A leak or a drip may not seem like much, but the damage it can probably cause is endless. When it comes to safety for both workers and the environment, extra precautions are necessary. That’s why even the most safety gears and equipment are required, especially in industries that handle toxic liquids and chemicals. These industries take the most care in their handling of their products, as the smallest bit of spill could mean disaster.
Leaks and Spills
The importance of keeping liquids in their containers is a matter of safety. Spills have been known to cause environmental disasters, bad rep for the company responsible, and almost insurmountable costs for clean up and fines. It is better to prevent such accidents, even when liquids are at a smaller scale. Depending on the kind of liquids being handled, the proper containers and containment bunds are needed to ensure that nothing gets out.
A leaking or dripping container can be just as bad as a spill. Sometimes, people don’t even notice it, and that’s what makes it worse. Whatever gets out of the container can still affect the land the chemicals fall into or the people who contact with it accidentally. The most careful industries ensure that their chemicals stay within their respective containers and that those containers are on containment bunds.
Primary containers include totes, drums, and tanks. These are designed to hold in the chemicals produced for transport. However, depending on the chemical, there is still a chance of corrosion and spills. That is why a secondary containment is needed to keep the damage to a minimum. That’s what containment bunds are, essentially. They are the second line of defence against spills and leakages and a way to minimise risks as required. Thinking a plan is foolproof is in itself, foolish. Always have a backup plan or a backup bund.