crew using an oil skimmer

New Standard Makes Oil Skimmer Capacities Apparent

Manufacturers of oil skimmers have been free to state any value on their products' namplates as the theoretical capacity of that skimmer, but a new ASTM International standard includes a test that will establish a true capacity. The F2709 standard, Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Skimmer Systems, was developed by Subcommittee F20.11 on Control, part of ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response.

"Our goal was to develop a test that would be simple, inexpensive, and yield reproducible data that can be used to compare skimmer performance," said Steve Potter, director and senior engineer at SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd. of Ottawa, Canada, and chair of F20.11. "Prior to the development of this standard, manufacturers were free to state any value as to the theoretical capacity of an oil skimmer and often used the maximum capacity of the transfer pump."

The test method is designed to quantify two key skimmer performance values to reduce testing costs and to encourage industry-wide performance standardization. It will be used by manufacturers, emergency response organizations, and regulators to rate skimming devices in a defensible way, according to ASTM. For technical information about the standard, contact Potter by phone at 613-232-1564 or e-mail at steve@slross.com. The F20 Committee next meets April 21-22, 2009, during the April committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue