When a non-haz spill occurs, it’s instinct to go and clean up immediately. Before starting the cleaning process, take a step back and acknowledge what you’re cleaning and the process your facility has in place to deal with it.
Inform Employees and Authorities of the Hazard and Control the Source
Once a spill is identified, notify other employees of the hazard immediately so they are aware and stay away from the designated spill area. It’s crucial to keep employees who are not trained for spills away from the area. Approaching a spill can be hazardous to them and their health if they are not trained on proper spill response and the appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for the job.
Trained responders can identify risks associated with the spilled material. If someone is involved with the spill, it is instinct to help them. However, trained responders know not to rush to help someone who may have been involved with the spill; it could be dangerous to them and their health. It is important to control the source of the spill to ensure the issue does not worsen. Assess the source of the issue and work first to alleviate that particular issue.
Contain the Hazard & Clean the Spill
After controlling the source, take steps to prevent the hazard from spreading to other building areas. The spilled material could expand across the facility, causing a bigger mess. When containing a spill, it’s important to first cover the floor drains to prevent spills from leaving the area, which could result in more significant damage to the building’s infrastructure.
There are a variety of spill confinement techniques. Depending on the situation, containing the hazard starts with confining the spill to a small area using an oil absorbent mat from your spill kit or overlapping absorbent socks. Creating a dam ring around the spill with absorbent socks is the preferred method for most facilities. Then, once dammed up, fill the middle of the spill with absorbent matting to soak up the non-hazardous fluids. Once saturated, dispose of the absorbent material in your recycler’s containers so that the items can be properly recycled. Lastly, the floor may still be slippery from the residual fluids. Mopping or utilizing a floor scrubber may be needed to ensure the floor is not slippery, depending on fluid and flooring type. Once the fluid has been cleaned up, the recyclable absorbent material saturated with fluids have been recycled and the floor has been tested to ensure it is not still hazard, you can communicate an end to the hazard to employees.
Reflect on Your Spill Management Procedure
Every facility should have a coordinated SPCC plan (Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure). This includes maintaining a library of SDS for all fluids on site, and effective communication, mitigation, and response plans for spills. Lastly, does your SPCC plan work well with industrial recycling goals for waste minimization?
Not all spill kits are the same. Connect with a rep today to find a solution that works best for your industry.
What’s a Spill Kit?
A spill kit is a container that stores equipment used for cleaning up hazardous materials. Spill kit contents include but aren’t limited to personal protective equipment (PPE), absorbents, and other cleaning supplies.
Contents vary depending on the type of spill kit you have, but each kit is required to carry these five items: PPE gloves, safety goggles, absorbent mats, absorbent socks, and bags to hold the contents that were in contact with the spilled material.
Different Types of Spill Kits
There are traditionally three types of spill kits, depending on what kinds of chemicals you use in your facility. To blend with your recycling goals, Closed Loop Recycling can create a customized, recyclable spill kit for all items other than hazardous fluids. CLR spill kit programs eliminate the need for disposable spill kit products and disposal services on the back end.
General Purpose Spill Kits
General-purpose spill kits are used for generic cleanups of water-based liquids and non-hazardous materials. Quilted mats are used for these spill kits because they are thin but absorb materials quickly.
Oil Only Spill Kits
Oil-only spill kits are designed to clean up hydrocarbon materials, such as oil and gasoline. The absorbents in this kit are hydrophobic, making cleanup more effective than the general-purpose kits’ materials. Hydromats are used in this kit because they absorb oil quickly and efficiently.
Hazmat Spill Kits
Knowing how to contain a spill involving hazardous materials is essential and should be acknowledged in your company’s spill management procedure. Hazmat spill kits are utilized for spills involving hazardous chemicals and solvents. These kits should be filled with disposable products as haz fluids can not be recycled in the same way as common types of oil. Employees should be trained on the difference between haz spill response and common spill response.
Spill Kit and PPE Solutions with CLR
Spill kits are necessary for any company and having the correct PPE in your kit is crucial to the industry you work in. Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) is your partner in providing reusable absorbents, and our PPE recycling program keeps your employees protected while working towards a sustainable world. Let us help you keep your equipment in proper working order with our PPE laundering process. Contact our team today to get started.