What SpillFix Product Is Right For Your Business?

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Image courtesy of SpillFix

Whenever we talk about an absorbent product, we should always think of that absorbent product as a tool. Like any other tool, when it comes to cleaning up spills at work most of the time one kind of absorbent product will do a better job than another. And as with any other type of tool, different absorbent products will work better on different spills than another type of absorbent product might. Not only that, but the type of absorbent product you use will impact your company’s effectiveness, overall safety, and performance.

SpillFix is just one kind of absorbent product that you may decide to use to clean up fuel spills, chemical spills, or a range of other types of spills. But when exactly is it appropriate to use SpillFix? Today we’ll answer those questions so you can make sure you’re cleaning up spills to the best of your abilities.

What is SpillFix?

SpillFix Industrial Absorbent is a organic, non-toxic absorbent made from coir which is a renewable resource extracted from coconut husks. SpillFix is currently available in both loose, bagged form and boom sock form.

When should I use loose SpillFix absorbent product?

Loose absorbent products are used to clean up most liquid spills at work, and are particularly helpful when you need to clean up a spill that has leaked into cracks and seams that a larger, solid absorbent product couldn’t reach. While some types of loose absorbent products have a bad reputation for containing dangerous crystalline silica and for being dusty and difficult to sweep or shovel up afterwards and generally cumbersome to use, SpillFix removes dust from the equation and, as demonstrations show, is quick and easy to pick up and dispose of.

When should I use SpillFix booms?

If you have a large liquid spill quickly spreading that needs to be simultaneously contained and absorbed, a boom will help you get the job done. Commonly used to contain water-based oil spills, booms are also very effective to use on other kinds of spills that happen at your place of work – both indoors and outdoors. SpillFix booms are especially useful since no spill can be cleaned before it’s been properly contained, meaning that in the event of a spill a boom is a necessity.

As you can see, every worksite needs different spill products to address different spill-related needs. Assessing your workplace and deciding which products meet your safety needs is critical in determining which products to purchase to keep your worksite safe at all times.
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5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Clay Products

There’s no doubt that spills in the workplace should be properly contained and cleaned with a spill absorbent product. However, not all absorbent products are created equally. Clay absorbent products, for example, can do more harm than good in the workplace. That’s why if your company still uses a clay absorbent, you should start thinking about making the switch to a more natural spill absorbent to protect your business, your workers, and your bottom line.

Don’t believe us? Here are five major reasons to consider making this switch today:

  1. Clay absorbent products are damaging.

Clay absorbents are made of small, rough grains. The sharp, abrasive edges of these grains could destroy floors during cleanup. Because you have to spread clay absorbent products around to clean spills, the granules sometimes scratch coated floors or sensitive machine parts causing more harm than good.

  1. Clay absorbent products are hard to lift.

A lot of clay absorbent bags are bulky and weigh about 45 pounds, making the cleanup hard to handle for workers. Not to mention, absorbed liquid in used clay absorbents can add additional pounds. Investing in a lightweight absorbent, like SpillFix, will be easier on your workers’ backs.

  1. Clay absorbent products are messy.

The absorption rate of clay products isn’t as good as most people claim. Most of the time, workers end up using the whole bag of absorbent – or close to it – to clean a small spill. Even then, slippery residue can remain on the ground and create a work safety hazard. Non-clay absorbents, such as SpillFix, start absorbing liquids as soon the material touches the spill so you only need to use a small amount of spill absorbent product to get the job done.

  1. Clay absorbent products are difficult to dispose of.

On top of clay absorbents requiring more work in terms of sweeping and shoveling up the absorbent, it is almost impossible to dispose of the used product quickly or efficiently. Unlike other spill absorbent products, used clay absorbents cannot be burned, and therefore must be stored in containers and disposed of via long tedious procedures. When SpillFix is used to clean oil or fuel spills, it can be disposed of easily and even transformed into a fuel source for other machinery.

  1. Clay absorbents are harmful to your health.

In addition to all the aforementioned reasons, clay absorbent products can pose a dangerous health risk to workers. The dust associated with clay absorbents contains crystalline silica – a known lung carcinogen. By using clay products, workers put themselves at risk for a number of lung diseases.

What can be used instead of clay absorbents?

Absorbents made from renewable resources are probably your best bet. For example, SpillFix is made from coir, a renewable resource from coconut husks. Because SpillFix uses this material, it is more lightweight, absorbent, and healthier for workers. Switching absorbent products now will save your business, your employees, and yourself a lot of time and hassle in the future.

6 Things to Consider When Storing Chemicals

When you work in an industry that handles chemicals, there are safety precautions that need to be taken. As we’ve discussed previously, having a full spill kit on hand is imperative when dealing with dangerous chemicals. However, the handling of those chemicals is equally as important. In addition to ensuring that you are meeting national and local legal requirements, exercising caution and care while managing chemicals can help protect your employees and your bottom line from the effects of a harmful spill.

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

While your company may find that additional requirements will help make your workplaces safer, at least following these 6 tips will help to keep any chemicals and liquids you might be working with contained and safely stored:

  1. Use labels and keep paperwork in order. Chemical manufacturers are required Under OSHA’s Hazard Communication standards to label chemicals in the workplace based on any hazards they might pose. A Material Safety Data Sheet must also be provided for each and every chemical.
  2. Keep inventory. Keeping an updated inventory on any on-site chemicals, as well as any safety information needed for individual chemicals, will help keep track of what is stored in your facility and ensure that your staff knows how best to handle each chemical. An inventory is also needed in the event of a fire or chemical spill where the fire department has to be called. Emergency personnel will need an updated list of the chemicals in the facility to better assess how to handle the situation.
  3. Use a well organized storage system. The best storage method for keeping chemicals is to store them by type. Storing them alphabetically could cause a problem if some of the chemicals are incompatible with each other. Flammables, corrosives, and toxic chemicals are a few types of chemicals that commonly cause problems when stored with other chemicals. Storing by type can prevent any accidental contact that could cause a fire or worse, an explosion. Make sure each chemical family is separated by either a non-combustible partition or at least 20 feet of space.
  4. Use safe storage materials. Any corrosive liquids should be kept in acid containers to ensure that mutually reactive chemicals can’t accidentally come in contact with one another. They should also be kept within secondary corrosive-resistant containers.
  5. Schedule safety checks. Frequently do checkups of any containers or drums of oil and chemicals. Over time, containers or drums could develop leaks. If left unmended these can cause serious damage and possibly result in injury. In the event of a leak, use a drip pan to catch the leaked chemical until the storage unit can be properly mended or replaced entirely.
  6. Create a Chemical Hygiene Plan. A Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is another must for chemical-handling organizations. A CHP is “a written program stating the policies, procedures and responsibilities that protect workers from the health hazards associated with the hazardous chemicals used in that particular workplace.” Keeping a CHP updated and keeping everyone informed on them will prevent an unnecessary injury.

By keeping chemicals safely contained and stored, and making it easy for employees to handle and address them, you can prevent dangerous spills that could cause serious problems. Proper containment is important for preventing dangerous spills which could lead to fires and explosions. The safety of those working in the facility is of the utmost importance, therefore preventing a hazardous emergency should be the priority.

Sources Cited:

OSHA

University of California Berkley

SpillKits: Why Every Work Site Needs One

A couple of weeks ago we spoke about spill preparedness and how to best respond in the event of a chemical spill. Part of being prepared for a spill includes having the proper tools on hand to contain and then clean the spill. One of the most important tools you can have on hand in preparation for this possible need are spill kits.

Spill kits are fantastic tools for anyone working with oils, acids, fuels and other liquids that could spill or leak in any number of locations, such as warehouses, factories, refineries, auto shops, garages, and even hospitals. And that’s only a few of the places that can experience liquid spills!

If your worksite handles liquids of some sort, specifically hazardous ones, then your worksite also needs a full spill kit that can handle your site’s potential needs. To get that spill kit, it’s good practice to develop a personalized spill response emergency kit that’s designed just for your worksite.  While pre-made spill kits can be helpful, they don’t necessarily include all of the tools that cater to specific work site needs – or wants.

To ensure that your worksite is properly prepared for a potential spill, remember to think about these things when crafting your personalized spill kit:

  • If your organization is an environmentally friendly one, or if it’s trying to become a greener workspace, a pre-made spill kit might not have the tools needed to adhere to those standards. You may be better off creating kits entirely from scratch, depending on your company’s commitment to environmental policies.
  • If your organization is looking to improve worker safety, there’s a chance that some pre-made spill kits will contain products with harmful chemicals or by-products such as silica dust, which your company may not necessarily want on-site. Take the time to research any products that are currently available before buying them.
  • If your organization handles multiple kinds of liquids, pre-made spill kits may not necessarily guarantee that every spill control product you want will be available when you need it; by making your own spill kits and restocking them with items that you know are necessary to your specific company, your organization will always have a customer spill kit that holds everything that you could possibly need.

These factors highlight why personalizing your workspace is a must for safer worksites. Though it’s tempting to just run on autopilot buy pre-made spill kits as needed, your company will be better off if it invests the time, energy and money into researching and even developing custom-made spill kits containing spill products that will meet your work site’s specific needs when used. It may be that pre-made spill kits do in fact meet your company’s every need! Ultimately, though, your company can only benefit from taking the time to ensure that its spill kits are meeting their every need – and that those kits will be enough in a worse-case scenario spill or accident.

Chemical Absorbents: What You Should Know

When you work in an industry that deals with chemicals it’s imperative that you also have the means to clean up those chemicals in the event of a spill. If you have a chemical absorbent on hand, you will protect those working with chemicals. Not only that, but you will meet legal requirements for safety and cut down on the time it would take to clean up the spill.

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What is needed in the event of a major spill? There are many different kinds of absorbent products that can be used to clean up a spill, from pads to rolls to sorbents. Each type of product serves a different purpose and performs a different job in the event of a spill. Here at SpillFix, we offer two forms of absorbent products: boom socks and a bagged product.

Boom socks are perfect for corralling a spill before it can spread out. These long, absorbent socks can be placed in the path of a moving spill to halt the spread, preventing it from growing larger and causing bigger problems. Plus, the material used to make absorbent socks has unique wicking properties that stop the flow of the spill while absorbing the chemical up.

With two size bags of absorbent, you have the ability to soak up any size spill. The 50 litre bag has the capacity to absorb spills of up to 26 litres while the 15 litre bag has the capacity to absorb 9.5 litres. With our bags of absorbent material you can quickly soak up a spill

What to do in the event of a spill? It’s important to have an emergency procedure in place for when a chemical spill occurs.

  • Remove all nonessential personnel from the area. Anyone not involved in the cleanup should leave the area of the spill to prevent them from getting in the away and heightening the problem.
  • Do not touch the chemical spill. Until the chemical has been identified as being not harmful, it’s important not to come in contact with the spill.
  • Anyone cleaning up the spill should don the proper coverings and safety equipment.
  • Decontaminate any equipment, tools and employees who may have gotten chemicals on them or their person.

Chemical spills are serious and could be incredibly harmful to people and the environment if it makes its way down a drain. The most important thing is to be prepared. By having the right absorbent products on hand you will always be prepared for a big spill.

4 Ways Your Business Can Become More Environmentally Responsible

45 years ago on April 22nd, the modern environmental movement was conceived. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, wanted to ignite a passion for conservation in people after the 1969 oil spill in California, which killed thousands of sea-going animals and plants, permanently damaging the area’s aquatic ecosystem. Since then, the Earth Day and green living movements have continued to grow. But in order to maintain that passion for caring for the environment today, it’s important for business owners – not just individual citizens – to take part in efforts to become a little greener. Fortunately, by following these 4 simple tips, you can begin to make your own business more environmentally responsible and help make a positive impact on the world.

1) Start small.

Simple things such as encouraging employees not to run the water while washing their hands or installing timed lights in your business’ building can make a huge environmental difference. As another example, business can also replace paper towels in bathrooms with blow dryers, which will free up storage space that once held large quantities of paper towels while reducing the amount of waste produced in your workspace. Small things like this add up to huge savings not only for your business, but for the environment.

2) Plant trees to offset your business’ carbon footprint.

Trying to boost your business’ green practices and image? Participate in a local tree planting event. In addition to making a positive impression in your area, you’ll possibly make a decent impact on your carbon footprint, as each tree that’s planted can absorb as much as 48 lbs. of carbon dioxide in a year. We recommend partnering up with organizations such as Carbon Fund to offset your carbon emissions. They even provide a calculator to estimate the amount of carbon your business emits into the atmosphere here.

 

3) Offer alternatives.

In addition to taking steps to go green internally, business’ that sell products or services have additional opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment. One thing they can do is offer eco-friendly options, such as bio-diesel, non-toxic paints, and products made with organic materials. Doing so can encourage consumers to choose the environmentally responsible options, and will allow your business to make an even stronger positive impact on the environment.

 

4) Follow the 3 R’s.

Business’ that want to get a little greener should definitely reduce, reuse and recycle at every opportunity. Reusing old materials or scraps in a responsible and safe fashion reduces the amount of things that need to be thrown away at the end of the day. Responsibly disposing of your waste can also significantly diminish your environmental impact; to ensure that you do responsibly dispose of your worksite’s tools, always check national and local safety laws and guidelines to see what the recommended disposal process is. Special services exist to help dispose of more harmful materials; some services, such as Battery Recycling, will even pick up the materials from your site and recycle the parts for future use.


Using these four pieces of advice will go a long way in greenifying your business. Business owners who want to make as positive an impact on the environment as possible should also educate their employees on the benefits of making responsible environment-related decisions. With the right guidance, your employees’ decisions can positively impact not only the environment, but your organization. With 71% of American workers wanting to work for a leader who is environmentally responsible, now is the time to begin working with your employees and making greener business decisions. By doing so, you will see a difference in all aspects of business.

Companies Must Prepare and Equip Employees For Offsite Spills

Workplace safety is a term that is relevant beyond the office or warehouse environment. In fact any employee in your chain of production and distribution is under your care. If your company transports products out to fuel distributors, liquid distributors or oil distributors, then the chances are that you understand this better than most.

Employees involved in the transportation of fuel, liquid, oil, or chemicals are some of the most underappreciated members in the business world. These men and women are often responsible not only for the safe transport of these valuable goods, but also for responding to an emergency in a way that both protects their own health and eliminates the risk of causing harm to the public or the environment.

Today, these employees are likely either involved in the transport of these goods by train, by truck, by oil tanker, or more often by pipeline. Each of these methods of transport have pros and cons; all of them, in an emergency, have the potential to accidentally release liquid, oil, chemical or fuel spills into the environment.

With this in mind, there are two major safety steps any company that transports these goods must take.

First, they must take responsibility to properly train their employees in responding to emergency situations, especially in case local authorities near a potential spill or accident are not properly equipped to handle the situation themselves.

Second, they must also provide their employees with the proper tools to respond to a potential emergency or spill.

These tools could include everything and anything from full Hazmat suits to a basic absorbent product, depending on the nature of what exactly is being moved. In any case, any company that moves fuel, liquid, oil, or chemicals to fuel distributors, liquid distributors, oil distributors, and other sites should always have several properly prepared spillkits on standby during transport for use in an emergency.

There are many safety groups and government offices that can help a company develop the right spillkit for their needs. After a plan has been developed it’s just a matter of the company purchasing the right absorbents in the right amounts. We recommend including SpillFix products in any spillkit; made from coconut husks, SpillFix offers a renewable resource-based cleaning product that promises not to cause any damage during a clean-up in an emergency or after it’s disposed. SpillFix also works far better than the average clay-based absorbent, absorbing any spilled liquid to actually stopping liquid in its path down an incline. Just click below to see a video demonstration:

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With the right training and the right tools, your company’s employees can be the first responders to the scene of an accident – and could even potentially keep that accident from becoming even bigger. Don’t wait: make sure that your safety lists, and your spillkits, are as up to date as possible today.

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