Having spill response kits stationed at high risks areas in your warehouse, factory or plant is crucial. This will not only enable you to be environmentally responsible but also compliant to the OHS&W Requirements. As you might very well know, non-compliance to EPA and the government environmental regulations can result to thousands of dollars in fines.
But selecting the right spill kit can be an overwhelming task. There are a number of factors to consider when designing, resourcing and locating spill kits and response equipment for your needs. What equipment is appropriate for risk response, the amount required for containment/cleanup and proper storage and access of materials are just the few considerations you need to address.
The challenge does not end there. The market offers endless range of products and choosing the best and the most suitable kit can be more confusing. Worst than that, purchasing the wrong kit can put you, your staff and your business at great risk.
Top 4 Tips to Keep in Mind
Know the basic spill kits
Spill kits are categorised according to the liquid or chemical it is best used for. The most basic types of spill kits include the following:
-Hydrocarbon (oil and Fuel only) Spill Kit – designed to deal with water-based non-hazardous liquids such as coolants or water-based paints as well as hydrocarbons
-General Purpose Spill Kit – has absorbents that also deals with water-based non-hazardous liquids such as coolants or water-based paints as well as hydrocarbons
-Chemical Spill Kit – best for most chemical liquids such as acids, bases and general chemicals but can also absorb hydrocarbons and general fluids
-Acid/Alkali Neutraliser Spill Kit – contains specific purpose neutraliser absorbent powders
-Special Fluid Spill Kit – recommended for specific risk liquids such as body fluids, mercury, formaldehyde etc
Know your liquids and chemicals
It is not rocket science. You should know the liquids or chemicals you are using in your company. From there, you will then know which of the basic spill kits mentioned earlier is best for you. If each facility is using two or more types of chemicals and fluids, work out with your engineers or team supervisors to determine which kit will be placed in case of a spill or leak for faster and more efficient response.
Know the maximum volume of liquid that is likely to spill in high risk areas
Determine the largest amount of liquid that could be spilt from one container or holding tank in your high risk areas. If you are using drums, contents can be from 30 to 55 gallons. If you are using totes, the largest tote can hold anywhere from 200 to 500 gallons. This will help you know what kit size works best for you. Choosing a small kit is obviously ineffective and too large is unnecessary.
Also, please remember that kits are not designed to absorb all the spill content especially in large volume. But knowing the volume of the worst-case scenario that can happen in your location can be used in choosing a kit that can help you control the spill, prevent further damage and minimise environmental damage. This will also tell if you need a personal protective equipment (PPE) or if you are using the right container
Know who to call
Should anything go awry and things go beyond your means and control, you should have a spill control and pollution solutions specialist. While it is a good practice to know what you should do in case of spills, nothing can substitute for professional advice and services. So be sure to have a backup team to help you manage spills and prevent further damage.
You can call one of the most notable and awarded spill specialists in South Australia, Prenco Environmental.
To know more on how you can choose the right spill kit as well as how your business can benefit from Prenco Environmental and their services, call 08 8294 7711 or visit http://www.prenco.com.au/ for more information