Spill Control Articles

  • Housekeeping at Work – Don’t Sweep It Under the Rug

    What’s at Stake? Housekeeping at work is about much more than cleaning windows and sweeping up dust bunnies. Poor housekeeping can cause injuries, slow down production, dampen morale, start fires and cause catastrophic explosions of combustible dusts. What’s the Danger? A messy workplace not only affects workers’ ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Chemical Spill Response Products & Procedures

    The current political and world climate has forced the Emergency Response Community to take a closer look at the number of potential hazards that they may be called upon to deal with. Of particular concerns are the response to terrorist and/or chemical incidents. Depending on the type of event, responders may be faced with a myriad of challenges and onsite dangers. With a chemical release, the ...


    By Fast-ACT

  • The Importance of Local Knowledge When Preparing an Oil Spill Response Plan

    What to Know About New OSRP Regulations What is an OSRP? Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRPs) have been required for many years for containers with a capacity of 42,000 gallons or more. The goal of these comprehensive ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Lamor & Arctia study effectiveness of oil spill response applications in ice

    Arctia Karhu Oy’s harbor icebreaker, Ahto, based out of Kemi in northern Finland, is participating in oil spill response research and development in the Gulf of Bothnia, between Ajos and Tornio, during the first week of February, 2016. The ice trials will test and examine the effectiveness of mechanical oil spill response operations in ice and the behavior of oil throughout ...


    By Lamor Corporation Ab

  • Warning! Beware stormwater product

    Warning! Beware of a storm water insert sold under the trade mark "Safe Drain".  This product holds water in the open position.  Standing water can present both odor and health issues.  In 2004, Cameron M. Colson patented a leading storm water drain insert that utilized a butterfly valve mounted inside the storm water insert that aided in spill control.  This Design was ...

  • Biosurfactant produced by a Rhodococcus erythropolis mutant as an oil spill response agent

    Biosurfactants have been considered as superior alternatives to currently used surfactants as they are generally more biodegradable, less toxic, and better at enhancing biodegradation. However, the application of biosurfactants is limited by the availability of economic biosurfactants and the corresponding producers that can work effectively. Hyperproducers generated by metabolic engineering ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • SAP (Superabsorbent Polymers) - case study

    Superabsorbers (SAP, superabsorbent polymers) are plastics, which are able to absorb 1000 times their own weight in liquid. The main areas of application are baby nappies as well as products for female hygiene and incontinence care. The task for AVA was to improve the existing SAP product quality, to increase the throughput of the overall plant, and to enable several process stages to be ...


    By AVA - Huep GmbH u. Co. KG

  • EHS support for a manufacturing facility closure – Case Study

    Challenge: Antea Group was retained to provide Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management services for an audio equipment manufacturer in support of closure of a large manufacturing facility in the Southeastern US. Solution: Duties included waste management inspections and shipping supervision, inspections of fire suppression equipment and petroleum ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • How to Handle the Aftermath of a Workplace Injury

    Accidents happen – it’s an unfortunate reality for many employees, who are susceptible to accidents at work, and employers, who often are monetarily liable for medical bills and reparations after the fact. While the proper precautions can significantly lessen the risks associated with workplace injuries, employers should be aware of the proper processes following an accident. To ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Application of the American Society of Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) New Skimmer Test Protocol

    Abstract The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee on skimmers recently adopted a standard methodology for measuring the nameplate capacity for a given skimmer system. Current industry practice allows manufacturers to label skimmers with a nameplate capacity that may bear little relationship to the ability of the skimmer, as a system, to recover oil. Manufacturers ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Development of an American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Stationary Skimmer Test Protocol - Phase 2 Development

    Abastract The development of a simple and inexpensive standard test protocol to determine a realistic nameplate capacity for oil skimmers is underway within the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM); however, there are differing opinions on how these tests should be conducted. A significant point of contention has been whether to test skimmers using oil only or using an oil layer ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Recent testing, training, and research conducted at Ohmsett - The national oil spill response research & renewable energy test facility

    Abstract Ohmsett, The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, plays a critical role in developing the most effective response technologies, as well as training first responders with the most realistic training available, enabling a rapid and efficient response to an actual spill. The facility provides a crucial intermediate step between small-scale bench ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Photo‐induced toxicity of Deepwater Horizon slick oil to blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) larvae

    The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill resulted in the accidental release of approximately 700 million L of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Photo‐induced toxicity after co‐exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is 1 mechanism by which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from oil spills may exert toxicity. Blue crab are an important commercial and ecological resource in the Gulf of Mexico, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • How To Avoid Penalties For Not Containing Spills

    "Chemical spills can cost your company millions of dollars not to mention the bad publicity that results from suffering a spill. Every business wants to avoid the possibility of an uncontained hazardous material spill if at all possible. To do this you need a spill containment system designed for the type of hazardous materials that your handle. Safe Drain ...

  • Rotork valve actuators at hub of automated flood alleviation scheme - Case Study

    Overview An extended scope contract performed by Rotork Site Services has successfully delivered full automation of a flood alleviation scheme protecting the historic town of Cardigan in West Wales. The project involved replacing unreliable actuators from another manufacturer, installing a PLC control cabinet and interfacing with the existing river level sensor and telemetry system. ...


    By Rotork

  • Oil Spill Technologies Heat Up

    The highly successful, widespread deployment of PyroBoom® fireboom for controlled burning in the Gulf represented a crowning achievement in a development journey spanning more than 30 years. The concept of burning spilled or leaked oil on the sea’s surface has been known for many years, offering an extremely effective way of reducing the spill by as much as 90 percent with minimal ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • Oil spills: are corporations responsible for protecting the environment? USA and Africa

    The purpose of this paper is to answer the following question: are corporations responsible for protecting the environment? In order to answer this question, this paper addresses the following topics: major oil spills, corporate social responsibility, corporate social irresponsibility, regulations, self-governance, protection of the environment, inequalities in the Niger Delta, and possible ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Inland oil spill clean up case study

    Introduction The essential strategy for inland spill clean up techniques should be containment, recovery and temporary storage. Secondary needs will include transportation and possible disposal - or recycling. It is important to discover the source of the spill which might not be straight forward. A steady slow seepage from a leaking disused oil storage tank may be very difficult ...

  • Offshore oil spill clean up case study

    In the event of a major incident occurring offshore, for example a tanker casualty running aground or breaking up for any reason, it is of paramount importance to deploy emergency response to protect and save human life. Once this has been done an assessment of the casualty should be made on whether it is possible to salvage the vessel and its contents and to assess the type and amount of oil ...

  • Variation in riparian consumer diet composition and differential bioaccumulation by prey influence the risk of exposure to elements from a recently remediated fly ash spill

    Emerging aquatic insects play a key role in transporting aquatic nutrients and contaminants to riparian consumers. However, little is known about how within and between year variation in the diet or patterns of element bioaccumulation in emerging insect taxa may influence the risk of exposure to wildlife. During two breeding seasons, we examined the composition of the diet of tree swallows ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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