On-Site Fuel Storage

by Anne on March 19, 2015

It’s likely you need to have some kind of fuel storage onsite, whether it’s a mobile bowser or a stationary tank, you will need to make some kind of risk assessment when deciding where to keep it.

First of all, it needs to be easily accessible for refueling machines so it’s less likely an accident caused by awkward maneuvering will occur. Somewhere away from the main site traffic routes, public eye and drains is ideal, it’s a good idea to have a dedicated refueling area if you can.

Ok, so you’ve found the safest place you can feasibly put it, chances are your site is quite busy and there’s still a chance it could be hit or vandalised. If there is still a risk of collisions, have you thought about putting it into a bund? The costs of creating a bund can be a bit off putting as it’s recommended you use substantial materials such as reinforced concrete, but this is cheaper than cleaning up a spill, should one occur.  Check out our blog on sizing a bund - http://blog.soilutions.co.uk/2014/01/17/designing-your-walled-tank-bund/

Prevention is king so make sure you keep up maintenance on any long-term fuel tanks and always use a drip tray when refueling.

Tank Maintenance is king, note the staining on the gravel.

Tank Maintenance is king, note the staining on the gravel.

It’s important to have a spill kit situated close to the tank, so should a spill occur you can quickly stop it spreading. It’s most important to stop up any routes to water receptors, by putting drain mats over drain covers, socks to stop oil spreading and granules or absorbent mats to absorb as much free product as possible.  The used absorbents can then be disposed of at a licensed facility.

If you do have a spill onsite, call us in to clear up the aftermath!

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International Year of Soils 2015

by Andy on March 13, 2015

Bringing soil to the forefront

Bringing soil to the forefront

 

Just a quick blog to help raise some awareness for Soil. Yep thats right, soil!

The UN assembly has declared 2015 as being the International Year of Soils. A hugely important resource that is easily forgotten about. The aim is to increase awareness and the importance of soil to ourselves and the ecosystem. When you really start to look at the importance soil plays in our lives, it is staggering. Massively vital for food production, filters and stores water, plays a key role in the carbon cycle adapting to and even fighting climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide. Without it we wouldn’t have medicines and fuels.

As it stands there is an estimated 33% of soils facing degradation and with our ever increasing global population and over farming its time to start waking up and “smell the roses” (which lets face it wouldn’t exist without soil) We can no longer take soil for granted and need to reverse the degradation, practice sustainable soil management, stop food waste, prevent pollution and avoid burying nutrient rich soils.

There is plenty happening around the world and on social media relating to this and its certainly worth spending sometime learning what can be done.

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Japanese Knotweed Stem Injection

March 9, 2015

  Stem injection is a method of applying herbicide which, as you might guess from the name, involves injecting a concentrated dose of systemic herbicide (usually Glyphosate based) directly into the stem of the plant.  This is done either by cutting the stem and injecting into the resultant well or using an injector fitted with a […]

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Invasive Species Special Control Orders

February 18, 2015

The war (and legislation) on invasive species is definitely hotting up. Last year we had the distinct possibility of landowners not controlling the spread of invasive plants from their property onto neighbouring land being either criminally convicted, fined or issued an ASBO. Now the local councils have been granted the powers to access private land, without the permission […]

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How do I recognise Lyme disease?

February 16, 2015

A little known risk is of working in the great outdoors is Lyme disease.  Anything which can be done to increase awareness of this nasty condition is worthwhile and since we’ve been doing a bit of work in moderately high risk areas recently it seemed like a good idea to write a post about it. Lyme disease is a bacterial […]

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Emergency Oil Spill Clean-Up!

February 4, 2015

These are just a few handy tips when you are dealing with a sudden release of oil from your tank. First of all, is it safe? If it’s not, i.e. big pools of oil, or vapours making you dizzy or ill, remove yourself and call an emergency spill responder. If it is safe, stop the […]

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Japanese Knotweed ASBO follow on

January 13, 2015

A quick follow on to John’s blog on Japanese Knotweed anti-social behaviour orders. There’s been quite a lot of chatter within social media regarding the government bringing in ASBOS’s for failure to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species such as Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam. Besides the rather large fines that […]

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Soilutions pick up the Circular Economy 2014 VIBES Award

January 9, 2015

Ok, so we don’t often ‘blow our own trumpet’ but as we thought you might like to know that we were proudly recognised as champions of business sustainability at the 15th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards for the Circular Economy award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland. The VIBES Awards […]

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Oil Tank Maintenance

January 8, 2015

I’m not suggesting you become a registered technician in the field, but regular checks could save you having to call us out to deal with an untimely oil leak- oil leaks are always untimely. It’s important your oil tank is situated on a level base capable of supporting the weight of the tank when it’s […]

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Weed Wiping

December 17, 2014

As the name suggests weed wiping is quite literally wiping weeds. The apparatus shown above is filled with a concentrated dose of herbicide. The chemical saturates the rope attached at the bottom of the wiper allowing the operator to apply directly to the target weed. Simple to use, however training and appropriate PPE are still required. […]

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