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Secrets To Select The Right Absorbent Mat

The wide variety of absorbent mats available on the market helps ensure that there is a task-specific mat for nearly every application. However, sometimes too much choice can make it more difficult to choose and help is needed to select the right absorbent. Universal, oil and chemical spill pads are the types of absorbents you will most commonly find on the market which soak up many types of liquids. Universal mats take in a combination of different liquids whilst there are oil and chemical absorbent pads that are designed to soak up specific types of liquid. These different types are also available in different weights and strengths for you to choose from.

So how can you make sure you choose the best absorbent mat for your application? By answering the three questions below you can make sure that you choose the best absorbent mat for your application.

1. What liquids are you working with?

Firstly, you should identify all the types of liquid that you work with in your facility. Using the wrong type of absorbent will mean the spill won’t be absorbed and is likely to spread, possibly causing even more of a hazard. Using the right type of absorbent pad will allow for fast, efficient spill cleanup.

There are typically three types of absorbent mats available on the market which are colour-coded for ease of selection, these are:

Universal Absorbent Pads – absorb a variety of non-aggressive liquids including oils, coolants, solvents and water. Typically these types of absorbents are grey in colour to hide grime and blend in well with industrial and other workplace settings.

Chemical Spill Pads – soak up aggressive liquids such as acids, bases, oxidisers and any unknown liquids. These are colour coded pink for quick identification and high visibility of a dangerous spill situation.

Oil Absorbent Pads – absorb petroleum-based liquids from the surface of the water and can also be used on land-based spills during rainfall. These are typically colour coded white

Determining the types of liquids you work with will ensure that you choose a compatible absorbent mat, the clean up of leaks and spills is made easier and you can make sure your facility is cleaner and safer for your employees.

2. What volume of liquid is likely to spill?

When choosing your absorbent mat, consider the maximum amount of liquid that is likely to spill as this will determine the best weight of mat that you will need for your application. Universal, Oil and Chemical spill pads are usually available in three weights: heavy-weight, medium-weight and light-weight.

It is important to choose the right weight of mat so that your absorbent mats are used to their full potential and money isn’t wasted. Using a heavy-weight mat in a low-volume application may mean that the pad is thrown away before it is fully saturated. Likewise, a light-weight mat that needs to be changed out four times during a single shift means money lost on inefficient and unnecessary labour costs. Finding a balance between volume and absorbency is an important part of your leak and spill pad selection.

3. What kind of traffic is in the area?

The kind of traffic in the area where a spill is likely to happen is another important thing to consider when selecting your universal, chemical or oil absorbent pads. Determining this will let you know how durable your absorbent mat needs to be. In areas of high traffic where forklifts and carts are used you will need an extremely durable, long wearing mat; whereas in lower traffic areas such as aisles, walkways and under machines normal light, medium and heavy weight mats will be suitable.

Universal, oil and chemical spill pads can help keep production areas cleaner and safer by absorbing different liquids and providing a drier walking surface, providing you choose the right absorbent mat for your specific application. By answering the three questions above it will point you in the right direction and you can make sure your facility is prepared for dangerous leaks and spills.

About the Author

Want to know more? New Pig offers more than 2,600 leak and spill equipment solutions including Absorbent Mats and Socks, Spill Kits, Drain Barriers, Leak Diverters and Containment products.For more information, visit http://www.newpig.co.uk or call 0800 919 900.

Heat snake tanks with side mount heat pads?

I bought two zoo med heat pads, one for my 40 gal tank and one for my 10, both pads or mats were the appropriate ones for the size tanks. I mounted them on the sides of the tanks because the tanks are sitting on carpet. They have been running for two days now but both tanks read a temperature of only 72-75 degrees on the warm side. What am I doing wrong? I know it cannot be a faulty heat mat or temperature gauge since I’m have this issue with both tanks.

Thanks for any help!

the pad goes on the bottom and pads don’t cause burns unless they are used in the wrong way first of all if it is a brand new pad i wouldn’t worry about it getting to got i’ve noticed they only tend to do this when worn if it is then throw it out get a new one honestly it should last i’ve been using the same pads for years n have had no problems with them getting to hott also get a stand or something to put the enclosures on it makes maintnance alot easier

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