Preventing pollution: preventing spills and leaks

Limiting spills and leaks from happening in the first place, and having measures in place to limit the damage if there is a spill or leak.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Do you immediately fix any obvious leaks or drafts?
  • Have you audited your processes to make sure your inputs and outputs add up?
  • Do you use water level controls and splash guards?
  • Have you considered installing overflow alarms?
  • Have you considered using secondary containment?

Canadian companies preventing pollution

The following examples come from Canadian companies that have reported to the National Pollutant Release Inventory:

  • a coating facility purchased chromic acid in solid flake form, thus eliminating the potential for spills of chromic acid
  • a fabricated metal manufacturer installed automatic shut-off valves and overflow alarms to ensure that spills are addressed
  • a primary metal manufacturer has implemented secondary containment within its operating facility leading to a reduction of waste generated by accidental releases
  • a chemical manufacturer updated and field-tested its product loading and handling standard operating procedures to reduce the risk of spills

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