Having effective spill management procedures and spill kits in place is vital for industries including construction, civil engineering and manufacturing, as accidental spills can occur at any time. Even a spill of something seamingly harmless, such as milk or blood, can contaminate a waterway. Without the right procedures, any contaminating liquid can have a disastrous impact on the environment, not to mention lead to costly fines and intensive cleanup activities. Whether the spill is large or small, having spill management procedures and the right spill kit contents readily available is crucial so that staff can handle these situations safely, to avoid harming themselves and the environment.
Spill kit contents
Spill kit contents often vary depending on the industry and application. 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.
When choosing the right spill kit for your industry it’s crucial that you take into consideration the type of contaminants you’ll be dealing with, expected volume of the spills which could occur, whether you are requiring a permanent or temporary solution and what the government legislation outlines for environmental control in your region and industry. To comply with regulations it’s important to get the right advice on spill kit contents and procedures.
Spill management procedures
Spills can be treated differently based on the scenario and volume. To help you identify the difference between a minor and large spill you will need to refer to your company policies. The determination of size and spill management procedures will be unique to each business and it’s site / facility. To give you an idea of how the procedures can differ, they are outlined below: