Spills are always a risk when managing, transporting or working with oil. Having robust prevention and mitigation plans is the best way to preserve the environment, protect military personnel and meet regulations.
Oil containment for military applications requires first anticipating all possibilities for leaks and spills. Note where and how your organization uses oils like gasoline and diesel to identify potential vulnerabilities, then consider the best containment method to accommodate the work site’s location.
An oil spill response plan will help you maintain compliance, minimize workplace hazards and reduce overall waste.
Research has shown that the U.S. military is one of the largest sources of climate pollution due to the amount of liquid fuels and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions produced — a thorough oil containment plan can help. Many facilities that deal with oil are required to meet Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, which are overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means you’re responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing a plan that works to prevent and clean up oil spills. Failure to do so could result in fines and other legal penalties. Additional local and federal requirements may apply, depending on where you operate.
SPCC and similar regulations work to prevent oil from damaging land and water environments. Even small oil spills have short-term and long-term effects on entire ecosystems through fouling and oil toxicity. Fouling happens when the oil itself harms wildlife, while toxicity refers to the oil’s various compounds causing serious health problems from internal and external exposure. In many cases, oil exposure results in plant and animal death. Habitats are also at risk of losing migration patterns and food and water sources. These effects aren’t easily remedied, and health and environmental impacts could last decades.
Oil spills also change the environment where they occur through pollution and coastal and shoreline erosion. This ultimately affects how communities can engage with the land or waterway. For example, they could lose the ability to hunt or fish in the polluted area, impacting local and commercial food supplies. Local economies may also suffer the financial damage of closed recreational beaches or parks.
Oil can cause much damage in the workplace when not contained, including:
A containment system can help you prevent these risks and meet all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines if they apply to your operations.
The world consumed over 97 million barrels of oil daily in 2022, and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency reported purchasing 84 million barrels of oil in the same year. In the United States, primary uses for this oil include:
Approximately 15,000 metric tons of oil was spilled from global tankers alone in 2022. Aside from the environmental and workplace repercussions, spills vastly cut into the supply needed to meet the country’s demands. Containment products help reduce oil waste and can alert you to more significant issues in your current equipment or processes.
For over 30 years, Solidification Products International, Inc. has provided government, municipal and military projects worldwide with hydrocarbon containment products to supplement and enhance your SPCC plan. We have an extensive inventory of oil containment solutions for military applications, including:
As a veteran-owned company and certified ISO:9001: 2015 manufacturer, Solidification Products International, Inc. is ready to assist your military organization with a new oil containment system design or retrofit our products to fit your existing system. Contact us today to get started or request a free prevention and containment consultation.