Any workplace that uses any type of liquid – hazardous or not – needs to have a plan in place in the event of a spill. When storing liquids there is a big chance of them leaking or spilling so installing preventive measures can help you avoid messy spillages and also sort the clean-up in a timely way if a spill does occur.
One of the most effective ways to do this is by using IBC bunds. IBC bunds and pallets are secondary containment items designed to collect drips, spills and leaks from intermediate bulk containers.
How do I know if I need an IBC bund?
IBC bunds are strongly recommended in areas where chemicals or hazardous substances are stored. They are also suitable for use where non-hazardous liquids are stored to catch any drips and prevent any leaks. Other factors are important to consider including:
- The volume of chemicals/materials stored
- Location of storage containers
- Type of facility
- The risk level of spills and leaks
How will IBC bunds benefit my business?
The key benefit of an IBC bund is to collect drips, leaks, and spillages and safely store these in a bunded sump. They are also essential for complying with UK health and safety regulations concerning the storage of hazardous liquids.
Furthermore, IBC bunds are suitable for use with forklifts which makes transporting them from one place to another very easy.
Which IBC bunds do I need?
Although all IBC bund models are durable and can be used indoors or outdoors, models with a framed cover offer the best protection against the elements. They also provide extra protection against the risk of cross-contamination.
Concrete or plastic bunds are more common than others, and you can choose between low or high walls to help contain the liquid inside.
It’s important to note that each IBC bund model has a maximum load and sump capacity that should not be exceeded. If you are storing multiple IBC containers in a bunded store, the bund capacity should be 110% of the capacity of your largest IBC or 25% of the total volume stored, whichever figure is bigger.
How do I maintain my IBC bund?
If they’re taken care of and maintained on a regular basis IBC bunds will last a very long time. Their strong build and durability mean you can rely on them for years to keep your workplace safe. Here is a list of steps you can take to keep your IBC bund in great condition:
- Ensure you drain the tank regularly to prevent any overflow.
- Check for any cracks or weaknesses within the bund before use.
- Inspect the pipework to make sure it is in good working order.
- Ensure the drain valve is fully closed, and can only be unlocked by authorised personnel.
- Complete a water test every month to ensure they can safely retain a high volume of liquid.
- Note all checks in a safety log so that the maintenance of a bund can be easily monitored.
Regular assessment of your IBC bunds also guarantees your facility’s compliance with UK chemical safety legislation. The law requires that all bunds must pass a “Bund Integrity Test” at least every three years.
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