Sometimes the simplest workshop tools are also the most useful. Take, for instance, the basic plastic tray. Its size and shape — wide, portable, and just a few inches high — make it an exceptionally versatile piece of equipment in many work environments.
Industrial trays are useful for both spill containment and storage — not to mention they’re a crucial tool for secondary spill containment of oils and other liquid chemicals, which, if not contained, could pollute land or waterways. Trays also provide a handy way to store items such as vehicle batteries, parts, chemical containers, and safety cans neatly and safely in your facility.
Which tray to choose
Trays are available in a number of different sizes, designs, and materials. When selecting a tray for your needs, consider these factors:
Application. First determine whether the tray is for general-purpose use or a specific application. If it’s primarily for spill containment, choose a spill tray deep enough to contain leaks and drips from small containers, drums, or acid from batteries. A tray with a grate can keep items away from leaked liquids. For drums, use a tray dolly to enable easy movement — for example, when cleaning floors.
Consider utility trays if you want a multipurpose tray that can be used for everything from mixing liquids to containing leaks to transferring products from container to container.
If you’re working in a lab, lab trays will serve you well — they fit perfectly on a lab counter top, and the tray walls are the ideal height for small containers. They even have removable grates for storage and decanting of bottles, labware, and beakers.
Size. Choose a size that’s appropriate for the items that will be stored on the tray and the area it needs to cover. Spill trays come in both rectangular and round sizes, in a range of dimensions.
Material. Consider what tray material is best suited for your environment. For example, would your needs be best served by a heavy-duty material such as polyethylene, or a lighter-weight, flexible PVC tray?
Price. Prices for trays can range from $25 to over $200, so you can not only choose the trays that best suit your needs, but also the ones that best suit your budget.
You may also want to line trays with absorbent pads or rolls, or simply have these items on hand to make spill cleanup quick and painless.
Spill containment and cleanup don’t have to be a headache. Trays are simple yet flexible tools that can make your workplace more efficient, prepared, and safe.
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