Prevention of oil spills has as much to do with operational procedures as it does with modern technology and equipment. Following appropriate protocols, as well as maintenance procedures, ensures the safe operation of equipment, aiding in the goal to prevent spills from ever occurring.
Extensive steps are in place to ensure that operators follow safe operating procedures. Specific Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC) outline an operator’s prevention procedures and are required by the EPA. Best practices are shared across industry to highlight common general prevention measures and share case studies. Maintenance procedures require regular testing and inspection of both processes and equipment.
Ensuring process safety minimizes the risk of a spill and protects the health and safety of people and the environment. Operational and maintenance procedures are both encouraged and mandated across industry. Prevention, however, is not just the job of industry; consumers also play an important role in keeping oil and other fuels out of the environment by observing proper handling and disposal practices.