How to Prevent Oil Spills on Jobsites

Last Updated On Dec 14, 2020

Back in 1736, Benjamin Franklin proclaimed that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Clearly, he knew that preventing the cause was better than dealing with the effect, in this case fires in Philadelphia. So does the same apply to oil spills on jobsites? We believe that it is much easier to learn how to prevent oil spills and oil contamination than it is to clean up after them. Taking the time to plan ahead will pay dividends in the long run, so let’s cover what you should take into consideration.

Oil Spill Prevention

The best first step you can take to prevent oil spills is to create a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. While it’s a legal requirement for many companies that handle oil products to have an SPCC plan, it’s also a great way to identify your risks and plan ahead for any accidental spills.  If you’re not already asking yourself where your own risks might be, let’s take a look at a few we know are common amongst our customers.

Potential oil spill locations might include:

  • Fuel pump locations
  • Storage barrels of fuel
  • Service trucks or other equipment
  • Etc.

Once you've identified your list of potential risks, you're ready to plan ahead and find oil spill containment products that’ll prevent oil spills from ever occurring, protecting yourself from costly clean-up measures and hefty fines.

Oil Spill Containment Products

We’ve heard from many customers that they begin their prevention plans by looking for oil spill containment products like spill berms, containment trays and leak prevention items. Those in both the Oil & Gas industry and refineries/plants have needs for simple spill trays to service machinery or equipment, and most also look for fuel containment berms for their sites. Preventing any ground contamination is key for them. 

PacTec offers many various spill berm types and containment tray sizes that are an affordable method of petroleum containment. Our top-sellers used in many of our customers SPCC Plans are:

While the above solutions work for most oil and fuel spill prevention situations, they may not be best suited for your needs. PacTec does not provide spill kits or items used in the cleanup of spills (oil socks, etc.) as we are more focused on the prevention methods.

If you find yourself in need of fuel containment berms, oil spill berms or other containment products in your industry, we’ve likely got a solution for you. Give one of our sales professionals a call today, or download a spill containment brochure to learn more.

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Topics: Containment