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Sulphuric Acid Emergency Spill Response Case Study

LCM Environmental’s 24-hour emergency spill response service is available nationwide.

The Task

 

In April 2022, the LCM Spill Response team received an urgent call to attend a highly secure site to clean up an emergency Sulphuric acid spill.

The spill was caused by a pump failure, leading to 100,000 litres of Sulphuric acid and water to fill up the bund and stay contained until our team arrived. Luckily, the tank was in an outside bunded area, and no vapour was built up on site.

As soon as our client found out about the spill, he contacted us on our Emergency Spill Response number: 0345 646 5452, where he was connected to one of our Spill Response project managers. Our team was instantly mobilised and arrived on site to evaluate the situation. Our client sent over the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) of the products to familiarise our team with the chemical.

Further to this, our team took full control of arranging the spill response by coordinating a team of responders and operating a jet vacuum unit. All health and safety procedures and paperwork were completed, and the documentation was sent over to our client to sign.

Fuel, oil, and chemical spillage is particularly dangerous to our clients, their reputation, and the environment – it could have a detrimental effect on a company’s image, as well as causing irrevocable harm to ground or water sites. It is essential that preventative steps are taken to mitigate the risk an emergency spill can inflict. Have a look at our 7 Steps for Responding to spillages below:

 


Scope of Work

Our Spill Response project manager, Grahame, arrived on site within an hour of receiving the call. His team followed suit and was at the site of the spill just 2.5hrs after the initial contact.

Grahame thoroughly debriefed his team on the nature of the chemical and the most appropriate course of action. All staff put on their chemical resistant suits to start pumping the liquid into IBC due to the pH level of the Sulphuric acid. The usual tankers that would collect the spill were steel-lined, and the acid would have affected their composure over time; hence, our team collected all liquid in IBCs – which were made of plastic and perfectly safe to use for this purpose.

As you can see on the image above, our team of spill response operators were in full gear and busy at work at this emergency spill response site. Operator 1 was at the bund stairs, with a chemically sealed diaphragm pump, sucking out the liquid from the containment. Operators 2&3 were at the IBCs, controlling the liquid levels and filling in the plastic containers with the sulphuric acid and water mixture.

 

Chemical resistant spill kits were used accordingly around the IBCs and the pump. The client keeps a range of spill response kits on site which are maintained by our project manager on a monthly basis to ensure our client stays compliant.

Most of the client’s onsite staff were trained to deal with small spills, but no major measures were undertaken as this one was on a bigger scale, and all contained within the bund. All spill management procedures occurred following the arrival of Grahame and his team of spill responders.


The Outcome

The Sulphuric acid spill was contained in IBCs, which were then stored outside of the bunded area. Our team placed chemical spill booms around the IBCs to mitigate the risk of any potential container leaks.

 

Once the bunded area was clear of all Sulphuric acid and water, the bund was hot jet washed. The interceptor was then checked for pH levels, and the client had the pumps replaced with new ones to prevent any further leaks and spills.

Based on the level of service the LCM Emergency Spill Response team has provided for our client they have now signed up for a 24-hour emergency spill response for all of their sites across the UK.

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In case of a spill, report it in the form here or call us on 0345 646 5452.