What Is An Emergency Spill?
If your company stores, uses, or transports hazardous materials, the potential for an emergency spill is always a possibility.
Any incident involving the spill or release of hazardous chemicals or hazardous waste that requires the intervention of spill cleanup specialists to contain and remove the spilled material safely is an emergency response spill.
Unforeseen emergency spills can threaten employees, customers, and the general public. Emergency response spills often lead to serious business interruption, facility or environmental damage.
Does BELFOR Clean Up Hazardous Materials?
Emergency response spill services are the foundation of our business. BELFOR Environmental performs an average of 1,500 emergency spill projects each year.
We stabilize and clean up most land or water-borne:
- Chemical Spills
- Fuel/Petroleum Spills or Releases
- Hazardous Materials
Whether originating from highway incidents, train derailments, plane crashes, at-sea oil releases, or fixed facility accidents, our HAZMAT emergency response (ER) teams have the experience to mitigate damage while protecting client assets and the environment.
We have an on-call rotation program to ensure the team responding to your emergency is fresh and available at a moment’s notice. We rotate personnel on a 7-day schedule to maintain a team consisting of (at a minimum):
- One Response Manager
- One Chemist
- One Foreman
- One Equipment Operator
- Four Response Technicians
All are ready to immediately respond, stabilize and cleanup most any hazardous material spill. Our emergency response technicians receive extensive Spill Response Operations training so that they have specialized knowledge of hazardous materials, understand the risks involved and the personal protection equipment that is needed, and know the state or regional regulatory requirements. BELFOR Environmental is ready 365 days a year to quickly and safely stop the flow of an emergency spill, clean up any discharge, and protect our environment.
Is Special Equipment Required For An Emergency Spill?
It is important to have the appropriate safety equipment to handle any emergency spill.
At BELFOR Environmental, we maintain "pre-stocked" trucks and trailers that contain sufficient equipment and materials to support a crew of recovery technicians who stabilize and cleanup most chemical and petroleum spills. We also maintain an excess of support resources and backup equipment for larger spills or for peak demands.
Vehicles are equipped with supplied air respirators, air purifying respirators, chemical pumps, generators, containment boom, instrumentation, hand tools, splash suits, disposable coveralls, chemical gloves, deluge showers/eyewash stations, 85-gallon steel and poly overpack drums, 55-gallon and 15-gallon drums, sorbent materials, poly sheeting and an array of other cleanup tools and materials.
We maintain full capability for Level A, B and C personal protection in addition to containment and recovery equipment for water- borne and land spills of petroleum or hazardous chemicals – including boats, two types of containment booms (2,000 feet), mercury and HEPA vacuums, and confined space entry equipment. We maintain an excess of pumping capacity that includes high-volume Teflon-lined stainless steel diaphragm pumps (three-inch) for most solvents and corrosives as well as Kynar diaphragm pumps for materials incompatible with stainless steel.
For emergency spill response, call our emergency hotline at 1-800-930-0011.
BELFOR ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE
INTERSTATE 25 and HIGHWAY 119
Approximately 2,000 gallons of fuel were released into the intersection after a gasoline tanker overturned. BELFOR Environmental crews began drilling operations on the tanker and transferred the remaining product to another tanker within 4 days. Upon completion of the transfer, excavation began for grossly contaminated soil. Approximately 2,000 cubic yards of soil was removed for disposal.