Bunded pallets are spill containment systems that are designed to catch any leaks or drips from the items stored on top. The item being stored or shipped sits on a platform under which lies a container to catch any escaping liquid. This type of pallet is typically used for transporting products such as oils and chemicals, where a leak could pose a threat to those working in the vicinity or to the environment. In these circumstances, it is important that any leaked liquid can be disposed of, rather than allowed to become a health and safety hazard.
Spill containment regulations
It isn't just good practice or common sense to use bunded pallets – in some shipments the use of a spill containment system is a legal requirement. Regulations vary according to what is being transported, and how dangerous it is deemed to be. Standards Australia provide guidelines for different circumstances, and some states have their own additional regulations. International requirements also vary and may require additional compliance.
Regulations vary according to what is being transported, and how dangerous it is deemed to be.
It's good practice to ensure that the bunded pallet selected can hold more than the total volume of the largest item stored on it. In theory, it is unlikely that every item on a given pallet should spring a leak at the same time. Therefore, a reasonable safety measure is that a spill containment system should be able to deal with a substantial amount of what is being transported. The material of the bunded crate must be resistant to the type of liquids being carried and evidence spill containment systems being available may be asked for.
Which industries should use bunded pallets?
Any liquid shipment can benefit from a bunded pallet. Spills and leaks can be a safety risk even when the materials contained are not in themselves dangerous. Bunded pallets are especially useful for:
- Oil shipments
- Hazardous chemicals
- Flammable materials
- Pharmaceutical liquids
- Food and beverage shipments
Types of bunded pallets available
At Eco Pallets, we have a wide range of spill containment pallets available, designed to hold up to four items. Our pallets are strong and sturdy, and comply with international spill containment regulations. They are made from high density polyethylene and are chemically resistant to minimise the chances of an issue during transportation. We can provide notched bunded pallets and those that work with forklifts and pallet jacks to make your transportation systems seamless.
Trying to understand how to be compliant when shipping liquids can be a complicated process. At Eco Pallets, our staff are experienced and will help you in purchasing the right type of pallet for your needs. Contact our friendly team today on 08 9353 3113 or send us an email.