Spill Containment: Pillows
We offer Standard and Deluxe Pillow products for the use of our EnviroGuard Spill Containment Systems. Standard Pillows are a UL recognized component of a UL Listed System. The Deluxe Pillows are dual certified as UL Recognized and FM Global Approved to ensure the highest level of compliance.
If you are replacing your flooded batteries, you also should replace your pillows. This technical bulletin explains the product lifecycle and when you should replace your battery spill containment pillows. Also covered are considerations certifications with certifications to meet your local AHJ regulatory and insurance company requirements.
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FM Approved & UL Recognized Pillow
FM Global Approved & UL Recognized pillows provide the maximum fire protection and are globally recognized as the required pillow by the largest insurance company in the world.
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FM Approved & UL Recognized VRLA Pad
UL Listed Pillow
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Pillow Recycling and Replacement
EnviroGuard's Pillow Recycling and Disposal Program provides a convenient and EPA approved method for the proper disposal and recycling of neutralization and absorption Pillows. Whether contaminated or non-contaminated, strict EPA regulations require proper management and paper trail to confirm EPA approved transportation and disposal to avoid potential fines and penalties. This program provides for a Certificate of Compliance and proof of approved handling.
Pillow Frequently Asked Questions
Are pillows required for the spill containment system? .....
Yes. Pillows are required to comply with passive neutralization and the UL Listing of the system. If you have containment, it has already been determined that this is a requirement for your site.
How long should pillows last? .....
Pillows will last 10-15 years depending on site conditions. This typically follows the lifecycle of the battery string depending on site conditions.
What is the manufacturer’s warranty for my pillows? .....
Pillows have a 5-year full + 10 year prorated warranty. Factory authorized inspections will verify the aging and condition of the pillow material.
What are the chemicals in EnviroGuard’s Neutralization and Absorption Pillows? .....
EnviroGuard pillow incorporate a specially developed and proprietary Neutrasorb compound consisting of a Neutralizer Chemical, Absorbent and Color Agent.
Is my containment system UL Listed? .....
If you have an Eagle, CondorPlus or Hawk system, it is UL listed as long as the UL Recognized pillows are in place. The pillows and SOCs are UL Recognized components of the overall UL System.
What are the differences between the blue labeled UL pillow and the green labeled UL/FM Pillow? .....
The blue labeled UL pillow carries the UL recognition whereas the green labeled UL/FM pillow carries both UL Recognition and the FM Global approval. If you are insured by Factory Mutual Insurance Company or other commercial insurer that support the FM standard, you should always use the green labeled pillow.
What is the fire rating of pillows? .....
Both UL Recognized and UL/FM Approved pillows meet Class I Fire Rating per NFPA 101. The dual certified UL/FM Approved pillows are the most stringently fire tested and rated pillows.
I see cheaper products on the internet. Are these approved to use in the containment system? .....
No. The system is UL certified and using non-approved compounds will not only void the warranty, but will also decommission the site with the UL Listing. For example, other products such as emergency lighting and sprinkler systems also require approved replacement components. Non approved compounds will not meet codes requirements and could possibly put the end-user at risk for citation by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
Should old non-contaminated pillows be thrown in the trash? .....
No, pillows MUST be disposed of in accordance with Federal, State and Local regulations. Contact EnviroGuard for assistance.
Should I recycle my pillows? .....
You should recycle your pillows, providing they are not contaminated and to meet the site environmental recycling objectives.
I already purchased replacement pillows from the EnviroGuard. Can I still participate in the recycling program? .....
Yes, in most cases, as long as the old pillows are not contaminated. Please contact EnviroGuard for more details.
How do I test for contamination? .....
EnviroGuard’s pillows incorporate a color indicator that will change the pillow case color when exposed to possible contamination. Prior to recycling, EnviroGuard will provide a Pillow Test Kit for detail analysis of pillows required to meet EPA and DOT requirements for recycling.
What action should be taken if a pillow or SOC has been contaminated? .....
Pillows that come in contact with sulfuric acid may also be contaminated with lead particulates. They must be treated as a hazardous material and must be properly disposed in accordance with state and federal laws. Replace the pillow or SOC immediately to ensure complete functionality of the spill containment system.
Are recycling services offered by EnviroGuard? .....
Yes. A stringent process for recycling is followed to ensure the product is not contaminated before shipping. Laboratory sample container kits are sent to the site for samples to be collected by the service partner or end-user. Instructions are included with the kit that provide a procedure on how collect the and send samples to an independent laboratory for analysis. Once the product has been proven to be non-contaminated, an RMA will be issued and approved shipping containers are sent to the site for the old pillows to be sent to EnviroGuard’s recycling location.
Please note: By law, material that has not been tested and approved cannot be accepted by EnviroGuard. Unauthorized shipments will be rejected.
How do I claim warranty for pillows? .....
Contact your EnviroGuard representative.
What happens if the sample comes back contaminated? .....
EnviroGuard will assist the end-user in choosing an approved hazardous materials handling company to dispose of the product at the cost of the end-user.
Is financing available for my end user? .....
Yes. EnviroGuard provides end user financing designed to help qualifying companies meet their budget requirements. Contact your EnviroGuard representative for details.
Please refer to our Support Pages for additional Frequently Asked Questions.