Drums can be an integral part of conducting business
Drums can be an integral part of conducting business operations for some companies, whether they are used for storing chemicals needed for operations or they are an element of waste disposal. Any time you're storing hazardous materials in drums on-site, even if only temporarily, there are risks you'll need to mitigate as a responsible business owner and stay in compliance with federal and state regulations.
As a result, you could find yourself in need of a variety of accessories designed to ensure safe handling and storage of drums and the materials they contain. It is your duty to ensure the safety of employees, facilities, and even the environment.
Whether you're running a manufacturing plant, managing construction sites or mining operations, or otherwise dealing with potentially hazardous materials stored in drums, here are a few accessories that could benefit any worksite.
When dealing with hazardous materials, even sealed in drums, it is essential to provide appropriate secondary containment measures. HazMat stations are going to offer the greatest possible protection for workers and surrounding areas.
These containment units are designed to store anywhere from two to several drums, and possibly smaller containers and equipment, as well. They generally open on two sides (front and top) for loading, unloading, and access to drum tops for pump mounting.
HazMat stations also come with sumps for spill containment and many offer passive venting, as well, meeting all of your secondary containment needs and helping you to comply with regulations concerning proper storage of hazardous materials.
Spill Pallets, Decks, and Sumps
Not all steel drums will require the use of HazMat stations. In some cases, storage on appropriate platforms will suffice. In fact, this is likely preferable if you deal with a large volume of drums.
Several products could fill your need for secondary containment measures and drum storage. Spill pallets, spill decks, and sumps all perform roughly the same function. They are all designed to provide a sturdy platform fordrum storage, as well as measures to stop spillage from contaminating facilities, seeping into soil, or creating a hazard to employees.
Cabinets and Racks
If space in your facility is limited, it behooves you to take advantage of both horizontal and vertical storage space. When it comes to storing drums containing hazardous materials, you obviously can't safely stack them one atop the other - this could lead to accidents and spills, as well as limiting access to drums.
This is where suitable storage racks are ideal. In addition, you might be interested in limiting access to drums. You don't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry getting into hazardous chemicals. Appropriate storage cabinets offer you the ability to store drums under lock and key.
Drum Handling Equipment
When working with drums, there are several activities you should be prepared for, such as moving them from place to place, pumping contents in or out, mixing contents, and so on. You must be prepared to perform any and all tasks safely and in compliance with regulations.
Having proper equipment on hand to complete all of these tasks is an essential part of running a safe operation. You may need accessories like pumps, mixers, funnels, faucets, carts, dollies, and lifters, as well as grounding cables, drum openers, and level indicators.
It's not like you're going to have workers lift and carry drums or pour the contents manually. With the right equipment for handling drums you can ensure the highest level of safety and keep mishaps to a minimum.
Drums themselves can become soiled when leaks or spills occur, but at some point you may also need to clean a drum or tote stand, eliminate overflow in sumps, or mop up spills in and around drum storage areas. It's not like a bottle of 409 and a washcloth will help you here.
You might need surface cleaning tools, wash tables, and proper absorbent materials to clean up chemical spills. These products are designed specifically for use with hazardous chemicals that are often stored in drums.
Naturally, you'll also need proper disposal options when cleaning up spills, which means appropriate disposal containers for excess chemical spillage and/or rolls, socks, pillows, and pads used to sop up liquids. Don't forget to include proper safety gear for those doing the cleaning, including goggles, gloves, HazMat suits, and masks, if necessary.