Prepare Yourself for Accidental Spills
Even though you do your best to be careful, most businesses deal with some form of chemical, oil, or liquid spill within the workplace. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a major problem. With the proper equipment you can be prepared in advance for any spill response needed. Have spill kits on hand and readily available. Your chances are much greater that you will avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
Spill control can easily be accomplished by having the correct kits on hand. You must be able to jump into action when an accident happens. Spill kits are available in various sizes and types. No matter what your spill consists of, you must be able to contain it quickly and effectively. Your mobile spill kits should contain at a minimum heavy duty absorbent pads, absorbent socks, absorbent pillows, disposal bags and PPE such as goggles and gloves. Helps you comply with OSHA regulations.
To begin with, you need to determine what type of spill kits you need. Think about what it is that could potentially spill. You also have to consider how large the spill could be. Regardless of the size of your spill kits, they must be designed to deal with the particular substance you need to contain. You will not get the performance you want if you do not select the correct kit.
Here are the three major categories of spill kits. The following will help you determine what type of spill kits you should have in the event of an emergency.
Oil Only Spill Kits
Oil spill kits are designed specifically to absorb hydrocarbon based spills – safely and effectively. They can be used both indoors and outdoors. Oil only absorbents repel water, are perfect for clean-ups on waterways and contained bodies of water. Water or water-based chemicals WILL NOT be absorbent by oil only absorbents.
Universal Spill Kits
These serve as general purpose spill kits and are capable of handling liquids such as coolants, paint, solvents, fluids and any other non-hazardous types of chemicals. Universal absorbent spill kits are ideal for workshops and in areas where smaller spills may occur. Universal spill kits will clean up the whole spill at one time as long as you don’t need to separate oil from water.
HazMat Spill Kits
For you to cope with hazardous materials -oil based or not- these spill kits are specifically designed to cope with a chemical spill of a caustic and aggressive nature. Most hazmat kits do not come with special protective accessories you may need to keep workers safe during the clean-up process because of the wide variety of chemicals used in industry. Before any emergency response is required you will want to customize each kit with protective clothing, respirators or other accessories to protect your workers from the chemicals at your facility.
Specialty Spill Response Kits
In addition to the three major spill kits mentioned above, there are also specialty cleanup kits. Some specialty kits are mercury spill kits, battery acid spill kits and biohazard spill kits for body fluids.
Selecting the right size of kits
Now that you have decided on the type of spill kits you need to have on hand, you need to determine the correct size(s) needed for your particular spill containment needs. Here are some ideas on what to consider when calculating the right size:
How big is your typical spill? Small spills may only need a simple bucket kit whereas if a spill can be larger, 95 gallon spill kits or even large cart kits is what you will need to have on hand.
Where do you store spill kits? If spills are a frequent occurrence at your facility, you likely have the space required to store the kits you need to clean them up. You should set up well marked spill stations. If none are set up you should probably evaluate your storage policies and make room. Regardless of the size of kits (even for smaller wall mount ones) you keep on hand, you should have them near where they would be needed. Safety and the ability to take action quickly is critical. Also think about having larger spill kits stored near by if a major spill happens.
What type of containers do you need? It really depends upon your needs. for vehicles you generally need truck spill kits or bucket kits. For on your dock or in your facility you may have a preference to certain types of drum spill kits, bucket spill kits, or even a combination thereof. Most important is that they work with the actual type of spill that can occur.
For added protection, if a spill could reach storm or sewer drains are near by, have drain covers on hand. Cleaning up spills in drainage systems is much more costly then on land.
In the end, the most important thing about spill kits is that you have them where you need them when you need them. Choosing AbsorbentsOnline.com is your first step in assuring a safe environment in the workplace. We are always happy to answer questions and offer free advice. Let us help you select your spill kits to insure you are meeting all legal requirements and safety standards.