Choosing the right spill kit is critical for the safety and productivity of your work environment but it’s not always an easy task. Understanding the what, where and how of spill kits can save money and time.
What does a spill kit consist of?
Typically, a spill kit consists of sorbent products (pads, socks, and pillows), personal protective equipment such as goggles or gloves and disposal containers to collect used materials.
Depending on the type of liquid you’ve spilled, there are specific offerings designed to absorb that liquid. Electromark offers 2 different types of kits: oil-only and universal.
Oil-only absorbents, as the name suggests, are designed to clean-up oils and petroleum-based liquids. They repel water, which makes them ideal for contained bodies of water where oil spills have occurred. They’re also ideal for portable or permanent spill containment berms, dikes and containment surrounds that are exposed to rainwater.
Universal absorbents are designed to clean up coolants, solvents, and water-based fluids. Because they are able to absorb a wide variety of spills, they’re a safe go-to (unless you are in a position where you need to separate water from oil).
In order to choose the right kit, you need to consider the types of liquids you could potentially spill. Depending on your environment, you may want to consider getting both.
Where should spill kits be located?
Having the proper spill kit can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and a full-blown disaster. Knowing where your spill kits are located is as important as having the proper kit.
It’s essential to have your kit in a place where it’s easily accessible. Many facilities will put up signs or label areas that house their spill kits as a reminder to employees where their kits are located (and as a reminder to not block these areas).
The purpose of having a spill kit is to be able to respond to spills quickly – so having them located far away from potential problem areas makes little to no sense.
Simply put, the best place for your spill kit is close to where the spill could occur.
Even though these kits aren’t used on a daily basis (hopefully!) it’s essential not to hide them or store them away.
To prevent this, spill kits should be added to your regular inspection schedules, ensuring they’re not forgotten or misplaced.
How do you use spill kits?
So you understand the what and the why – but when an actual spill occurs, how do you clean it up?
Training is crucial before a spill occurs. Using a spill kit is far from complicated but even the simplest of tasks become daunting in an emergency.
Every employee that could potentially be exposed to a spill should know where to find their spill kit, what a spill kit consists of and how to properly utilize the contents of the kit to ensure the spill is cleaned up properly.
Setting up routine training for your employees on the items above sets your employees up for success.
Utilities, Spills & Environmental Compliance
Utilities with an above ground storage capacity or more stored in containers that hold up to 55 gallons or more must abide by the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) 40 CFR part 112.
Most substations will fall under this rule, but even if yours does not and a spill occurs outside, you are still responsible for the clean-up of any oil or other potentially harmful liquids that spill into that environment.
The Electromark Difference
Electromark offers a line of active containment solutions that help utilities respond effectively, and efficiently to leaks, spills and ruptures.
Our standard product offering consists of substation, fleet and small spill response kits – both in universal and oil-only options. All of our kits can be customized to meet your application’s unique requirements.
If you’re not sure what solution best fits your needs, reach out to the Electromark customer support team for assistance with your selection.
Spills happen and accidents are inevitable. Prepare the best you can with the right spill kit solution with the help of the Electromark team.
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