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So what is a Spill Kit?


Oil spills, no matter how small or large, effect the environment by destroying and poisoning any habitat it comes in contact. Whether small or large, these spills can be devastating. Small, incidental releases are visible discharges which result in a loss of oil from a container, including, but not limited to, seams, gaskets, piping, pumps, valves, rivets, and bolts. The best way to mitigate the damage associated with these types of spill is to have a spill kit readily available. Ensure that you have a spill kit readily available that is compatible to oil and other chemical being used as your facility. Spills have the potential to cause severe environmental damage as well as considerable economic and image consequences for a company. Workers must ensure that any spills are treated with great care, and dealt with promptly, to minimize the possibility of any of them becoming a major problem.


So what is a Spill Kit? A spill kit is a collection of items to be used in case of a spill, leak or other discharge of oil. Spill kits are developed so that a prompt response and clean-up may be performed. A spill kit usually contains two or three types of equipment: First is protective clothing or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); the second is equipment used to clean up the spill. Third, some kits include equipment to stop and contain the leakage. As a packing order, place protective clothing (i.e. gloves and safety glasses) on top so it is immediately available once the kit is opened. Next, sorbents in the middle, and place plastic bags in the bottom. The pail should be labeled so anyone can clearly identify it as a spill kit. The cover should be placed loosely on top to keep the contents dry and clean, but the pail should be easy to open. Locate in a visible, easily accessible location along with emergency phone numbers and reporting information.


Oil spills can cause lots of damage. Take preventative steps to protect your facility, employees, and your community. Clearly communicate with employees who handle oil and hazardous materials what to do if a spill occurs, and where clean up materials are located.

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