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4 Steps to Finding the Right Spill Pallet

Current regulation stipulates that containers of oil and fuel cannot be stored outside unless used with 'secondary containment,' such as spill pallets and drip trays (Oil Storage Regulations 2001). If one of your containers leaks, any escaped material will be contained within the spill pallet. Secondary containment items should be able to hold 110% of the maximum capacity of the largest tank or drum.

You are also required to use spill pallets when storing and transferring substances that are hazardous to water to reduce pollution risks to land, surface water, and groundwater.

Another critical point about spill pallets is they allow you to meet your health and safety obligations as an employer by reducing slip and trip risks from leaks and spills. Our expert range of spill containment solutions helps maintain safe and clean working environments that comply with Canadian legislation.


As the manufacturer and supplier of the CA's most extensive range of spill pallets, we understand the importance of choosing the proper storage and handling solutions for your business. To make the decision-making process more accessible for our customers. The experts at DENIOS have created this helpful guide for selecting spill pallets.

Read on and find out how to choose the right spill pallet for your business...

1. The materials you are storing

The materials you work with will dictate the type of spill pallet you need. Before making your purchase, ensure any spill pallets have the necessary level of resistance to whatever materials you plan on using with the pallet.

To store water-polluting, flammable substances such as oils and lacquers - steel spill pallets should be used. These are available in both galvanized and painted versions.

To store aggressive chemicals such as acids and alkalis - stainless steel or plastic spill pallets should be used.

Plastic Spill Pallets

For water-polluting and aggressive substances such as acids and alkalis.

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Galvanized Steel Spill Pallets

This is especially indicated for use outdoors and in humid or corrosive environments.

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Steel Spill Pallets

For particularly aggressive, Oil, flammable chemicals, and water-polluting liquids.

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Media Resistance List

When identifying which spill pallet type is suitable for the materials you are using, it's best practice to consult the safety data sheets for the materials. Within these, you will find all the relevant information regarding the safe storage and transport of your materials.

To help you determine which spill pallet is most suitable for your needs, we've compiled a media resistance list covering a wide variety of storage media.

For many chemical substances, spill pallets made of steel (1.0038) can be used, for corrosive substances such as acids and alkalis, spill pallets made of polyethylene or stainless steel are required.

Chemical stored Concentration Steel 1), 4) S-Steel 2) Galvanized-Steel 3) Poly - PE / HDPE 4)
Acetaldehyde ≤ 40 %
Acetaldehyde max. poss
Acetic acid <5%
Aircraft turbine fuel
Ammonium hydroxide ≤ 30 %
Ammonium hydroxide 1.8%
Ammonium nitrate saturated Not recommended
Ammonium solution
Anti-freeze (car)
Battery acid ≤ 78%
Benzoic acid
Bio Diesel
Boric acid ≤ 10% Not recommended
Brake fluid
Butanol max. poss.
Calcium acetate aqueous
Calcium chlorate, aqueous solution ≤ 65%
Calcium hydroxide Not recommended
Calcium hypochlorite saturated Not recommended
Chloroacetic acid ≤ 50%
Chloric acid ≤ 20% Not recommended ✓, 5)
Chromic acid ≤ 20% ✓, 5)
Citric acid ✓, 5) Citric acid
Crude oil
Dichlorethylene max. poss.
Diesel fuel
Ferric (II) sulphate saturated
Ferric (III) chloride saturated
Ferric (III) sulphate saturated
Ethyl acetate
Ethyl chloride
Ethyl glycol
Gearbox oil
Glycolic acid ≤ 70%
Heating oil
Hydrazine ≤ 10%
Hydrazine hydrate aqueous
Hydrochloric acid > 37% ✓, 5) ✓, 5)
Hydrogen peroxide ≤ 95% ✓, 5)
Isobutyl ether
Isobutyl acetate
Isobutyl chloride
Chemical stored Concentration Steel 1), 4) S-Steel2) Galvanized-Steel2) Poly - PE / HDPE 3)
Isopropyl alcohol (Isopropanol)
Magnesium carbonate saturated
Magnesium chloride aqueous Not recommended
Magnesium nitrate saturated
Magnesium sulfate
Menthol solid
Methyl acetate
Methyl acrylate
Methyl chloride
Motor fuel
Nitric acid ≤ 10%
Oleic acid max. poss.
Petroleum max. poss.
Phenol 100%
Phosphoric acid ≤ 95% Not recommended
Potassium carbonate depth of corrosion ≤ 0.050 inches / year
Potassium chlorate
Potassium chloride aqueous 1.8% / 70˚F (21˚C) depth of corrosion ≤ 0.050 inches / year
Potassium chloride ≤ saturated sol. / 70˚F (21˚C) depth of corrosion ≤ 0.050 inches / year
Potassium hydroxide, aqueous sol. 50% Not recommended
Potassium nitrate 50% Not recommended
Potassium nitrate ≤ saturated sol. Not recommended
Potassium phosphate ≤ saturated sol.
Potassium sulphate ≤ saturated sol.
Salicylic acid saturated
Silicic acid
Sodium acetate
Sodium bisulphate
Sodium bisulphide aqueous
Sodium carbonate
Sodium chloride
Sodium hydrogen sulphate ≤ GL
Sodium hydrogen sulphide ≤ GL
Sodium hydroxide
Sodium sulphate
Sodium sulphide ≤ GL
Sodium hypochlorite ✓, 5) ✓, 5)
Spirits of turpentine
Sulphuric acid ≤ 80%
Sulphuric acid 95%
Sulphurous acid saturated
Toluene 70˚F (21˚C)
Uric acid

1) Painted (WN 1.0038) or galvanized (1.0242) steel
2) Stainless steel 1.4301 (V2A)
3) Polyethylene (PE)
4) Galvanized sump pallets are not suitable for the storage of the following liquids: organic and inorganic acids, sodium bicarbonate, caustic potassium carbonate solution as well as other alkali hydroxides, chlorinated hydrocarbons, amine, nitro compounds, acid chlorides, and other chlorides, phenol, aqueous alkaline solutions, nitrile.

2. The importance of collection volume

As previously mentioned, spill pallets must hold 110% of the maximum capacity of the largest tank or drum. This is a legal requirement when storing certain hazardous substances outside and good practice in general when dealing with hazardous substances in any industrial setting.

Please bear in mind that the weight of your materials will affect which spill pallet is appropriate for your needs. Spill pallets have a maximum load capacity that should not be exceeded.

A wide range of storage solutions are available for the safe containment of spills and leaks. You may also want to consider spill decking and containment racking if you are looking to bundle whole areas, or it may be more suitable to use spill trays and pallets if you only need to bundle individual 60 and 205-litre drums and IBCs.

Storing large quantities?

You may also need a specially designed hazardous materials store to store large quantities of dangerous substances. We offer various standard and advanced solutions tailored to customers' budgets and requirements.

Contact us now to discuss how we can help you with your storage requirements.

3. Additional functions should be fulfilled

Spill pallets must be able to meet different requirements - depending on the intended use. Spill pallets for easy storage are often already equipped with a foot construction or integrated fork pockets that facilitate transport by a forklift on the factory premises. If the spill pallet is to be transported particularly frequently, mobile spill pallets specially developed for this application are recommended. Filling work on stored goods can be carried out exceptionally effectively with a dispensing station. Spillage deckings protect larger areas from penetrating hazardous liquids into the groundwater. These floor elements (flat trays) are ideal for safely lining entire rooms thanks to a wide range of accessories, from edge fixings to drive-on ramps.

4. Spill Pallets can be equipped with these practical features

DENIOS offers a wide range of accessories with which you can make handling hazardous substances and equipment in the event of leakage in your spill pallet even more comfortable and safe. To react quickly in the event of a leak, we recommend equipping your spill pallet with the SpillGuard® hazardous substance leakage warning system. The compact SpillGuard®, suitable for any spill pallet, can be activated simply by pressing a button and warns in case of a leak for at least 24 hours with an acoustic and an optical signal. In handling, we recommend practical drum lifters or drive-on ramps. Get an overview here.

We are happy to advise you!

Whether on the phone, via e-mail or in person at your premises - we are happy to help and advise you. Get in touch with us.

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