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Try as we may to avoid it, machinery is prone to deposit oil onto plant floors. That may be the result of whirring components that fling droplets about or rattling conveyor chains that shake oil free or an outright leak in a lubrication-containment or delivery system. By whatever method, it happens.
Regardless of its size and scope, oil on plant floors has the potential to be a safety hazard, an environmental hazard, a raw material contamination hazard, an impactor on finished-product quality, and a real eyesore for workers and site visitors. One leak can have legal- and compliance-related (OSHA, EPA, FDA, USDA) ramifications.
Socks and rolls soak up oil leaks from this industrial air compressor.
So what are you going to do about it? Contain and clean up the mess with absorbent products.
There are a host of sorbent products available to plant organizations. Use them in a singular or collaborative manner to address the specific drip/leak/spill issues that you are facing.
What follows is a refresher course on some of the sorbent/spill containment products that can help in your quest to be safe and productive as well as clean, lean and green.
Pads and rolls: Available in universal, oil-only and chemical models, these products (generally made from polypropylene fibers) can be used for almost any indoor, outdoor and/or hazardous material application. Place them around machinery, under leaky pipes or fittings, and in messy traffic areas.
Socks: These flexible tubes contain and absorb liquids. They mold around corners and conform to uneven surfaces to minimize the spill area and soak up the wayward fluid. A variety of types, sizes and wicking-material interiors are available.
Dikes: These interlocking solid polyurethane strips can contain or divert spills. They are made for confining deeper pools of liquid and larger flows.
Barrier spill matting: Needle-punched polypropylene fibers and a special backing allow this product to absorb oil, water or chemicals and prevent these fluids from penetrating through to the floor.
Loose granular: These multi-purpose absorbents are generally made from natural products such as corncob or sphagnum peat moss. Use them for spill clean-up and stabilization of free liquids.
Specialty products: These include sorbents pillows, drip pans, and drain covers and plugs.
• Kafko International, Ltd.
• New Pig
• SPC - A Brady Company