What does SPCC stand for?

SPCC stands for spill prevention, control, and countermeasure. It is a system designed to provide instructions to companies that work with large amounts of oil. One gallon of oil spilled into water can contaminate up to one million gallons of water, which is why it is so important to have the right processes in place. The main goal of SPCC is going to be to make sure that oil spills do not happen. In the event that one does occur, however, the processes contained in this system will provide guidelines for both containing and cleaning up the spill.

What is the SPCC rule?

There are many different types of oils on the market, and they won’t all have the same negative impact on the environment if spilled. SPCC is primarily focused on standard crude oil that most people are familiar with, but that is not all. These processes are also helpful for non-petroleum based oils, oil-containing products (including gasoline, diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, jet fuel, and more. Animal based oils and fats, vegetable oils, and others will also benefit from SPCC.

What is included in a SPCC plan?

An SPCC plan has a lot of useful information that can help a company to be able to use oil products safely. Each company will need to make a plan for how their facility will manage the use of oil based items. The following are some of the most important things that will be found in a SPCC plan:

  • Information about the facility where the oil is being contained.
  • Details about secondary containment structures.
  • Details about diversionary structures to help contain oil in the event of a spill.
  • Information about the security protocols of the facility.
  • Loading and unloading information for when these products arrive or leave the facility.
  • Details on the recordkeeping requirements for the facility.
  • Information about management involvement in these products.
  • A certification from an approved engineer or other authorized professional.

The SPCC plan will contain other information as well. It may depend on what type of facility and what type of oil products are used. Since the main focus on SPCC is to protect the water, a lot of the details of the plan will also be focused on helping to keep oils out of any water supply. This includes making sure that oils are not drained into a standard wastewater system.


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