In the manufacturing industry, it’s important to maintain a clean, safe workplace — and that isn’t possible without the right chemical absorbent materials. That’s because — no matter how careful you are — fluid spills are inevitable in manufacturing. When those spills do occur, it’s imperative you have the materials you need to clean them up quickly and safely so you can get back to work.
The everyday basics
From slow, inconvenient oil or coolant drips to full-on leaks due to human error or equipment damage, day-to-day work in a manufacturing plant comes with leaks and spills that all need to be contained and cleaned up. That requires keeping a library of basic safety products on hand.
When accidents happen, it’s important to have cleaning shop rags and towels readily available for quick cleanups. Consider eco-friendly products like shop towels made of up to 40% post-consumer product and shop rags made of reclaimed cloth. Also keep in mind fluids don’t just end up on floors and equipment — they can also get on employees’ hands. That’s why industrial hand soap, grease wipes, and anti-bacterial wipes are also must-haves on the manufacturing floor.
Speaking of floors, absorbents mats can help you keep your facility’s floors clean and dry even in the face of equipment drips and leaks. And it’s not just machines that need mats — anti-fatigue mats can protect manufacturers’ health through hours of standing while also keeping them safe from slips and falls.
Be ready for spills and leaks
Sometimes, shop rags aren’t enough. When a spill requires a little more attention, it’s time to bring out the big guns: industrial absorbents.
- Pillows and socks — Absorbent pillows and socks are perfect for soaking up larger chemical spills quickly. Plus, they’re easy to wring out and reuse, making them cost-effective. These absorbents come in universal grey, oil white, and hazmat yellow.
- Pads and rolls — Absorbent pads and rolls are great, affordable options for quick spill cleanup. Rolls make it easy to use just as much as you need for any given spill. These are also available in grey for universal absorbent purposes, white for hydrocarbons, and yellow for hazardous and aggressive fluids.
Some chemical absorbents allow users to wash and reuse them after spills, but others must be disposed. When it comes to disposing hazardous materials and oils safely, waste containers are imperative. These containers are designed to help you comply with regulations regarding hazardous material containment and disposal.
Spill kits cover all your bases
Not sure precisely which chemical absorbents you need in your manufacturing plant? A spill kit can help you ensure you’re prepared to clean up any spill and dispose of used materials safely and effectively. Simply choose the spill kit that matches the fluids and quantities you’re working with.
Spill kits are divided by fluid — universal, hazmat, and oil — and each comes in different sizes to facilitate different-sized spills. Don’t see a spill kit that suits your facility or not sure which absorbents are right for your unique manufacturing needs? Work with a partner who can help you ensure you’re prepared to avoid danger, damage, and — worse yet — injuries to yourself and your fellow manufacturers.
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