Preparing for Pesticide Problems This Fall

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As the weather starts to get colder, bugs start to travel inside workplaces to find warmth. Many business owners spray pesticides as a way to stop bugs from entering the building. Although this is a common method of eliminating pests in the building, always follow safety guidelines very closely in order to reduce the risk of pesticide related illness or injury.

When spraying pesticides, workers should always wear the correct clothing described on the bottle. For example, wearing impermeable gloves will aid in keeping the chemicals off of your skin. Always wear long pants and long shirts to cover your arms and legs from extra mists and out of control sprayers. Although not always specified, using goggles to protect the eyes will drastically reduce the possibility of ocular injuries.

Despite following all instructions carefully, sometimes accidents still occur. If a worker gets pesticides in the eye, or their skin, or in their lungs, follow these procedures to ensure a safe resolution.

  • In the eye: In some cases, damages to the eye can begin in about fifteen minutes. If the pesticide gets into a worker’s eye, hold the eyelid open and gently flush the eye with tap or hose water for fifteen minutes. Do not add eye drops or additional chemicals to the water or eye.
  • On the skin: A painful, burning irritation almost always occurs when pesticides splash onto a worker’s skin. Be sure to remove the poisoned clothing and thoroughly wash the area with water. Discard the contaminated clothing or carefully wash separately from other laundry.
  • Excessive inhalation: Excessive pesticide fumes could cause breathing troubles or fainting in workers. If present conditions appear safe enough for helpers to reach a victim, drag them to fresh air immediately. Open all windows and doors to ventilate the area. Loosen the victim’s tight clothing if they stopped breathing. If you cannot reach the injured worker, call the local fire department.

Always store pesticides in places where they will not get bumped or spilled. Keeping sprayers on high shelves in locked cabinets or closets will ensure unused chemicals stay out of the way from usual workplace activities.  

Most importantly, in the event of a spill, clean puddles quickly and safety to avoid further injuries. An absorbent product will usually handle the liquid base of pesticides the best. SpillFix absorbent product, made of a renewable resource from the coconut husk, cleans chemical spills quickly and efficiently. Sprinkle the absorbent product around the outside of the spill to prevent spreading. Secondly, cover the rest of the spill with SpillFix. Then mix the coconut husk base into the spill until the absorbent fully absorbs the pesticides. Workers can safely dispose of the use SpillFix or save it for another dangerous spill.

Always follow the instructions when using pesticides in your business. Bugs can be a big nuisance, but avoiding worker related injuries will save the business from more nuisances in the long run.


NASCAR Pit Crews: The Unsung Heroes Of Race Day

NASCAR season is well underway for the year! The big Daytona 500 race has come and gone and we’ve already had a couple different race winners in the past few weeks. It’s exciting to see all the racers back in the game and darting around the track in the hopes of winning first place prize. Certainly, these drivers possess an immense amount of skill to maneuver race cars at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. But, in order to keep the cars fully functional during the race, all NASCAR drivers need one other essential tool – a skilled set of mechanics on their pit crews.

The Evolution Of The Pit Crew

In the very beginning of NASCAR, pit crews weren’t as essential as they are today. It wasn’t until the early 1950s when races started to stretch into the 500 mile lengths (with the Southern 500 race) that drivers realized their cars needed to be serviced while the race flew by them. In the early days, the crews used old fashioned bumper jacks and 4-way tire irons to replace the wheels on the car. It wasn’t until closer to 1955 that we began to see more modern air tools and floor jacks come into the game.

Over the years, there have also been a lot of conversations around the speed at which the pit crews work. Of course, a speedy crew is essential to getting back into the race. However, this was not always the norm. The Wood Brothers were the first to make the quick-as-lightening pit crew a reality when they reworked all of their tools and strategies into a choreographed performance. Today, a team of six mechanics can have a car maintenanced in about 12 seconds!

Pit Crew Positions

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In NASCAR today, the pit crew consists of six active mechanics, including the following:

  • Rear tire carrier
  • Rear tire changer
  • Front tire carrier
  • Front tire changer
  • Gas man
  • Jack man

The pit crew can also include other supporting members behind the wall to help during the race:

  • Crew chief – develops strategy for pit stops
  • Car chief – executes adjustments to strategy based on car needs
  • Support crew – rolls tires, hands tools, untangle hoses
  • Extra man – sometimes aloud by NASCAR over the boundary to wipe the windshield and assist driver

All of these members work as a team to ensure they have the best strategy to keep the driver safe and the car going as fast as possible.

As you can see, the NASCAR pit crews have come a long way from their early days. From changing all the tires to giving the car a full tank of gas, the pit crew is responsible for making sure the race car can to finish the entire race. Because of this, we want to recognize the dedicated pit crews as the unsung heroes of NASCAR.

The Most Common Workplace Fall Hazards and How to Fix Them

Workplace safety begins the moment your employees arrive on-site. Unfortunately many of today’s workers often face a number of potential slip/fall hazards on the job. According to the US Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the greatest percentage of workplace accidents. Those accidents not only often result in serious injury, but can take money and time away from your business due to workers compensation or time taken off. Therefore, as a business owner, keeping areas as safe as possible for your workforce is in your best interest.

3 Outdoor Safety Tips

Because most workplace facilities do not have an outdoor area dedicated to working, parking lots and sidewalks tend to get overlooked during safety audits. However, your worker’s journey from the parking lot into your building is home to many slip/fall hazards, and it’s important for you to address these hazards by:

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  • Keeping up-to-date with parking lot and sidewalk maintenance by filling cracks and potholes.
  • Clearing walkways of fallen leaves, fruits, or snow.
  • Providing  adequate lighting outside so walkers can spot dangerous trip hazards on the ground.

Keeping the outdoor areas around your building free of trip/fall hazards will ensure your workers get to your business in one piece.

3 Entranceway Safety Tips

Think beyond your work site’s main entrance and consider the many transition areas throughout your building. By “Transition areas” we mean spaces where floor materials change from one covering to another. For example, your main entrance to the building many transition from a concrete walkway to a tile entrance. Other transition areas could be from carpeted offices to epoxy flooring. Areas such as these need extra care to prevent slips and falls, including:

  • Adequate lighting.
  • Large, non-slip mats for drying off shoes and boots.
  • Overly wet or damaged mats should be removed and replaced with new, dry ones.

Transition areas can be very dangerous for an unsuspecting worker, but following these tips will help make the area more noticeable.

3 Production Area Safety Tips

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Because workers spend most of their day in production areas, it is crucial to keep this area as free from slip/fall hazards as possible. However, when older machinery or equipment is kept in the area, small leaks or sprays often get onto the floor. Staying on top of these issues will help workers and managers alikestay safe from falls in this area. Ways to do this include:

  • Using spill absorbent products to clean big oil or chemical spills in the area. Absorbent products will clean large spills in the most effective way without leaving a slippery residue on the floor.
  • Following any directions on any cleaning products – using the wrong ratio of water to cleaner could leave slippery residue on floors.
  • Encouraging workers to use slip-resistant shoes in the production area. When spills do occur, the tread on these shoes makes walking around safer.

Always remember, worker safety starts in the workplace. By making work areas safe for your employees with these 9 basic safety steps, you can reduce the amount of workplace injuries and save money and time for your business.


3 Ways To Stay Safe Following Daylight Saving Time

If you’re feeling a little sluggish this morning, you’re not alone. Each year we set our clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March for Daylight Saving Time. While we get to enjoy longer daylight hours in the evenings, the shift in time can easily confuse our internal clocks, which have difficulty adjusting to the change in time before we get up and go to work the following Monday.

Though a one-hour difference seems small, in a society plagued with sleep deprivation and sleep disorders, that single hour can make all the difference in an individual’s energy levels. In fact, research has repeatedly shown that the loss of sleep following Daylight Saving Time greatly affects safety, both at work and at the home. A few examples of this include:

  • Daylight Saving Time is associated with a higher risk of employee accidents at work . Studies on accidents in industries such as mining have found that workplace accidents are both more common and more serious on the Monday after switching to Daylight Saving Time.
  • In the hours and week following the time jump, people with a predisposition for heart problems or suffering from depression are more likely to suffer from heart attacks or commit suicide.
  • The number of car crashes also spikes in the 24 hours following Daylight Saving Time.
  • Accidents at home and on the road add up to a 5% to 7% increase in fatalities during the three days following the time change.

Data like this highlights exactly why the exhaustion many of us feel after Daylight Saving time is not something that should be ignored at work. That’s why we encourage employers and employees to do the following today and throughout the next week to help ensure that everything runs smoothly and everyone is safe following yesterday’s shift in time:

  • Encourage the people who work with you to go to bed earlier tonight, which will help their body adjust to the new time and cope with last night’s loss of sleep.
  • If your business is scheduled to handle a hazardous project today and it can be delayed, reschedule the work for later in the week, when staff members will have had time to adjust to the time jump.
  • Take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach to the dangers of this week; take extra precautions and assign extra safety monitors for the remainder of the week.

How To Drive Safely Into Spring This Year

The first day of spring is just under two weeks away! But while the change in season will certainly be a welcome one after this brutal winter, it’s important to remember that the transition from winter to spring is also a time when drivers need to be extra vigilant.

While winter weather and the difficulties of driving through snow, ice and potholes are often viewed as the bigger of two evils, spring weather can be equally difficult for a driver to deal with. Heavy rains often pose a unique set of challenges; in addition, if drivers fail to bring their cars in for regular maintenance, the problems with a car’s batteries, tires, brakes and suspensions that are often caused by winter weather driving can quickly become dangerous during the change in season.

Fortunately, it just takes a few small adjustments and actions to make spring driving that much safer. For starters, knowing exactly what the spring weather could potentially mean for you on the road will allow you to take precautions behind the wheel. Just a few great spring driving tips as highlighted by American Family Insurance are:

  • When rain or mist begins, slow down.
  • Turn on your fan and defroster to keep the inside of your windshield clear of moisture.
  • Avoid driving through big puddles; splashing water could affect your brakes and impair the vision of other motorists.
  • Be alert for icy conditions caused by thawing snow, spring rains or mist, especially in shaded areas, and on bridges and overpasses. These areas tend to freeze first.
  • Look carefully for pedestrians; they can be difficult to see in rain and fog. (Don’t count on them looking out for you.)

However, it is just as important – if not more so – to take your vehicle in for inspection and maintenance overhaul before the worst of the spring weather begins. One dealer, Yankee Ford, highly recommends adding these 10 things to your car’s spring cleaning checklist:

  1. Test and replace old or weak batteries, plugs & wires
  2. Check your car’s tire pressure
  3. Inspect your car’s belts and hoses to find any that are cracked and need to be repaired
  4. Have your vehicle’s brake system inspected
  5. Check the suspension and wheel alignment
  6. Review your car’s fluid levels (i.e. engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer fluid)
  7. Change your engine’s air filter
  8. Inspect your vehicle’s windshield wipers for cracks and damage
  9. Clean the interior of your car
  10. Clean the exterior of your car

It’s as simple as that! By reviewing safe driving tips and giving your vehicle a thorough inspection, you’ll be able to smoothly drive into this wonderful change of season. Have questions or concerns? We recommend getting in touch with a local dealer – or leave your feedback in the comments, and we’ll do our best to help!

What Makes SpillFix The Better Absorbent Product?

What is your go-to absorbent product?

For many people working at garages or on industrial sites, when looking to clean up a liquid spill their go-to absorbent product is one of the popular brand clay based solutions. However, the truth is that clay absorbent products are usually not easy to use and pose a number of safety-related risks when used improperly.

We believe that when it comes to dealing with fuel spills, chemical spills, paint spills, and other spills, it’s time for us to switch to a better absorbent product. One such alternative product is SpillFix.

SpillFix is a non-carcinogenic industrial absorbent that is totally organic, is safe to use in the workplace, and safe for the environment. So how does SpillFix compare to other common absorbents?


  • While 1 pound of most clay-based absorbents can deal with about 0.879 pints of oil, the same amount of SpillFix can handle 3.43 pints of oil, making SpillFix the more absorbent product by far.
  • As clay absorbents often leak their contents after use they pose a major environmental risk when the used absorbent product is disposed of incorrectly. By contrast when used SpillFix is disposed of, it provides a perfect environment for the development of bio-degrading organisms that can oxidize the adsorbed content faster than the biodegradation of the organic SpillFix itself. In short, the contents that SpillFix was used to clean will degrade before the SpillFix itself. And while local laws still apply to a final disposal procedure, SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent has been tested to the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal.
  • The resources used to create clay absorbents are often difficult and even dangerous to obtain. SpillFix, on the other hand, is made from an entirely renewable resource: coconut husks. No trees are cut down, nor are any pulping or mining processes required to produce it, making it the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product available.
  • SpillFix allows for more eco-friendly opportunities than many other absorbents. For example, used SpillFix that contains hydrocarbon spills can be utilised as a fuel source for the production of energy. Additionally, SpillFix can be used to clean out old paint cans and make them recyclable. The absorbed paint will be rendered harmless, and can be disposed of as solid waste that will not leach any toxins into the environment.

Examples like these highlight just how SpillFix functions better as an absorbent product than its clay counterparts. Interested in learning more about SpillFix? Click here to do just that, or ask your questions about it in the comments below!

4 Easy Ways To Show Your Employees Some Love this Valentine’s Day

Do you and your coworkers and staff members plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day at work this week? If not, now is the time to consider some last minute plans that will really help to share the love in the office!

So many people focus on the romantic aspects of Valentine’s Day that we often forget the many other types of love and appreciation that exist in our life, including at our jobs. And it’s definitely worth encouraging and cultivating those feelings at work, no matter what industry you work in. Just consider this quote from

“People will never admit it, but money is not the thing they desire most from their work. Instead, showing appreciation, respect and yes, even love, are the three most important ways to make your people feel great about their work,” said Todd Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and – Finally – Let the Sunshine In. “And happy, engaged employees are the single best way to impact your company’s bottom line.”

There you go: a sense of appreciation is the best thing you can do for your staff and coworkers. Even better, there are lots of simple, easy ways to show appreciation for them and bring the spirit of the holiday into the office – minus the romance, of course. Don’t believe us? Give some of these ideas a go this week and see what happens:

1. Write notes and thank-you cards to give out on Friday. Rather than writing a Valentine for your coworkers or staff, just write out a thank you note, a card, or even an email (although we prefer the handwritten touch ourselves) thanking them for their hard work. A few little words can go a long way!

2. Put together a few treats for coworkers or staff. Cards are nice, but let’s be honest: we all like getting gifts more! Don’t worry about getting a giant gift for all of the people at work, though. A goodie bag or small gift card is all you need in this case.

 3. Decorate. Imagine walking around at work all day and seeing flyers or notes thanking you for your hard work…doesn’t that sound great? We’re sure the people at your work site would love that, too – why not print a few of these up right now?

3. Celebrate! Happy staff members are harder workers, so why not do one more thing to boost the mood at work this Friday and put together a little lunch party? Even a simple Valentine’s Day luncheon or happy hour event after work will go a long way to boost the mood.

4. Plan on making this a part of your work routine. Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is just a single day out of the year. But the attitude and morale levels at work absolutely impacts the productivity and awareness levels of the staff, and does so all year long. So why not give the ultimate gift of appreciation and do something to address the office’s morale long-term? Announce that you have plans to introduce things like happy hours, weekly themed events, and potlucks – and those are just a few ideas you could try. It may sound like a hassle, but remember: a happier staff gets more done and is more likely to pay attention to potential dangers at work.

All of these tips require very little effort but have a large payoff. After all, people who feel appreciated are not only likely to put more effort into their work – they’re more likely to stay at their current job for a longer period of time! So this Valentine’s Day, go ahead and let your employees or coworkers know that you really do appreciate all of their hard work – and then reward them for it!

Does your worksite have plans for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

21st Mining Safety Must Address Spill Risk And Spill Safety

When you hear the word “mining,” what do you think of?

Historically, mining was a very dangerous, dirty job, wherein miners would travel deep underground to physically remove minerals or other materials from the ground. Mining jobs were – and still are – localized to specific geographical regions, depending on the materials that a specific area held. For example, Pennsylvania has been known for centuries as a haven for coal mining, while Arizona continues to be prime territory for copper mining.

Many of us do not think about spill safety when we think about mining operations. In fact, mine collapses are usually a far more pressing safety matter for mines around the world..

However, while collapsing mines are a very real concern, they are only one part of mining safety today. This is because over the centuries, the technology and strategies we use to mine natural resources have both extensively evolved.

According to, “Mining operations generate hazardous waste, transport and store petroleum products and other hazardous materials, and by law mining companies are required to prepare spill control and cleanup procedures and plans.”

This means that mining sites must by law go through the same preparation procedures that other sites that may face a fuel or chemical spill do. According to, these basic preparation steps include the following:

  • Spill response and prevention controls clearly state measures to stop the source of a spill, contain the spill, clean up the spill, dispose of contaminated materials and train personnel to prevent and control future spills. Ensure that you know the requirements.
  • Spill prevention plans are most applicable to the whole site including construction areas where hazardous materials and wastes are stored or used.
  • The preliminary steps to prevent spills include:
    • Identifying potential spill source areas such as loading and unloading, storage, and processing areas; places that generate dust or particulates and areas designated for waste disposal and.
    • Evaluating stationary facilities that include manufacturing/processing areas, workshops, wash bays, warehouses, storage yards, fuel farms, parking areas and access roads.
  • Employees must be trained in spill control response procedures, post-spill response and know the emergency numbers.
  • Spill containment and cleanup kits should be located at spill- prone areas. The contents of the kit should be appropriate to the type and quantities of chemical or goods stored at the area.
  • Spill kits must be inspected and maintained in all activity areas.
  • Refuel equipment in a designated area to minimise contamination. Pay attention to location so that spills would not enter drainage systems (dry rivers and tributaries) or storm water. Consider barriers (bunds, concrete floors, berms etc) or other containment systems.
  • Most of all, address the root cause of the spill-causing problem (e.g replacing faulty valve, modification of equipment etc) rather than the symptoms (repairing faulty valve and using wrongly designed equipment).

 Needless to say, the similarities between this list and many other spill-safety lists are striking and universal, from preparing spillkits with very strong absorbent products to identifying the at-risk areas around the worksite.

So while spill safety may not be the first thing that comes to mind when addressing mine safety and health overall, its importance both now and into the future cannot be understated. Spills, after all, can affect both the environment and the health of the miners. That’s why it is our hope that as mining technology and safety laws continue to evolve, so will the spill risk assessments and procedures in place at mining sites.

4 Tools To Help Evaluate, Develop And Improve Safety Culture At Work

Have you ever heard the term “safety culture” used in a conversation about your job?

Safety culture at work has been a very important topic for managers and industry leaders since the 1980s, when the Chernobyl disaster struck in the Ukraine. The term specifically refers to the ways in which safety is managed in the workplace, as well as the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety at their job. [1]

A culture of safety can definitely be developed within any job and any industry, however, given the vast differences in jobs across industries today, the needs of one company’s safety culture will naturally be different than the needs of another. A fuel distributor, for example, won’t face the same on-the-job risks as a bank.

Fortunately, plenty of resources are available to help any company looking to develop, improve or clarify its safety culture do just that. Here’s just a sampling of the safety culture tools available for use in 2014 by a wide range of industries:

  1. The Safety Maturity Index: Understanding that a stronger culture of safety leads to a higher profit in addition to cutting down on the number of at-work injuries, Rockwell Automation recently released a tool designed to help “companies understand their current level of performance and steps they can take to improve safety and profitability.” [2] The tool examines three main areas in its evaluations: Culture (the measurement of behavioral aspects of a company, including values, priorities, attitudes, incentives, and beliefs); Compliance (the measurement of procedural aspects of a company); and Capital (the measurement of technical aspects of a company). We definitely respect this tool for its holistic approach to the concept of a safer culture at work.
  2. Safety Culture Snapshot: Designed to be an introductory tool that assists in assessing and understanding your workplace’s safety culture’s points and goals, Snapshot is a New Zealand-based tool that can definitely benefit any company. In addition to its overview and survey, Snapshot offers briefings, sample coaching cards for use in training, action planning templates, and user guides to anyone utilizing the tool’s services. Snapshot may be a great tool to add to your company, especially if you’re at the beginning of developing your safety culture.
  3.  The Safety Climate Tool (SCT): SCT is a survey-based software tool that helps companies measure their safety culture and provides evidence-based improvement suggestions. What we like about SCT is that its setup maps the current state of safety culture in a work environment based on 40 key statements and how those factor into eight major categories related to attitudes and behaviors regarding safety. It’s a great tool to evaluate exactly where your safety culture stands in time right now. Best of all, as of last year it’s available online. As an added bonus the SCT has been released in multiple languages, refleting the popularity of the Health and Safety Laboratory’s tool.
  4. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) eTool: When in doubt, turn to OSHA, an administration dedicated to finding and developing resources to help companies stay safe while also following legal safety requirements. OSHA’s tool is designed to help companies develop a stronger safety culture and implement better safety policies based on four major questions; as an added bonus, often these tools can help bring a company’s safety standards up passed the minimal requirements placed on them by local laws. The way we see it, it’s a win-win.

We hope that you’ll consider using these tools as you look for improvements to make at work in the coming months. Remember: a solid safety culture is a must-have at your company this year. Not only do safety cultures improve actual safety – they also have positive impacts on worker productivity, and retention rates.

Which tool do you think you’ll end up using to address your own needs? Let us know in the comments!

This Year, Be Prepared For All Spills, Big Or Small

At SpillFix, we understand that the effects of a spill have more than one potential negative consequence. Fuel spills, oil spills, liquid spills, and even paint spills – just to name a few types of spills – can all cause a variety of problems. For example, spills can:

  • Waste the time and resources of your staff, employees and company during efforts to clean the spill up.
  • Pose a hazard to the people exposed to them.
  • Cause production or delivery delays as all efforts and put into the clean-up process.
  • Cause disruptions not only for the employees involved in the spill, but for the administrations of the company or companies involved who may need to explain the trouble to third parties.

In the worse case scenarios, some spills – like fuel spills, oil spills, and chemical spills – can create environmental hazards that put not just staff in danger, but all potentially affect local wildlife populations and even members of the general public who live near the spill.

A common thread in all of these cases is that a spill, no matter how big or small, can create incredible hassles and disruptions in the lives of a company’s staff and the local community alike. These disruptions, and the health hazards even a small spill carry, are why even minor spills can have major costs for companies and their staff.

As concerns for public safety and the environment continue to increase, companies need to ensure that they have quick, effective solutions on hand that will help them clean up any spill of any size at any time. Spill preparation and management strategies are especially necessary at any business that is involved with the production or transportation of a variety of substances, including but not limited too:

* Fuels (Petrol, Diesel, AV Gas)

* Mineral, Vegetable Lubricants

* Cutting Fluids

* Cooking Oils

* Solvents

* Water – Based Chemicals

* Pesticides & Herbicides

* Mild Corrosives (Acids & Caustics)

* Liquid Organic Waste


But how to ensure that your spill kit meets the proper guidelines? Our best advice is to follow the rules laid out by OSHA and other labor departments when designing your spill kit; after all, a kit designed to tackle fuel spills may differ slightly than one designed to handle certain chemicals.

Whatever spill kit you’re designing, though, a few key items you will always need to consider are the safety materials you must include to protect your staff, and the best absorbent product designed to tackle whatever spill you’re expecting to face. Often absorbent products come in sheets, pads, rolls, and other similar types of products; the best adsorbents are environmentally-friendly, easy to use, quick to absorb, and very cost effective for their cost. The question, then, is: how do you know if the absorbent product you elevauate meets those criteria?

We’re proud to say that SpillFix easily meets all of those requires, and also reduces the complexity of the clean-up process of not only most liquid-based spills, but also mild chemical spills. Best of all, after use, SpillFix is easy to dispose of and won’t leak its absorbed spill products back into the environment. We highly recommend integrating SpillFix into your spill response routine and your spill kit. You can learn more about SpillFix by visiting our website, as well as watching this one-minute exploration of SpillFix, how it works, and why it’s the perfect product for any company that may face a spill and clean-up process of any kind at any time.


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