When there’s been a car crash on the road, you usually end up with a good amount of debris coupled with some spills. If the crash happened on a busy road with a fair bit of traffic, you’ll need to cordon off the crash zone to avoid any further accidents from happening such as car skids from fuel spills or crashes into stray debris.
Not only does debris and spills from a crash pose as a hazard to other drivers, but it also poses an environmental hazard to our natural surroundings as a result of pollution.
One of the most common causes of spills on the road, as identified by local councils throughout the state of Victoria, results from unstable cargo loads or frequent traveling without rest. The most common type of spills are oil spills and diesel fuel – both of which are very difficult and messy to clean.
To avoid the risk of spills running off into waterways connected to the drainage systems by roadsides, a quick response plan and procedure is necessary. Any contaminated runoffs into waterways will lead to further contamination of water bodies risking a significant negative impact on the ecosystem and communal water sources that are used for human consumption.
If a road spill is not dealt with in an effective and efficient manner, the consequences can be dire with a risk of more accidents arising or further damage to our natural environment.
Who are the responsible parties for cleaning up spills and debris?
When the mess is a result of a car crash or accident, emergency services are mainly responsible for the bulk of the work. This includes police officers who will deal with the major wreckage and debris parts left on the road while tow trucks and services will deal with the other minor leftovers such as the spills and lesser debris.
There are several different equipments that can help clean fuel spills effectively. The easiest way to manage a fuel spill is to use an oil and fuel spill kit as these are specially designed to deal with a wide range of hydrocarbon spills aimed in preventing any spread of the hydrocarbon spill (which are essentially oils and diesel fuel).
By preventing a spread from happening, the spill is contained in a specific area avoiding any runoffs into natural landscapes or other areas of the road where traffic flows. Containing a spill also allows cleaning efforts to be more efficient and easily managed.
Good oil and fuel spill kits will contain the following items:
- Hydrocarbon pillows and pads – These pillows and pads are made from highly absorbent material and will soak up the majority of the fuel spill.
- Contamination bags – To adhere to environmental legislation, you must use contamination waste bags that clearly indicate hydrocarbon contamination to throw away the same.
- Protective gear – It is important to protect any personnel during the cleaning process, and protective gear should include items such as coveralls, safety goggles, nitrile gloves, and latex boot covers.
- Floor sweeps – This is a specific product used to absorb the fuel spill which will then be cleaned.
Depending on the requirements for dealing with a fuel spill, a fuel spill kit can be customised based on a specialist’s recommendation.