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  • Environmental Management: Spill Containment & ControlAn Expert Guide

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  • OUR SERVICE 2POLLUTION PREVENTION 3-4 GUIDELINES SPILL CONTROL 5-6Chemical Absorbents 7-8Maintenance Absorbents 9-10 Oil Absorbents 11-12 Spill Response Kits 13-16SPILL CONTROL ACCESSORIES Absorbent Granules 17-18 Specialist Absorbents & Mats 19-20 Spill Dispensing Stations 21 Drain Protection 22POLLUTION PREVENTIONFiltration Systems 23-26SPILL AFTERCAREBioremediation 27-28OIL & CHEMICAL STORAGE & CONTAINMENT Oil Storage Regulations 29-30 Secondary Containment 31-37Steel Drum Storage 38


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    Our ServiceAs part of our commitment to health, safety and environmental performance this guide is designed to help you ensure you use and store fluids safely and offers guidance that supports your business in the management of spillage and pollution control.Arco not only offer a fully comprehensive range of reactive spillage minimisation and control products, but also offer a proactive approach to spillage management and prevention via our Training and Consultancy team.

    As part of our commitment to keeping people safe in the workplace, we can advise you with an overview of legislation and expert advice on compliance and pollution prevention. We have a fully comprehensive spill product offer and can assist you in the selection of the most appropriate spill control, aftercare and oil storage and containment products required for your site.

    Arco Training & Consultancy

    The proactive approach to spillage prevention is led by our Training and Consultancy team, who are the specialist arm of Arco that is dedicated to helping customers achieve and maintain full health, safety and environmental compliance.

    Arco Training & Consultancy provide a number of bespoke and accredited training solutions to support your business in the following areas:

    Environmental Management Control & Compliance Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Assessment Environmental Spill Awareness and Spill Response Training Fire Training Emergency Response Team Management

    The training offer is enhanced by a competent team of Health, Safety and Environmental Consultants recruited from industry and the largest team of Respiratory Protective Equipment Technicians in the UK. The team offer services such as auditing and gap analysis to help you deliver compliance with environmental management systems, such as BS EN ISO 14001, Personal Protective Equipment Selection and Respiratory Protection Services such as Face Fit Testing through to Respiratory Protective Equipment servicing, maintenance and training.

    These services are supported by Arcos fully comprehensive range of products which includes a vast selection of spillage management and minimisation and pollution control products.


    Arco is the UKs leading supplier of personal protective equipment, workwear and workplace safety products offering a world-class range of over 170,000 products.As Experts in Safety we are widely recognised as a provider of specialist advice through our branch network and this is further supported by our training and consultancy division. We reach our customers through an extensive product catalogue, interactive website, local Sales Offices and over 40 Trade Counters. We pride ourselves on providing customers with great availability, performance and price.

    Founded in 1884 Arco has a heritage spanning four generations. With traditional family values at the heart of the business we pride ourselves on our core values; respect, hard work, enterprise and excellence in reputation. We fully subscribe to the ETIs Nine Principles Base code and have fully incorporated the internationally recognised code of labour practice into our own ethical policy. In 2007 Arco was the first distributor in our industry to become a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and in 2010 we became a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. We continually support local communities and charities donating in excess of 1% of pre tax profits annually.

    As we are members of the BSIF Registered Safety Suppliers Scheme you can be confident that we will supply safety equipment which is genuine and compliant with the relevant standards and regulations. The BSIF monitor and regulate members of the scheme by conducting regular standards audits.

    If you have a spill or any pollution incident you must report it to the Environment Agency immediately 0800 80 70 60 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

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    Pollution Prevention GuidelinesPollution can happen accidentally or deliberately and occurs when substances released to water, land or air have a harmful effect on the environment. Pollutants can put human health at risk and often affect drinking water supplies, business activities, wildlife habitats, and peoples enjoyment and use of the environment.

    The Environment Agencys 10 Point Checklist

    Good environmental management is good for business. Many pollution incidents are avoidable and spill management and pollution prevention can help your business avoid and deal with incidents.

    The Environment Agencys 10 point checklist* will help you to understand your environmental requirements.


    GOV.UK: Pollution Prevention Guidelines: PPG1 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/290124/


    You need to understand your premises and how your activities could affect the environment and cause pollution; you should regularly review the pollution linkages you have.

    Figure 1: Example of a pollution linkage using source-pathway-receptor model, Pollution Prevention Guidelines PPG1*

    Your site and activities will only cause harm to the environment or people if all of the above are present. You should look at ways to break the links or weaken them. By doing this, you can identify how to prevent or reduce the likelihood of pollution and reduce the impact of any problem which may occur.

    Almost all premises produce dirty water which could cause pollution if it enters rivers, streams, ditches or groundwater. Many sites also store, handle and use a wide range of other liquid materials which can spill, leak or release their contents if there is a fire or flood. Some of these materials may not seem harmful but can be very damaging to the environment.

    Common examples of substances that cause environmental harm include fuels and oils, chemicals, sewage, farm manure and slurry however other materials such as food and drink products and detergents can also cause significant pollution.

    By considering the hazards associated with the materials you have, where you store and how you handle them you can reduce the likelihood of pollution happening.

    This type of review along with the Environmental Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agencys 10 point checklist are the first steps towards developing an environmental management system (EMS), which will allow you to demonstrate a commitment to managing and minimising your immediate and long-term environmental impacts.


    a spill on ground from oil drums

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    drains,through soil to groundwater, over hard surfaces


    river, stream, lake, groundwater

    If you answer no to any of these questions, contact your local sales office to discuss your requirements.


    GOV.UK: Is your site right? http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/lit_7254_63a82a.pdf*


    Site drainage1. Do you know where your drains go? only clean water, such as roof drainage, to surface water drains all contaminated water, such as sewage and trade effluent, to foul drains

    2. Do you have an up to date drainage plan of your site?

    Storing oils, chemicals and other polluting materials 3. Are storage containers fit for purpose, regularly inspected and maintained?

    4. Are storage areas and containers sited away from watercourses, surface water drains and unsurfaced areas?

    5. Do storage containers have secondary containment, such as a bund, to contain any leaks or spills?

    6. Do you have procedures for safe delivery and handling of materials?

    Waste management 7. Is your storage and handling of waste safe and does it comply with the law?

    8. Do you know where your waste goes? Can you prove its disposed of correctly?

    9. Are you reducing and recycling your waste?

    Emergency response 10. Do you have a plan, equipment and training to deal with pollution and fire emergencies which is regularly tested?

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    A spill can be defined as the uncontrolled release of a substance sufficient in size and nature to present a threat to the environment and / or people. Accidental spills of hazardous liquids, oil, fuel and chemicals can cause serious health and safety and environmental problems and current legislation is in place to protect people and the environment. If spillages are not controlled and damaging consequences occur then severe penalties can be issued to businesses. Having the correct products and procedures in readiness will reduce the negative impact that a spill would cause, not only to people and the environment but also on your business. Arco offer a comprehensive range of spill control products which will enable you to be prepared for any accidental spillage.


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