Industrial Secondary Containment SystemsWhat is a “secondary containment system”? According to the EPA, industries where oils, chemicals and other hazardous materials are present must have a secondary containment systems in place in the event of a leak or spill.
“A secondary containment system provides an essential line of defense in the event of a failure of the primary containment, such as a bulk storage container, a mobile or portable container, piping, or oil-filled equipment.” (More here)Depending upon the industry, a secondary storage system can consist of portable storage containers mounted on pallets off the floor. However, if a spill occurs, there must be enough secondary containment systems on hand to hold the entire contents of the spill. Another option would be to seal the concrete floors and walls to and install a system of berms that would effectively collect the leaked materials and prevent seepage or cross-contamination with other substances in the facility. Concrete secondary storage containment systems – if the size of the facility will accommodate them – are another excellent option in case of a spill. And of course, in addition to containment, it is equally important to have adequate and readily available spill kits on hand in all areas where hazardous materials are present and in use. As with the berm option, concrete containment systems must also be coated in order to be effective – and to pass muster with state and federal regulations regarding storage and containment of chemicals, oils and hazardous materials.