It’s important to remember that different controlled wastes may require different procedures to reduce the potential for spills. That’s why BMT Asia’s SSHE team hooked up with our certified transporter to organize the annual Emergency Response to Transport Accidents event. It involved a mock scenario of a mercury waste spill during road transport.
This scenario reconstructed the scene of an accident that caused a trailer to slip onto its side on the road. A fire breaks out in the trailer’s fuel tank. In addition, the driver finds UN PE drums containing mercury waste that have fallen off the trailer and spilled. The aim of this training exercise was to explain to our transporter team the key factors involved in preparing for, responding to, and maintaining control during an emergency situation.
Most waste in the Oil & Gas industry contains, in addition to oil, different kinds of hydrocarbons. And these, in turn, contain mercury. This type of waste is classified as hazardous waste under the Basel Convention. That means they contain dangerous properties capable of having a harmful effect on human health. It’s essential that mercury waste is handled, collected, transported, and disposed of properly. Failure to do so could cause mercury to be released into the environment. It can also increase emissions.
BMT Mercury Technology (BMT) is the leading specialist in the field of treating all types of mercury-contaminated waste with operations in Australia, Thailand and the Netherlands. Over the years BMT has accumulated a wealth of experience in the treatment of mercury contaminated waste from the oil and gas industry. Global concern about the impact of mercury on the environment has led to increasing focus on handling mercury contaminated waste with the greatest care.
Contact BMT today to determine how we can support your organization’s requirements for developing end-to-end mercury and NORM management solutions.