When Do Bunding Systems Become a Necessity for Your Facilities?

Posted on Sep 1 2017 - 1:00am by Ceybizlanka

Two workers in hazmat suits examining the spill

A bunding system serves as a barrier for retaining liquids. Specifically, it is part of a containment system for any spillage or leaks. But when does it become necessary for your facilities? When does a portable bund come in handy for your tanks?

Safety Precaution for Unintended Spills

The question about bunding systems shouldn’t be about the right time to have one. Rather, it should be about which system is right for your facility.

A bund is a safety precaution for unintended spills; facilities would do well to have one even before operations start. It minimises the consequences of oil or chemical spillage and leaks. It is also useful for fire protection and product recovery.

For this reason, it is wise to invest in high-quality systems that use durable materials resistant to rust and corrosion. Of course, the type of bunding depends on the risk level—pertaining to the type of oil or chemical you store and to the sensitivity of the environment—as well as on the type of facility or drainage you have.

Efficient Tool for Competent Employees

Facilities that handle chemical, pesticide and petroleum storage must have bunding systems; so should facilities that transfer stored liquids. Additionally, facilities that handle electrical transformers and capacitors should have a bunding system as a contribution to the safe handling of PCBs.

With that said, your employees would find that the system is an efficient tool in minimising leaks and spillage within the facility. The bunding system cannot do all the work, though. Your employees should know how to operate it properly.

As such, instruct your employees on regular inspections, preventive maintenance and other standard operating procedures involving the bunding system. Make sure they know how to handle spillage-related on-site and off-site incidents. This way, you can ensure safe work processes within the facility.

A bund serves as a safety precaution for unintended spills. Your competent employees use it for support during spillage or leakage. Having one ready at all times is necessary.