Maybe you restore automobiles in your free time. Maybe you work in an autoshop. Or maybe you’re an engineer, a chemist, or one of many other professionals who work around oils and chemicals.
If you are, then you understand the importance of a spill kit. In your line of work, oil spills, fuel spills, acid spills – they’re all possible accidents that you need to be ready for. Sometimes they’re minor spills, and sometimes they’re a bit more troublesome, and maybe even dangerous.
Wherever spills are possible, a spill kit is a necessary tool to keep on hand at work or even in your own personal restoration shop; spill kits help you launch a quick, safe response to a variety of spills. If you don’t have a spill kit yet, or maybe need to restock yours, keep reading – our tips will help make sure your spill kit is ready to tackle any spill clean-up.
What should you have in your spill kit?
The typical spill kit contains two, maybe three types of items. All spill kits include protective clothing (or Personal Protective Equipment), as well as tools to clean up any spill that occurs. Sometimes, spill kits can include additional tools used to stop the leaks that caused the spill in the first place.
A spill kit usually contains protective clothing. and equipment to clean up the spill. Some kits also include equipment to stop leakage.
What are some specific items that I need to include in my spill kit?
This depends on the type of spills you work around and the size of your kit. For example, a small spill kit used to address oil spills would at least need gloves, sorbent, a container to store any cleaned up materials, a whisk broom and pan, and heavy duty plastic bags.
Larger spill kits, on the other hand, should include protective clothing for at least two people – including gloves, boot covers, goggles, duct tape, and potentially steel toed boots or helmets, depending on where you work.
What are some non-traditional tools my kit should include?
At least one non-traditional tool a spill kit should include is SpillFix. While a bunch of absorbent products made for spill kits are clay-based, SpillFix is made from coconut husks – and it works wonders. A small amount of SpillFix is four times more efficient than the average clay based absorbent on today’s market, is environmentally friendly, and is very easy to dispose of – meaning that you don’t necessarily need to keep numerous containers on site if you’re worried about dealing with multiple spills at your job. Additionally, SpillFix works well with a wide range of products, from cooking oils to hydraulic oils; it even works well cleaning up paint spills.
We have one final piece of advice for you as you update or build your spill kit: plan for the worse situation that could happen at your job site or in your restoration shop, and then over-prepare for that situation. This will ensure that you are set to address both foreseen and many unforeseen incidents on site. Even the safest worksites have accidents and spills sometimes; having a well stocked spill kit ready for use, though, will ensure that those accidents are addressed swiftly and promptly.