Chemical and oil spills are situations any chemical plant strives to avoid. While most chemical plants adhere to safe practices, the possibility of a spill is always a risk.
Even a small spill can be detrimental to the health of your employees and your working environment. So, it’s always best to be prepared and have a spill kit handy if an incident occurs.
TAS Environmental Services specializes in helping businesses like yours clean up larger spills and properly dispose of hazardous waste. Let’s look at 5 kits you can use when a spill doesn’t require our professional environmental cleanup services.
Biohazard Spill Kits
If your location experiences a biohazard spill, direct exposure can lead to the spreading of disease and life-threatening health problems. Having biohazard spill kits on hand in labs can quickly clean up a small spill and keep your location sanitized.
Some of the most common items in a biohazard spill kit are:
- Concentrated disinfectant
- Absorbent pads
- Biohazard disposal bags
- Dustpan and broom
- A sharps container for syringes and broken glass
- Gloves, goggles, lab coats
Laboratory Spill Kits
Spills in a laboratory can lead to skin burns, respiratory conditions, acid exposure, and more. Having a laboratory spill kit with the following items is proactive to your employee’s safety:
- Acid neutralizers
- Nitrile gloves
- Safety goggles
- Haz-mat pads
- Disposable bags
Mercury Spill Kits
Mercury exposure poses a massive threat to those in its vicinity. A mercury spill can result in tremors, memory loss, chest pain, shortness of breath, and other long-term health conditions.
If mercury exposure is a risk on your site, your chemical spill kit should contain the following items:
- Nitrile/Latex gloves
- Disposable bags
- An aspirator
- Absorbent powder
- Specially treated sponges
- Plastic scoop
Oil Spill Kits
Oil spills can occur in any work setting. While they aren’t extremely hazardous to people in the short term, letting a spill leak out to the surrounding area can put wildlife, water supplies, and soil at risk.
If a small spill occurs on your property, have an oil-only spill kit on-hand to stop the spread.
Your oil spill kit should include:
- Sorbent pads
- Chemical gloves
- Sorbent socks
How to Respond to a Spill
If a small spill occurs and you take charge of the spill kit, follow these 3 steps to ensure a safe cleanup.
- Immediately notify your supervisor and those in the vicinity of the spill. If necessary, evacuate the area.
- Wear all appropriate PPE and use items in your kit to contain the spill (i.e. absorbent pads, absorbent powder).
- Safely clean the spill and dispose of it in the appropriate bag found in your spill kit. During this process, clean and disinfect any area the spill is contaminated. Finally, dispose of waste as specified by local laws.
Practice Safer Chemical Disposal With TAS Environmental Services
If your chemical or oil spill is an issue that requires more than a spill kit, the team at TAS Environmental Services is here to help! We are available 24/7 to step in, secure your surroundings, and ensure an efficient, safe cleanup.
Our team has the equipment and experience to prevent the spread of any spill hazards. Contact us today to learn more about our services in your area.