Oil, fuel, contaminated waste, hazardous chemicals… When these are safely contained, transferred, transported – and where necessary, safely disposed of – there are no issues.
When spillage occurs, however, this is a completely different matter and consequences can be far reaching, particularly in terms of environmental impact, health and safety and costs to the company responsible for the spill.
It is therefore paramount that across all industries dealing with liquids in whatever shape or form, stringent measures are taken to reduce the amount of spillage that continues to occur on a regular basis.
Whilst our products at Smartflow Couplings are primarily designed to eradicate spillage during fluid transfer, we are very aware of steps that can be taken to reduce spillage across all industries dealing in liquids.
Before we look at how our dry break couplings help combat spillage during fluid transfer, let’s explore some fairly simple steps that can be taken across industries to lessen incidents and impact and help eradicate spillage once and for all.
First and foremost across all sectors where spillage could occur, employees must be given training in every Health and Safety aspect pertaining to their role but most significantly in how to handle liquids and chemicals and how to avoid spillage in the first place. Spillage can lead to accidents causing people to slip and injure themselves, takes an inordinate amount of time to clear up and can have huge health risks and implications should the liquid be toxic. Training not only reduces the risk of spillage but also imbues your employees with the confidence they need to respond swiftly, safely and effectively when a spill does occur.
Containers storing liquids should always be stored following recommended guidelines. Consider placing mats on floors in the direct vicinity of storage containers: they will not only act as a buffer should a container topple over but will also absorb liquid should a leak occur.
Spill containment pallets are highly effective at containing any spillage within the pallet itself, reducing the necessity for huge clean-up operations in the event of leakage. Having spill kits of relevant size immediately to hand also ensures a swift and efficient response as these always include highly absorbent materials which quickly soak up fluids and lessen the extent of any chemical spill.
In any industry dealing with liquids be they toxic or not, procedures must be in place to ensure the containers used are appropriate not only for the volume of the liquid stored but also for its properties with statutory seals and valves. Containers must always be correctly and clearly labelled identifying contents and potential hazards. Similarly all storage vessels must be properly maintained and inspected on a regular basis for leakage and any deterioration in their condition. There is absolutely no place for shortcuts when working in these industries: fluids, whatever their properties, can cause all manner of damage or injury should spillage occur.
It is paramount they are stored, maintained, handled, transferred and transported with utmost care and attention to detail.
Plan for Eventualities
Having an incident response plan in place will ensure that any employee will know what to do should a spillage occur. Ensure that this includes contact details both during and outside of business hours, a plan of the site with the location of spill kits and drains and also an inventory of what is stored on site and where.
Eliminating Spillage with Dry Break Couplings
We hope the above has given some pointers as to how to avoid spillages – and deal with them in the event that they should occur in the workplace.
At Smartflow Couplings, our aim and vision is to eradicate spillage in the industry completely. Since 2015, our engineers have been at the very forefront in the development of speciality dry break couplings for fluid transfer. Older systems invariably incur some spillage. Our couplings are the latter-day solution to all liquid transfer processes and help to minimise the risk of spillage due to how they function. Couplings range in size from 1” to 4” in diameter making them suitable for use on smaller chemical hose lines (such as those used in IBC applications) right through to offshore Oil and Gas or marine bunkering applications where high flow rates and pressures are paramount. Couplings operate on an effortless 1/3 turn and lock system which, when in place, simply and safely opens the transfer flow. The coupling is then simply turned in reverse to unlock and shut off the flow when transfer is complete with no spillage whatsoever.
Our couplings are designed to the highest specification with quality of materials a top priority. The simplicity of design and our modern manufacturing techniques mean our couplings are extremely cost efficient. Not only that, they are interchangeable with other dry break couplings conforming to TEAM SPEC and NATO STANAG 3756 standards already on the market.
With spillage during the transfer process reduced, our dry break couplings present a huge benefit to process industries right across the sector: oil and gas, petrochemical, food and drink, road and rail or marine.
To name but a few of these benefits:
- Health risks to employees no longer exist.
- Cutting out waste from spillages – even just a few drops per transfer – has a huge impact on a company’s finances over time.
- Costs previously incurred in expensive clean-up operations where spillage has occurred are a thing of the past
- The environment is now completely protected from any knock-on effects of spillage.
Whilst dry break couplings are our speciality, our in-house design team here at Smartflow Couplings is also on hand to explore any specific engineering requirements you may have pertaining to your company.
For an informal conversation on how we can help, please contact us today.
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