Choosing your retention container

Published on : 25 March 20203 min reading time

Companies and local authorities storing and handling products representing a risk of pollution in the event of possible leaks are obliged to use a suitable retention solution. In front of the multitude of references that we propose, it is sometimes difficult to make a choice.

This mini guide has been produced by our specialists to help you easily define the bin or platform that will be the most efficient for your use. A quick way to ask you the right questions before making your purchase.

For which products

The nature of the products that are stored allows you to define the material of the retention bin. Indeed, acid products, which are often corrosive, and oils or fuels, which are extremely flammable, are not stored in the same way.

– STEEL HOLDING TANK: if you store oils, petrol, paints, etc., non-corrosive products.

– HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) HOLDING TANK: for corrosive materials and liquids or strong bases.

For what use

On, you will find multiple solutions to all your problems like monitoring solution for iBC container, from mini tanks for laboratories to retention platforms. It is therefore important to define upstream the nature of what you are going to store, in what quantity and in what environment.

– Are your containers drums, IBCs?

– Is it simple storage or are you going to withdraw your liquids?

– Do you need to secure access to your products?

– Do you need a large retention surface: platforms and ramps?

– Is the storage area inside or outside?

– The quantity of drums to be stored and the frequency of handling

For what volume of retention

The retention volume is regulated by the decree of 19 May 2015 (modifying the decree of 4 October 2010) which governs the storage of polluting products, hydrocarbons and dangerous products. It must be defined according to the volume of your containers, the nature of the containers and the classification of your site.

What the law says:

The retention capacity of the bin will depend on the classification of your site: Classified facilities (the majority of companies), the volume is at least equal to the greater of the following two values :

  • 100% of the capacity of the largest tank
  • 50% of the total capacity of the associated reservoirs.

For the storage of containers with a unit capacity of 250 litres or less, the retention capacity shall be at least equal to:

– In the case of flammable liquids, with the exception of lubricants, 50 % of the total capacity of the drums

– In other cases, 20 % of the total capacity of the drums

– In all cases, 800 litres minimum or equal to the total capacity when this is less than 800 litres.

What accessories for your retention tank?

It is often useful to think about the accessories you will need to facilitate the handling and handling of the products stored on your retention bins. They can define the way in which you will arrange your bins and therefore intervene in their choice.

Custom-made retention bins

As our standard products are available in several volumes, dimensions and models (platforms, box boxes, mini-bins, basins, etc.), they cover most uses in all sectors (industries, garages, shops, warehouses, etc.).  But we also offer the custom manufacturing of your equipment dedicated to the retention of your hazardous products.  Do not hesitate to contact our technicians and engineers for your specific needs.

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