Storing corrosive chemicals in your facility requires the utmost care and precaution. Corrosive liquids have an aggressive nature and when they leak or spill, the effects can be catastrophic. The chemicals are also dangerous to the environment and hazardous to personnel. It is, therefore, important to have adequate bunding in your facility to capture and retain any spilt corrosive chemicals.
Containment pallets or bunded pallets ensure the security and safety of hazardous liquids when they are being processed, handled or stored. If a spill or leakage occurs, the bunds will protect the surrounding area from contamination and mixing with other substances that may cause adverse chemical reactions.
Easier and safer clean up
Bunded pallets improve clean-up time when there are spills or leakage. As the spill is contained within the bunded pallet, you can approach the waste without walking through dangerous substances or risking damage to your skin and clothing. Additionally, you won’t need to use spill kits or any other absorbent materials to manage the spill.
Most importantly, the bunded pallets protect both workers and the environment from contact with the hazardous chemicals stored within the intermediate bulk containers (IBC) and the drums. Containing the spill within the bunded pallet prevents the overflow from contaminating other areas. Liquid substances spread quickly and having safety measures in place ensures the security of your facility and your workers.
Selecting Chemical Bunding
Bunds are made from a variety of different materials, steel and polyethylene being the most common. Many people think that a steel bund is superior because of the material, but this is not always the case. The effectiveness of a bund depends on your application and the environment in which the bund will be used.
The first factor to consider is the type of liquid that you will be storing on your spill bunds. If you have corrosive chemicals, opt for poly bunds. Poly bunds are produced from low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is the same material of the IBCs and drums that store the chemicals. This gives you the confidence that the bund is resistant to chemical spills and leakages. Poly bunds are also relatively cheaper than steel bunds because they are mass produced and moulded. They’re manufactured at a lower cost compared to steel bunds that are either welded, fabricated or coated.
Additionally, plastic bunds can be easily cleaned with little to no maintenance required. They’re also lightweight, which means that they’re available off the shelf for immediate delivery to your site.
On the other hand, steel bunds are ideal for storing IBC’s that contain combustible liquids such as oils because they have excellent fire resistance. If you want to transport chemical containers and drums, steel bunds are more efficient and safe to use rather than plastic pallets. The metal bunds are also used to move noncorrosive chemicals around on forklifts due to the material’s strength and robustness. They are not easily punctured by forklifts and have a supreme load carrying capacity.
Protect Your Workplace with IBC Bund Pallets from Containit Solutions
At Containit Solutions, we have an extensive range of heavy-duty IBC spill bunds to meet your storage needs. We supply both polyethylene and metal bunding that can hold up 1,250 litres. Our range of bunded pallets is suited for indoor and outdoor storage, offering you flexibility and protection from the elements.
For more information and enquiries, call us on 1300 603 110.