How a utility tray can keep mess and spills off warehouse or factory floors
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.
Additionally, these cost effective products are easy to clean and re-use over again. But perhaps best of all, trays are extremely simple to use!
In this post we’ll explore the types and workplace uses for these multi-purpose trays. And possibly introduce you to some new ideas for keeping your business tidy, clean, and safe.
Utility tray uses
Industrial trays are useful for both small spill containment and storage. In fact, as a secondary containment solution they can stop oil and other chemical spills. Which otherwise have the potential to pollute land, stormwater systems and waterways.
For instance, a spill tray can become a mini berm. Use them to collect fluids from leaky machine parts or dispensers. In this application they serve as an affordable and easy-clean drip pan substitute.
Trays also provide a handy way to store items. They’ll organize vehicle batteries, parts, chemical containers, and safety cans neatly and safely in your facility. By pairing an absorbent pad as a tray liner you’ll also minimize grime from leaky container residue.
In short, the options for using a utility tray in your business are endless!
Which containment tray to choose
Trays are available in a number of different sizes, designs, and materials. Many trays are nestable, so offer a convenient stackable storage solution when not in use. When selecting a tray for your needs, consider these factors:
First determine whether the tray is for general-purpose use or a specific application. Generally, trays fall under three groupings.
1. Spill Trays
Is your primary purpose spill containment? Then be sure to choose a spill tray which is deep enough for its container. In fact, some trays offer spill capacity of up to 33 gallons! That way you can capture leaks and drips from small containers, drums, or acid from batteries.
A spill tray with a grate can separate items away from a liquid leak and help keep it dry. For drums, use a tray dolly to enable easy movement — for example, when cleaning floors.
2. Lab Trays
When working in a laboratory, lab trays will serve you well. That’s because the compact sizes fit perfectly on lab countertops. And the tray walls are the ideal height for small containers.
Some trays even have removable grates for storage and decanting of bottles, labware, and beakers. Which means a safer outcome should a container accidentally tip over, spill or break. The tray will safely contain any fluids, with less mess for you to clean up.
3. Utility Trays
Consider stackable utility trays if you want a truly multipurpose tray. You can use them for everything from mixing liquids, to containing leaks, to transferring products from container to pails. Or, even as a work surface when sorting new products and cleaning parts.
Trays using a heavy duty polyethylene construction (HDPE) have a ribbed bottom. This feature provides additional strength and protects contents from saturation if a leak occurs.
Spill trays come in rectangular and round shapes, in a range of dimensions and sump size capacities. Choose a size that’s appropriate for the items you will store on the tray, and the area it needs to cover.
For instance, a shallow tray is a great option to store or clean machine parts. While flexible trays with higher sidewalls may work better to hold cans and chemical containers upright.
Consider what tray material best suits for your environment. For example, do you require a heavy-duty material polyethylene construction? Or, will a lighter-weight, flexible option such as PVC or polypropylene be more appropriate?
Mostly, these materials offer similar corrosion and chemical resistance to stainless steel. However, you’ll always want to check the plastic tray you select is compatible with chemicals at your facility.
Prices for trays can range from $25 to over $200. So, not only can you choose a tray that suits your needs, but also one to best suit your budget.
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You may also want to line large plastic utility trays with absorbent pads or rolls. Or, simply have these items on hand to make any spill cleanup quick and painless.
Your spill clean-up and containment experts
Spill containment and cleanup don’t have to be a headache. Trays are simple yet flexible tools to make your workplace more efficient and safe.
Have questions about which tray or absorbent is right for your facility? Contact Travis Zdrazil at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 869-9633.
This is a revision to a blog post with an original publish date of March 13, 2015