If your business operations involve the use, maintenance and repair of industrial or commercial equipment, fluid spills are nearly unavoidable. Whilst you may have precautionary measures in place to prevent spills from occurring in the first place, accidents can still happen.
Spills are a workplace hazard that can cause accidents and injury, especially in areas where hazardous materials are handled. That is why your facility should always have spill kits, including high-quality absorbent and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Here’s a rundown of the basic spill kit supplies you should have:
Cleanup materials and tools
Make sure you have a plastic brush or broom for solid materials, a sealing tape, a detergent, or a general cleaning solution for final cleanup. These also likewise a cardboard box to hold the waste bag that has debris from the spill, three to five heavy-duty waste bags, hazardous waste labels, and a dustpan, shovel, or plastic scoop.
The container for your spill kit should be resistant to chemicals. A 5-gallon plastic bucket is a standard, and it is likewise ideal to have an additional one with a sealable lid.
The minimum PPE includes two pairs of chemical-resistant gloves (made of thick nitrile or neoprene), two pairs of chemical splash goggles, and two pairs of rubber, vinyl, or plastic shoe covers. You must also have two disposable coveralls, aprons, or lab coats, and absorption materials such as commercial spill pads.
Other spill response items. Invest in neutralising agents, as well as spill response items for specific substances. Additional PPE includes chemical-resistant clothing and face shields, bleach for biological agents, chemical-specific and general neutralisers, as well as specialised supplies for chemicals that react with air or water.
Types of leaks to watch out for
Be sure to prepare your spill kits according to the types of leaks you usually have to deal with. These are the most common leaks in an industrial setting:
- Hydraulic leaks
- Spills from component replacement
- Fuel leaks or spills
- Spills from the over-servicing of fluid reservoirs
- Chemical leaks or spills
Note that if you are handling hazardous materials, you need to use disposable supplies, as contaminated materials and tools are considered hazardous wastes.