Be prepared. Choose the right spill control Products
Updated: Jul 27, 2019
Emergency spill response is an important part of a company's safety and health program. In the event of a spill, well-prepared companies are ready with a plan of action and the appropriate cleanup supplies. In developing a spill control plan, you should have certain tools readily available, either to use in case of an emergency, or to control daily leaks and spills around your facility. Be prepared. Choose the right spill control products, personal protective equipment and cleanup equipment to handle and manage the type, size and location of a potential spill, before it occurs. An effective spill response procedure should consider all of the items listed below. The complexity of the plan will, depend upon the physical characteristics and volume of materials being handled. Keep in mind, the potential toxicity, and the potential for releases to the environment should be your utmost concern. Review Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) or other references for recommended spill cleanup methods and materials, and the need for personal protective equipment like respirators or protective gloves. Select the appropriate spill control materials to contain any spills that can be reasonably anticipated. The following steps should be taken during simple spill clean-up.
1. Prevent the spread of dusts and vapors.
2. Control the spread of liquid.
3. Neutralize acids and bases, if possible.
4. Absorb the liquid.
5. Collect and contain the clean-up residue.
6. Label container, store appropriately and prepare for disposal of the wastes. Means for proper disposal of cleanup materials (in most cases, as hazardous waste) including contaminated tools and clothing.
7. Decontaminate the area and affected equipment.
Before selecting the best spill kit for your worksite, you will need to consider the type of liquid that has the potential to be spilled, the volume of the spill, and the location where the spill kit will be used. Don’t forget to discuss the spill response plans with all employees in the area.