Environmental protection is mandatory across all types of fields and industries, with local and state governments regulating site compliance. Spill kits have an important role in ensuring these government standards are adhered to in the workplace.
What is a spill kit?
While these can vary depending on business needs, a spill kit is generally comprised of a container that is filled with a range of products such as gloves, a selection of absorbent materials / loose absorbents and several contaminated waste bags. Your spill kit contents can be customised to individual business needs based on factors such as location, the spill type and expected volume of the spill.
Why is having a spill kit on site crucial for environmental protection?
Spill kits are specifically designed for prevention, control and to clean up contaminant spills, to stop any harm to the environment before it occurs. There’s a danger that without adequate environmental protection measures available that spilled contaminants could soak into the ground or feed into a waterway or stormwater system.
Some of the many applications your spill kit contents may be used for include:
- Keeping a spill confined to stop it from travelling
- Drawing spilled contaminants from water catchments of any kind
- Absorption of released liquid contaminants
- Placing product proactively in order to capture potential leaks or spills
What types of spills or leaks are spill kit contents suitable for?
Depending on the type of spill response kit used by your industry, spill kit contents can be used to capture or contain spills or leaks resulting from:
- Ruptured containers
- Containers that have tipped over or knocked over
- Any leaks or spills that result from dispensing
- Equipment leaks that are caused from wear-and-tear
- Leaks during equipment repairs or maintenance
It is possible to keep an area secured when liquids are about to be released by strategically placing product in order to isolate and contain the potential spill.
Where should you keep your spill response kit?
Your spill response kit needs to be in close proximity to high-risk areas, where there’s a danger of spills or leaks occurring. It’s vital that your spill kit contents are in easy access to protect the environment, staff and your assets.