AdBlue Spillage & What To Do

AdBlue is a high-quality urea solution used to help diesel engines reduce their NOx emissions. Due to the latest EURO 6 emission regulations being brought into effect as of September 2015, AdBlue is fast becoming more and more commonplace in multiple industries including transportation and Agricultural logistics.

Large commercial fleet operators are more than likely start to store AdBlue in bulk on site to meet their needs. For passenger vehicles, AdBlue will generally just be topped up during a service unless they cover high mileage in which case a top up may be needed using a plastic AdBlue container purchased at a forecourt. This may change to an AdBlue dispensing pump on a forecourt.

Both of these lead to the potential of an AdBlue spillage or leakage, which may affect the environment. Although AdBlue is non-toxic, if spilt & not cleaned up immediately, it will crystallise upon drying.

HOW TO AVOID SPILLS & DEAL WITH THEM IF THEY HAPPEN

Firstly, you should make sure that:
• Your tank or dispensing equipment are suitable for use with AdBlue
• The dispensing area drainage is isolated from any & all surface water drains.
• If you have a manual or automatic nozzle to dispense your AdBlue, make sure your nozzle cannot be left in the open position.
• Make sure that you have appropriate emergency equipment to deal with spills. For example, you could use spill kits, drain mats, pipe blocker, or permanent valves on drainage systems to provide containment and contamination.
• Make sure any spill kits used are suitable with water based products (SC.ABKIT06A)
• Make sure you have an emergency plan as well as suitable training for dealing with AdBlue spillages.

Although there are no current specific regulations that require AdBlue to be stored in a certain manner, the environmental agency do state that if they believe there is a significant environmental risk they will use their enforcement powers to make sure you meet their good practice guidelines.

If you do come across an AdBlue spill then act immediately. Use a spill kit to clean up any spill then rinse the area thoroughly with water to avoid any crystallisation.

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