The Importance of Planning Ahead for Your Tanker Truck Spill Containment Needs

Last Updated On Oct 25, 2021

When we speak with Oil & Gas professionals, they often want to know about the best methods for tanker truck spill containment so that they can stay in compliance and effectively prevent spills. When they are looking for that answer, they often focus on solutions that are cheap and easy rather than on what will last and be robust enough for handling rough terrain and heavy equipment loads. Yet we can all agree it’s true that spill containment is important and necessary.

That’s why our recommendation is to research the various spill containment systems PacTec has available that will keep your site and company in compliance affordably, but are also constructed to withstand the tough conditions you will put them through. If you are in the market for truck spill containment options, you are in the right place. Below we will take a closer look into what truck containment is, its importance and benefits, and some options for you to consider.

What is Tanker Truck Spill Containment?

Tanker truck spill containment, fuel spill containment, and frac tank containment all have similar goals – to stop spills or leaks that occur on the outside of the confines of the truck. This prevents groundwater and soil contamination and can prevent hazardous situations from trips and falls or exposure to contaminants. Plus, by utilizing proper containment, you can stay in SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) compliance and be sure to remain within the confines of EPA containment regulations, many that require secondary containment.

For more information about all things Spill Containment, check out our full Guide to Spill Containment.

The Importance of Tanker Truck Spill Containment

In addition to the points made above, having proper trucker spill containment in place helps you save money. Since trucks and frac tanks are a common source of leaks both while moving and stationary, spill containment can help you save on cleanup costs, avoid fines for causing spills on public roadways or private property, and avoid the embarrassment of having your company removed from a job for unsafe practices.

In addition, you could be liable for damages if workers or the public are harmed from chemical exposure that could have been prevented. Here are some best practices for preventing chemical spills in your workplace.

Did you know that spill containment can be achieved with more than spill berms? Packaging can also be utilized to prevent spills from happening while transporting certain types of materials. Here is an example of how one company avoided a disaster by utilizing packaging built to withstand adverse conditions.

While stationary, spill berms are the most common and cost-effective method of spill containment. PacTec offers several types that are ideal for moving equipment over without losing their effectiveness.

  • Pop-Up Spill Containment Berms – single-piece berms with sidewalls that are quickly and easily raised and lowered to move equipment on and off.
  • Foam Sidewall Spill Berms – designed for hands-off movement of equipment, the foam sidewalls give to the tire weight but spring back into an upright position.
  • Collapsible Spill Tray – lightweight and movable, these trays are ideal for use under oil changes and valve connections.

Benefits of Planning Ahead to Avoid a Tanker Truck Spill

As you know, prevention is always more valuable than reacting after an incident. This negates the need for other emergency response equipment and is more affordable than cleanup. Plus, spills can lead to larger financial losses, downtime, and claims/lawsuits. Plus, most spill berms are reusable and can easily be stored between uses, further reducing your expense.

Now that you’re aware of the importance of proper spill containment for your tanker trucks or frac tanks, understand their benefits and importance, would you consider PacTec’s spill berm solutions to be the right fit for your needs? If so, you can obtain a no-obligation free quote or reach out to one of our spill containment experts.