These notes are intended to assist all who deal with the storage
and handling of drums and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs).
The guidelines are basic requirements to protect the
environment. Additional requirements may be imposed by
legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and
the Environment Act 1995.
In England, the storage of oils (except waste mineral oils) in
containers over 200 litres in capacity, on industrial, commercial
and institutional sites, is subject to specific regulations
(Reference 1). Similar regulations are expected to be introduced
in Scotland during 2004 and may follow in Northern Ireland and
Wales. Further advice may be obtained by contacting your local
Agency office, details of which appear at the end of these
guidelines. These notes have been produced by the Environment
Agency for England and Wales, the Scottish Environment
Protection Agency and the Environment and Heritage Service in
Northern Ireland, which are referred to here as the Agency or
Secondary containment systems
A secondary containment system is designed to catch
leaks from the primary container or spillages when in use.
A suitable secondary containment system should be
provided, as this will significantly reduce the risk of a spill
resulting in pollution. It will also allow the controlled
recovery or treatment of any spilled material, and may
prevent the spread of burning liquids. Containment
methods include a bund (which can be around, or
incorporated into, a storage facility), a drip tray, kerbs and
any other system that will prevent a spilled product
escaping. The system chosen will depend on factors such
as site sensitivity, existing on-site facilities and operational
needs, the quantities and nature of
materials stored, and their location
within the site.
Equipment for storing water hazardous of flammable liquids
must be used by trained operators in accordance with the UK
Guidelines PPG 26 and water Resources Act 1991.
Consideration must also be given to DSEAR and COSHH.
A sump must be able to retain the content of 110% of the
largest container stored or 25% of the volume stored,
whichever is greater. Some water protection areas can
require sumps to contain larger volumes – ie. Agri chemicals
require 185% of the largest container. Please check with the
local authority to be sure.
The hazardous materials handbook
The DENIOS hazardous materials handbook
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up-to-date information on legal requirements and regulations for the storage of
hazardous materials and work safety. With this handbook, DENIOS customers
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