Catch basins are an important safety measure when working with liquid substances that are hazardous to waters or flammable materials. Catch basin types vary according to the relevant application.
General information on catch basins
Catch basins facilitate safe handling of hazardous materials in mobile containers. They collect hazardous materials securely, thus preventing such substances from entering the waterways or draining into the ground. For this purpose, the catch basins must be liquid-tight and able to accommodate the weight and volume of the relevant material.
If the hazardous materials in question are acids, alkalis, oils or other aggressive substances, the material of the catch basin must be suitably resilient. This is particularly the case with plastic catch basins. Catch basins are generally made from plastic, such as polyethylene or glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP), or (stainless) steel.
Catch basin types
In addition to their material composition, catch basins also differ in terms of their shape. Most steel or plastic basins are rectangular. They accommodate small containers or drums and are available with different catch volumes. Catch basins are available with and without grids. Stackable catch basins can be stored one inside the other. These basins have a conical shape. Catch basins with a splash guard wall offer additional safety when draining and filling as well as when cleaning oil-covered parts.
Catch basins for pallets are a particularly useful solution. They are designed to fit Euro or chemical pallets and can thus be moved with ease. This makes them ideal for flexible, mobile storage. Catch basins with castors and handlebars or also available for mobile use.
Steel flat basins offer a particularly high catch volume. They are highly flexible and boast generous capacities. They are easily accessible and characterised by their cost-effective installation. Reliable floor protection can thus be created with utmost speed and simplicity. Multiple flat basins can be joined together and fixed in place. Basin connectors ensure that liquids flow into the flat basins instead of leaking out between the individual elements. Ramps are also available for ease of access to the flat basins,e.g. with a forklift or pallet truck.
Catch basins for drum racks or filling stations
Catch basins are not only available as individual elements, but can also be purchased in combination with dispensing or filling stations as well as with racks.
Dispensing stations enable precision dosing of the liquids via a tilt arm and ensure that the container is held securely in place. The catch basin serves as a safety measure by collecting any liquid that may escape.
Filling stations make light work of storing canisters and drums in accordance with regulations and filling liquids both safely and securely. The catch basin effectively prevents any liquid from leaking onto the floor. In the case of drum racks, the catch basin again serves as a safety measure and is placed under the rack. The catch basin can be used both with and without a grid.
Shelf and suspended troughs
With shelf and suspended troughs, pallet racks can be retrofitted to enable regulation-compliant storage of hazardous materials. Shelf troughs are positioned below the rack, while suspended troughs are mounted within the rack itself.
Pallet racks with catch basins meet the legal requirements of the following regulations: Federal Water Act (Wasserhaushaltsgesetz – WHG), Ordinance on Installations for the Handling of Substances Hazardous to Water (Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen – VAwS), Technical Rules for Flammable Liquids (Technische Regeln für brennbare Flüssigkeiten – TRbF) and Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (Technische Regeln für Gefahrstoffe – TRGS).