How Herbicide Spills Happen

When working with herbicides, it’s always important to understand the potential for an accident and how best to prevent one. There are several ways that a herbicide spill can occur:

 
  • Leaking containers - Storage containers may leak when they are of inferior quality, stored for too long or subjected to extreme temperatures.
  • Spills while mixing in the field - When vegetation management professionals mix herbicides, they can sometimes make mistakes or have accidents, even when following all safety protocols.
  • Overfilling a tank - Adding herbicides to a tank requires the utmost attention and safety precautions. Not paying attention even for a brief moment can result in an overfilled tank.
  • Improperly rinsed containers - A container that is believed to be empty may leak small amounts of residual herbicide if it has not been triple-rinsed and emptied properly.
  • Material Handling - Stacked containers in storage are vulnerable to being accidentally hit and knocked over by material handling equipment. Poor stacking procedures can also result in containers falling and rupturing.

Consequences of a Herbicide Spill

There is a reason that federal and state laws prohibit using a herbicide in a manner inconsistent with its label. Herbicides can cause serious harm when used incorrectly or in the event of an accidental spill.

 
  • Personnel could sustain injuries such as burns or eye damage.
  • Even in the area where it is intended to be used, a large quantity of a herbicide may contaminate the soil or affect vegetation beyond what is intended.
  • Spilled herbicides can leach into groundwater. High rainfall or coarse soil increase the risk.
  • Spilled herbicides can harm wildlife.
  • A herbicide may contaminate equipment, which may.transfer it elsewhere causing unintended consequences.
 

Keep in mind that improper container disposal can often lead to costly fines from the EPA.

Safety Training

Any company that uses industrial herbicides should establish clear guidelines for storing, mixing, transporting and disposing of herbicides, as well as protocols for spills. For example, require personnel to wear appropriate PPE. 

 

Another guideline is to triple rinse empty containers immediately. Dispose of or recycle containers according to label instructions and never reuse them without having done so.

 

At Eco-Pak our entire custom herbicide blending process revolves around safety. Eco-Pak reduces the risk of user error and potential EPA fines. 

How Pre-Blending Prevents Contamination

Eco-Pak eliminates the risk of spills or leaks by pre-blending and packaging standard and custom herbicides in returnable, reusable packaging.

 

Ordering custom herbicide blends eliminates the need for most mixing and reduces the likelihood of exposure for workers.

 

Mixing in a warehouse or at the job site increases the risk of a spill, which— in addition to the hazards listed above — wastes money. Mixing on site usually means buying more of some components than is needed. Leftover product must then be stored or safely discarded, at an added expense.

 

Order herbicides in returnable/refillable containers ranging from 15 to 350 gallons. These returnable containers use the closed-loop Micro Matic system to maximize safety and efficiency while transferring from containers to tanks. 

 

Returnable containers do not require container disposal or triple rinsing; just return them to Eco-Pak and avoid landfills.


Our state-of-the-art plants use the latest technology to ensure that your orders are filled and packaged to your exact specifications. We can fill orders as small as 60 gallons to cater to your small-volume needs.