Secondary Containment Trays — Perfect for Damage Control

What do you do if chemicals spill? Most containers are not truly spill proof, especially once they’re opened, so having a back-up is a good idea. And that’s where secondary containment trays can be the perfect solution.

 
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What exactly are secondary containment trays?

They are flat containers that form a secondary barrier so spills can’t escape and do damage.

Secondary containment trays are perfect for work areas where chemicals are used for their various purposes and maybe mixed with others. They can easily spill while being poured from one container into another.

So how to keep them from running off the surface onto the floor, where they can spread or be tracked by people stepping into any puddles they might form, Easy: just contain them in one place: in a secondary containment tray.

Why secondary and not primary?

Trays are not suitable as primary storage containers. For starters, they don’t have lids, so they themselves are highly spill prone. However, they’re great as a back-up. Since someone working with chemicals on a tray can see if there’s a spill, they can easily mop things up quickly, so a tray works just fine.

Also, if anyone should knock over an open container on the tray, the tray will contain the liquid and make it easy to mop it up.

What kinds of absorbents should be used?

There are a number of options, but one of the easiest ones to maneuver as well as one of the most cost-effective would be absorbent pads. They can be kept close by and can be quickly used to mop up any spills or leaks before they can become a problem.

Are those trays really big enough to contain serious spills?

You need to use good judgment of course. Trays do have a capacity from 5 gallons up, depending on size. They’re great for smaller jobs.

However, if you have a bigger job, secondary containment trays may not be enough, so you might want to use some of the larger pallets instead.

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