The Importance of Environmental Control
If your company deals in environmentally hazardous liquids, most likely your government requires you to have a response plan in the event of a spill. Your plan might need to include contingencies for spill prevention and control, as well as appropriate countermeasures. Often, meeting these requirements involves placing physical barriers around the site of a potential spill either prior to an event or after its occurrence. According to the U.S. EPA, installing spill containment measures prior to a spill can result in significant savings if a spill does happen.
The main function of spill containment efforts is to prevent a discharge of oil or other contaminates into adjoining resources or to help with recovery efforts after a spill occurs. Containing a spill may be more eco-friendly than using absorbent spill kits. Spill kits have very small capacity, require disposal after use, and do not permit re-cycling of the spilled agent.
Spill Containment Types
Berms/Bund Liners: Berms or Bund Liners are shallow containers that are placed on the ground under a spill or leak to catch and retain fluids. They are constructed out of chemical-resistant materials. These materials can be steel or concrete, but most often are made from flexible coated-textiles. Berms and pools made from technical textiles are flexible, portable, and lightweight.
They come in various designs, such as inflatable or with self-rising sides that raise as the liquid level increases, and in various standard and customizable sizes, even large enough and tough enough to allow trucks to drive over them. These types of containments may be permanently placed under machinery or used when a spill occurs.
Booms: Booms are long tube-like structures used on the open water to contain and sometimes help to absorb contaminants. Booms float on the water and often have skirts that hang below the water to help keep oil or debris from escaping during wave action. They are constructed from tough flexible technical textiles, some of which will absorb the oil.
Containment Booms are filled with buoyant material or they are inflatable. This makes them simple and quick to deploy. Very long booms may come with loops on top for wire to pass though for more manageability.
Erez coated technical textiles have a well-established history of outstanding performance in the harsh environmental conditions that accompany many spill containment operations. They are particularly well suited for uses where exposure to chemicals, UV radiation, and severe weather and wear are common. Our modern coated textiles offer excellent mechanical properties, maintaining flexibility and durability for extended periods—even under extreme hot or cold conditions.
Erez is a world leader in the production of innovative coated textiles for applications such as spill containment and offshore preventative measures, and for over 30 years has supplied coated technical fabrics for top brands in the environmental control and protection industry. All Erez coated technical textiles are thoroughly tested and are approved by the major standard certification bodies internationally. Available in a wide range of TPU, PVC, EVA, and PVC/PU blends, all Erez products are glueable and weldable by HF and Hot Air. Environmental control and protection applications include oil booms, barriers, flood and spill protection, spill control, berm liners and secondary containment, and inflatable dams.
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