Spill Containment

Published: | Updated: May 14, 2019

Definition - What does Spill Containment mean?

Spill containment is the process of keeping a spillage within a barrier or drainage area rather than allowing it to be absorbed into the surface of the ground. It may relate to any type of workplace spillage, including chemicals and oils.

There are various methods of containing a spill that have proven to be effective. The outflow of a drainage system can be fitted with a pneumatic pump in order to contain it.

Safeopedia explains Spill Containment

Spill containment occurs regularly at worksites in the United States. There are, in fact, more than 10,000 spills across workplaces in the U.S. every year.

An effective means of containment is to use a stop bladder. The bladder inflates to block drains and access-ways to streams, rivers, and ground-water systems. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency regulates the response to oil spills that occur in inland waters; coastal water oil spills are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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