Choosing a Spill Kit
Spills are to be expected at almost any job site, but how important is your company’s spill response procedure? Well, it’s actually very important, more than ever if you work with hazardous chemicals and hydrocarbon substances.
So, what goes into choosing a spill kit? In order to select the right kit for you, consider what types of liquids you could potentially spill. There are, in general, three types of spill kits.
The most common is the universal spill kit, which is designed to absorb non-hazardous types of liquids. The materials in the kit are ideal for absorbing water, coolants, antifreeze and solvents.
Oil only spill kits are equipped to handle oil-based liquids. The absorbents may be used on hydrocarbons, fuel, and other greases. Oil only spill kits repel water, which is why they are highly recommended for absorbing oil spills on bodies of water.
The hazmat or chemical spill kit is designed to absorb acid spills and other caustic and aggressive liquid chemicals. The kit is durable enough that it can absorb water-based or oil-based liquids.
The second step in choosing your spill kit involves knowing the volume of liquid that needs to be contained and absorbed. Choices of spill kits can include small to large kits.
The third step is to be aware of the location where the spill kit will be used. Is it in a low or high traffic area? Is it on land or water?
There are different types of absorbents for various types of spills:
- Loose fibres, scatters and powders. Like Coco Peat or Chemzorb, these absorbents are used to clean up the bulk of spills. Scatter it over the spilled substance and once it has absorbed the spill, scoop it up with a brush and pan and expose as hazardous waste.
- Pads and Rolls: These are multi-purpose products that work much like a kitchen paper towel, only these are extremely durable and designed for industrial clean ups. Pads are the economical solution for instant spill absorbency.
- Booms and Socks: When oil spills occur in the water, booms and socks are used to filter out the oil until the absorbents are saturated.
- Pillows: Pillows are used when pads are just not enough to catch leaks and drips. They may also be used for containing the source of the spill from a container or drum.
Controlling and preventing the spread of spills could save a life. Hazardous chemicals could potentially release pollutants into the environment and affect the surrounding land. It’s very important to clean up spills near or in water as fast and as efficiently as possible.