level of depth. That is because these are temporary and they are not meant to hold thousands of gallons. These are meant to stop the emergency flow of the liquid that is going from the vessel that it is coming from.

The good news is in most of your vehicle accidents, unless a tanker lorrie is involved, the temporary bunds are usually deep enough to contain the spills. So people do not have to worry about these spills spreading throughout the environment and causing some of the problems that are commonly seen in the areas that this is an issue. For example, if the accident happens near a waterway, these can be put in place until it is possible to clean up the chemicals or other liquids that were spilled out properly and by the professionals.

  • Permeability Of The Bunds

Generally, when people look at these bunds they will notice it looks like a sheet of plastic that is stretched out. However, what they need to realize is these are meant to look like that, but they are actually very resistant to items going through them. So people will notice they are not going to leak as much, if at all, but also they are going to be able to keep the liquids held back. Not to mention they are generally non-reactive materials in case a chemical spill did occur.

As far as the permeability goes with these products they have a tendency not to tear or allow chemicals to pass through. So this is going to help to keep the people safe from any type of problems, but also allow them to know the leaks are going to be contained. If it is an item that is going to leak through the bund they will have a tendency to leak at a slower rate, which allows the emergency crews to properly address the problem and guarantee they are going to have it contained, instead of it flowing out like it would if the tank was ruptured.

  • Lower Reactivity Of The Materials

Chemicals are a major item that are being transported on the road today. However, what a lot of people do not realize is these chemicals can cause a major issue if they are going to reach the roadway or a waterway. This does not even mention what can happen if the chemicals were to get into the natural beauty of the areas they are commonly spilled in, like grassy meadows or trees that are next to the roadway. So it is important to know the bunds will contain the chemicals, but it is also important to know the bunds are going to have a chance to not react with the chemicals.

You may be asking yourself, why would a bund react with the chemicals it is going to try to keep from running off? Well, the answer for that is very easy and it is the fact the chemical is going to have a chance to react with the bund depending on what the chemical is. Since this is the case, the bunds tend to be made from materials they are not going to react with anything. So this is going to lessen the risk of the people who are looking at the bunds and chemicals but also makes it easier for them to know they are going to have a better chance to keep everything contained that is leaking out of the vessel.

  • Portability Of The Bunds

Now as we mentioned before these are not that large, which is going to make it quite a bit easier for you to get the bunds set up where they need to go. So people will not have to be concerned about the bunds snot being reached out to the right place, but also not having to have them at the right location. So this is going to make it easier for people to get the rigth bund and know they are going to be able to move them to the area.

Now this is completely different than the bunds that are going to be installed in the permanent method. The reason this is going to be easier is people are going to have a chance to move them around and have them installed quickly and easily. The downside is you will notice the permanent bunds are going to require equipment to move into place and often will have to be maintained on a regular basis, when compared to the temporary ones are going to be easy to move into place and know they are going to work for a short time frame, not a long time frame.

Being able to survive a vehicle accident can be a good thing, but it can also be a challenge at the same time. This is when people should know more about how the temporary bunds for vehicles is going to help people in getting the spills contained in the vehicle and know it is going to help them in getting everything ready to be cleaned up. Without this people are going to have some problems in getting the vehicles spills contained or even kept in the place they are going to need to have them kept inside of.

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