How Does a Manual Doorway Spill Barrier Limit Contamination?

how does a manual doorway spill barrier limit contamination

Every business could benefit from doorway spill barriers.

Believe it or not, nearly every business could benefit from doorway spill barriers. Spill barriers can not only be used in a safety capacity to stop harmful chemical leaks and contaminated sprinkler water from seeping out, but they could also prevent floodwater from entering a facility and causing damage in the event of heavy rain or other flooding situations.

Of course, some businesses are willing to bet that the risk of flooding is low enough to warrant foregoing this precaution.  However, for businesses that work with chemicals, spill barriers are a must. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both have rules and regulations related to chemical spills, as well as contaminated sprinkler water, and they include proper containment.

In the event of spills, fires, or other incidents that result in chemicals and contaminated sprinkler water being released, these substances must be contained so that they cannot go down drains, get into sewers, or seep into the environment in general. Doorway spill barrier systems are a suitable measure to comply with such regulations.

How does a manual doorway spill barrier work? How can it limit the risks of contamination? And why is it preferable to other options, such as automatic doorway spill barriers? Here are a few things your business needs to know.


How They Work

Manual doorway spill barriers can be placed inside or outside of doorways to keep contaminated water or spilled chemicals in until they can be properly cleaned up, or to keep floodwaters out and prevent contaminated waters from entering a facility.


Piers are anchored on either side of a doorway so that the spill barrier door can be lowered into them. These barriers come in a variety of standard sizes to fit nearly any doorway. Since they aren't placed inside the door frame, but rather inside or outside the doorway, they need only exceed the size of the opening to be effective.

Manual doors are often left in place at all times for the greatest possible safety, and removed only to accommodate the movement of workers or the transport of items through the portal these barriers protect. Then barriers are replaced and clamped down to ensure watertight protection.

This provides the best opportunity to ensure that chemical spills or contaminated sprinkler water are contained within a facility, in keeping with OSHA and EPA regulations, or alternately, that floodwaters are stopped from entering and causing potential harm to facilities and workers.


Resistance to Common Threats

Manual doorway spill barriers are specially designed for facilities that deal with hazardous chemicals and the potential for chemical spills, fires, and other forms of contamination that need to be contained for health and safety reasons. They meet these needs in a variety of ways.


First and foremost, they are water tight to prevent any leakage of chemicals or contaminated water. In addition, they feature materials, including gaskets, that are chemical resistant. Unlike other seals, they are not subject to chemical corrosion that could lead to leakage.

Finally, the materials and rigid design of these spill barriers is intended to withstand both extreme heat and cold. If a chemical spill results in combustion, manual doorway spill barriers will not succumb to fire, even if sprinklers are deployed and floating chemical fires occur. These products should be able to contain common threats, provided the volume doesn't exceed the height of the barrier.


Special Benefits

Many businesses are interested to know why they should choose manual doorway spill barriers over other options, such as automatic doorway spill barriers, or simply recessing flooring, for example. To start, manual doorway spill barriers can and should be used in conjunction with other safety precautions to limit contamination.


For example, manual doorway spill barriers can be used in low-traffic areas where workers rarely need to pass. In such areas, barriers can remain in place to ensure ongoing protection from spills and contamination. For high-traffic areas of the facility where it would be inconvenient to have to manually remove and replace a barrier, automatic doorway spill barriers may be preferable.

Why not just use automatic models throughout a facility? Simple - manual doorway spill barriers are less expensive. They are also a good alternative to having raised platforms in doorways (or recessed flooring) because they eliminate the need for ramps or berms. Manual doorway spill barriers can be an excellent addition to any facility looking to limit the threat of contamination, ensure the health and safety of workers, and comply with OSHA and EPA regulations.