The BASCO Advisor Says...

Know What You Need to Capture Spills, Leaks, and Drips

It's the law, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires containment systems to prevent spills or leaks that could escape into the environment or endanger personnel. Proper measures must be taken to control drips, leaks, spills and accumulated precipitation.

Take the Proper Precautions BASCO IBC Spill Tray

Sure, your drums and pails are solid and tight, and you're not expecting a problem. But accidents happen. Nobody wants spills or leaks to escape into the environment or endanger personnel.

What is Secondary Containment?

It is the means of capturing a spill, leak or drip from a package. Whether it's a pallet, tray, basin, or deck, all containment systems must have three basic design features to comply with EPA 40 CFR 264.175:

According to the EPA, they must be "leak-proof and sufficiently impervious to the liquid container to contain leaks, spills, and accumulated precipitation until the collected material is detected and removed."

  •  They must be "designed and operated to drain and remove liquids from the leak, spill, or precipitation, unless the containers are elevated or are otherwise protected from the accumulated liquid."

  • They must "have the capacity to contain 10% of the total volume of all containers stored, or 100% of the volume of the largest single container, whichever is greater."

How Much Secondary Containment Do You Need? 

Here's an example of the 10% / 100% rule: Suppose you have four 55 gallon drums to store. The rule states that you need containment capacity for 10% of the total stored (220 gallons) or 100% of the largest single container (55 gallons), whichever is greater. But remember, this is just the minimum. Consider what might happen in your plant if more than one drum emptied out!

First, Choose Proper Containers for the Liquids You Store and Use

BASCO 4 Drum Spill Containment Your first decision is to choose the right container, which is influenced by: What is being stored, the quantity, and whether it is hazardous.

Then consider the alternatives. For example, steel equipment, like our Model LP5151 Spill Platform, is strong and rugged. What's more, it's fire-resistant. It's great for indoor storage of liquids like oils, solvents, and coolants. But remember that point about "sufficiently impervious"? Whatever accumulates in the containment system must not damage or weaken it. So, corrosive liquids like acids and caustics demand an all-plastic unit, like our Model SP2330 Ultra Spill Deck or Model SP5400 Spill Pallet. Of course, you can use these units for the non-aggressive liquids, too. Chlorinated solvents are a special case. Our Model SP1232 Ultra Spill Pallet is made from specially treated polyethylene to resist chemicals that degrade regular polyethylene.

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Where Do You Need Secondary Containment?

Wherever you store or use liquids, even temporarily, secondary containment is required - storage rooms, warehouses, paint spray booths, parts cleaning stations, even under machinery.

Want To Store Your Drum Outside?

BASCO offers complete storage units for drums and pails with secondary containment built right in. For example, our Model SP1083 Storage Unit has a weatherproof, locking cover that protects the drums and the environment. It is forkliftable, too, so you can move the drums anywhere you need them with no in-between-handling.

You Might Have Some Planning To Do!

Certain facilities must prepare, amend, and implement Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans to address the potential for a discharge of oil. For more information, check out

Don't Forget Your Reporting Responsibility! BASCO Semi Truck Tank Spill 100 Gallon Pool

Regulated facilities must report discharges of oil or releases of hazardous substances to EPA and/or other federal, state, and local government agencies. You can find information about reporting requirements, exemptions from these requirements, and where to call in the event of a spill at:

At BASCO, You Get More Than You Pay For

Buying secondary containment gear is not unlike buying a parachute. You hope you never need it, but if you do, it has to be right. We can help. No matter what your product or package, BASCO will help you get the equipment you need. We have the largest selection of secondary containment equipment anywhere, combined with 67+ years of experience from the best trained and most knowledgeable customer service people in the industry. When you need Secondary Containment Equipment, get it Right... get it from BASCO!

Questions? We have a highly trained and courteous team of Customer Service Experts ready to help answer all your questions. Contact them at 1.800.776.3786, or email us here.