Containment

If you are responsible for any oil storage you should be prepared for an accident, oil leak or spill. You need to know what to do.

 

Being prepared will reduce the chances of you having an incident that could cause pollution and damage your property. Keep an oil spill kit with sorbent materials (products that will soak up oil but not water) and leak sealing putty near your oil store so you can get to it quickly if you need it. Commercial and industrial spill kits may contain additional items, for example drain blockers, and large amounts of sorbents.

 

Dealing with an oil spill

If you discover an oil leak, or have a spill, you need to deal with it immediately. If you donメt you could cause a serious pollution incident and may have enforcement action taken against you.

 

Take action:

 

If you can safely stop the flow of oil do. If thereメs room, and you wonメt get oil on your skin, put a bucket under the leak and close valves or taps.

Use the contents of your spill kit, sandbags or earth to soak up the oil if itメs on a hard surface and stop it entering a river, stream, watercourse, and drains or soaking into the ground.

Never wash any spilt oil away into drains, a gully or into the ground. Most drains connect to the nearest watercourse and oil can cause serious pollution of rivers, streams and groundwater.

Never use detergents to clean up spilt oil; you could cause a worse pollution incident. The detergent itself is a pollutant and mixes oil into the water.

If you are responsible for any oil storage you should be prepared for an accident, oil leak or spill. You need to know what to do.

Being prepared will reduce the chances of you having an incident that could cause pollution and damage your property. Keep an oil spill kit with sorbent materials (products that will soak up oil but not water) and leak sealing putty near your oil store so you can get to it quickly if you need it. Commercial and industrial spill kits may contain additional items, for example drain blockers, and large amounts of sorbents.

Dealing with an oil spill
If you discover an oil leak, or have a spill, you need to deal with it immediately. If you donメt you could cause a serious pollution incident and may have enforcement action taken against you.

Take action:

If you can safely stop the flow of oil do. If thereメs room, and you wonメt get oil on your skin, put a bucket under the leak and close valves or taps.
Use the contents of your spill kit, sandbags or earth to soak up the oil if itメs on a hard surface and stop it entering a river, stream, watercourse, and drains or soaking into the ground.
Never wash any spilt oil away into drains, a gully or into the ground. Most drains connect to the nearest watercourse and oil can cause serious pollution of rivers, streams and groundwater.
Never use detergents to clean up spilt oil; you could cause a worse pollution incident. The detergent itself is a pollutant and mixes oil into the water.
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