Pollution incidents caused by accidental spills occur every day and sometimes the pollutants put human health at risk or cause environmental damage.

However this can be avoided with careful planning to reduce the risk and by taking precautions for dealing with any spillages. One litre of solvent is enough to contaminate 100,000,000 litres of drinking water (equivalent to approximately 50 Olympic sized swimming pools). A small amount of oil causes a large problem. Five litres of oil can cover an area of water the size of two football pitches.

Many industrial and commercial sites have the potential to damage our natural environment and Arco, the safety company, has launched its own ‘Expert Guide for Environmental Management’ to help businesses reduce the risk. Following the guidelines and ensuring that fluids are stored safely and the products and processes are in place to manage any spills, reduces the chance of pollution, and makes good business sense. The range of products available from Arco include absorbents and spill kits from the Ecospill Elite and Ecospill Sustainable brands, as well as an Arco own brand range of pads, booms, sheets and hazard waste bags to provide a cost-effective and immediate solution to spills. Through ARC Safety Service, Arco can also deliver a range of spill response training courses from a basic level through to a certified advance course and a ‘Train the Trainer’ module. Arco also offers site surveys, management of spill kits and spill response training and can guide businesses to achieve compliance with regulations and maintain a safe and environmentally responsible site.

With oil storage regulations now a legal requirement in England and Scotland and companies in Wales and Ireland bound by a duty of care in terms of pollution and the ­environment, Arco has a range of storage and containment products to ensure that hazardous liquid containers are stored, labelled and maintained correctly and securely. The Expert Guide for Environmental Management offers guidance on the latest oil storage regulations so that customers are fully aware of their legal and moral obligations.


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