To meet spill containment regulation, you have to prevent hazardous liquid spills from drums from happening. One of the most common ways to do this is by using a drum spill containment pallet, as a secondary spill containment.
This method is effective enough for preventing hazardous liquid spill into the soil and water as long as you select proper capacity and design.
So that is why in this post I write complete information regarding drum spill containment pallet to help you select the proper design.
I will begin this post with the spill containment pallet requirements. Let’s move on.
Drum Spill Containment Pallet Requirements
Secondary spill containment – in our case drum spill containment pallet – are regulated under EPA’s regulation title 40 CFR Part 264.175. This regulation covers portable storage containers such as a 55-gallon drum.
The regulation states that a containment system has to have a minimum capacity of 10% from the container volume or the largest container volume. Choose which is bigger.
Besides that, the regulation also requires the spill containment system free from crack or gaps, comes with easy liquid drainage design, and to be able to prevent run-on.
Meanwhile, for the operation side, EPA requires a periodic drain out from the spill containment system in order to prevent overflow.
The spill pallet for the drum is made of the same material with a conventional pallet. Both of them are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
HPDE can resist various kinds of chemicals. This includes most acids and bases.
In the market, It is also available in other materials of construction such as steel.
Besides that, it has other advantages:
- Easy to transport. You can use a forklift or hand lift to move it from all sides.
- Available in several spill containment capacity
- Available in several load capacity (number of drums)
- Has flat top grating for easy loading and unloading
- Removable top grating for easy cleaning,
Part Name of A Drum Spill Containment Pallet
A drum spill containment pallet consists of several parts. These parts include top grating, spill containment basin, drain plug, and forklift access at the base.
In addition, it has also a cover to prevent rainwater enters the basin, protect drum, and pallet from direct sunlight.
When you need it, you have to determine the number of drums that you need to put on it.
If you want to put 1 drum, you can choose a single drum containment pallet.
If there are 4 drums that you need put on it, then you can use 4 drums spill containment pallet like Eagle 4 drum spill containment pallet.
You can find in the market 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 drums capacity containment pallets. You can see these containment pallets here.
But, never load the pallet more than its maximum allowable load.
You have to consider several things before you buy a drum spill containment pallet; material, drum handling capacity, and features (suppose with drain).