Containment assessments can take a variety of forms and be required for numerous reasons.
For example, they can be needed as part of a wider risk assessment, for environmental permitting, COMAH improvement actions, COMAH environmental risk assessment, ALARP demonstrations, or simply as a support document. They are always conducted in relation to primary (e.g., storage tanks), secondary (e.g., bunds), tertiary (e.g., drainage systems) and emergency containment (e.g., for firewater and foam).
Where do we fit in? By identifying any gaps in your current containment system, we can work with you to derive a pragmatic solution to ensure that all relevant regulations are met, as well as meeting best practice where reasonably practicable. We do this by conducting a gap analysis against best practice guidance, in particular the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) guide C736, ‘Containment systems for pollution control (2014)’, and other relevant Best Available Techniques guidance.
With the results of this analysis, we can conduct a more detailed containment assessment to understand your level of risk and ensure that you are managing it to an acceptable level.
Our solutions are always tailored to the needs and requirements of your site, and for each type of containment. This can include considerations such as the substances stored (e.g., oil/ petroleum products, fire water/foam, and chemicals), any potential limitations (e.g., physical space, product solubility and other properties), the types of receptors identified (e.g., groundwater, rivers); and the systems already in place (e.g., bunds, kerbing, and drainage systems).
By understanding the risks, the potential volumes to be realistically contained (including firewater), the pathways which liquid may take, and identifying any gaps or improvement opportunities, we can then work with you to derive a pragmatic and workable solution. This ensures that any of the measures you implement are beneficial, fit for purpose, work for your site, and meet all relevant requirements whilst providing additional barriers of protection for the environment.
We can also help you specify the design requirements (e.g., bund wall heights) for a new site installation or reconfiguration. By supporting you throughout the commissioning process and ensuring that all relevant guidance is met, we believe you get the added value of being an informed customer when you approach containment system suppliers/fabricators.