What SpillFix Product Is Right For Your Business?

Image courtesy of SpillFix

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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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.

3 Causes Of Back Pain At Work – And How To Prevent It

Persistent back pain can make it impossible to focus when at work. It can also make it impossible to actually complete your tasks. Unfortunately, many industries put a lot of strain on the back, increasing the chances of workers suffering from a range of issues, including minor aches to severe injury. Whether minor or severe, though, back pain is not something anyone wants. Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid it, thereby helping to make your job safer and more enjoyable for you.

 

What causes back pain?

There are many things that can lead to back pain. The most common sources of back pain are:

  • lifting loads that are too heavy
  • lifting loads or items improperly
  • repeating improper movements over and over; by doing movements repetitively, you can cause inflammation to your joints and tendons, contributing to your risk of developing tendonitis or bursitis.

If you think something else is causing your back pain at work, take some time to evaluate that possibility as well. Once you understand what is causing your pain, you can usually easily change your actions or work with your employer to ensure you aren’t inflicting that pain upon yourself.

 

How can you avoid causing pain?

If you find that improper lifting, posture or other bad habits are the cause of your back pain, you can get to work on addressing this issue by doing the following:

Keep your body in good shape. By incorporating strength building exercises into your daily routine, you can train your body to better handle the force of lifting heavy objects. The tricks you pick up at the gym will also come in handy at work. Before lifting an object on the job, you should warm your body up with some stretches. This will increase your flexibility, your range of motion and your ability to lift and carry objects in the moment. These stretches are not only good to perform before strenuous activity, but also after, to help keep your muscles in good form.

Pay attention to your posture before you begin lifting. Bad posture is a common cause of back pain. Keeping your back straight and your head up will prevent you from arching your back which can cause injury. You should also avoid twisting while lifting, which can strain the back. Additionally, ifpossible, start with the object between your feet so that you won’t have to reach in order to lift the object. Finally, always keep the load close to your waist while lifting. This lessens the force placed on your back which lessens the possibility of injury.

Take frequent, short breaks in between activity. Taking short and frequent breaks  is better for your muscles than resting for longer periods of time. This is because your body needs some time to recuperate after lifting heavy things. By giving your muscles more opportunities to recover, you’ll be better able to lift more heavy objects.


While you may think these steps are too much hassle, remember that back pain is a common ailment in every industry, even office workers. That means these tricks are appropriate for any worker, in any industry. By preparing yourself beforehand and exhibiting proper technique, you can prevent serious injuries. (And remember, no matter where you work, the most important thing you can do is to listen to your body. If you notice discomfort, address it immediately to determine what the problem is and fix it before it can cause a serious problem.)

Spillfix: Great For The Environment, Great For Your Bottom Line

As we mentioned last week, being environmentally responsible can be beneficial not only for the Earth, but for your business as well. Being proactive in conservation and recycling paves the way for a better future for younger generations, while also appealing to local neighbors and consumers, who might otherwise frown upon your business’ wasteful habits. Another important step to take when attempting to go green and be environmentally responsible, however, is using products at your place of work that create less waste.

It can be difficult to find products that match up with those goals of conservation, particularly within the industrial businesses we regularly work with. To help meet this need, we set out to create an environmentally responsible product that would help make your business better also. The result? SpillFix, a product that every company should consider investing in – for four key reasons:

  1. Spillfix is created from an organic renewable resource: coconut husks! Because we use a sustainable resource, the earth’s other limited reserves aren’t being depleted. Over 70 million coconut husks are produced in Asia each year, and no coconut trees are cut down in the process of manufacturing Spillfix, leaving the trees to sprout more coconuts for future use. All of these things make Spillfix the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product available.
  2. Because we manufacture Spillfix in local factories located inside the coconut plantations, waste from shipping and transportation of the raw materials is drastically reduced. Therefore, diffusion of pollutants into the atmosphere is diminished and the carbon footprint of our product is minimized.
  3. Spillfix has been tested against the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal making it safe for disposal in landfills (although you should always check with local authorities to verify whether or not your local laws contain additional rules to comply with). Also, Spillfix is still usable after its life-cycle has worn out, as the hydrocarbons absorbed after its use can be used as a fuel source in energy producing incinerators.
  4. Spillfix is biologically stable and free of harmful micro-organisms. Because of this, when SpillFix is discarded, it can create a perfect environment for the biodegrading organisms to develop – all while steadily holding onto any material it has absorbed, protecting the environment from any previously absorbed spills. So instead of damaging the environment when disposing of SpillFix, it can actually improve it.


These four features of SpillFix highlight why SpillFix is the best choice for industrial absorbent. It’s non-harmful to the environment when you dispose of it. Producing it doesn’t negatively impact the coconut trees or the environment. And being made from coconut husks means it’s a renewable resource. SpillFix is environmentally responsible and using it will help your business make the step towards being environmentally friendly.

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.

How SpillFix Protects the Environment While Protecting Workers

Protecting workers from dangerous, accidental spills is our foremost concern. But if we can provide an effective spill absorbent product while taking care of our planet, why shouldn’t we?

That philosophy is why the SpillFix team works so hard to treat our planet with respect while creating our absorbent product. Here’s just a few of the ways we’ve gone green with SpillFix:

  1. We Use Renewable Resources To The Fullest

    Image courtesy of spillfix.com

    Image courtesy of spillfix.com

SpillFix’s base ingredient, coir, is extracted from the hairy husk of the coconut fruit. Our combined production facilities have access to over 18 billion coconut husks annually, spread across three countries. Instead of logging the coconut-producing palm trees completely, harvesters climb the trunks to extract the fruit in the most environmentally stable way possible. No trees are cut down, nor are any pulping or mining processes required to produce SpillFix, making it the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product available.

  1. We Produce A Small Carbon Footprint

For other companies, transporting resources to factories is one of the biggest energy consuming parts of the production process. SpillFix is manufactured right at our factories, which are located within coconut plantations. This means minimal transportation of the raw material (coconut husks) to the processing plant is required. Plus, our environmentally aware production employs low energy processes. Ultimately, reducing both our energy consumption and carbon footprint means less amounts of harmful pollutants are put into our atmosphere.

  1. We Clean Up responsibly From Start To Finish

A key feature of SpillFix is the way that it thoroughly absorb hydrocarbon spills by encapsulating a spill and trapping it inside its hollow channel structure , This same feature is why SpillFix provides a perfect environment for the development of bio-degrading organisms that can oxidize the adsorbed hydrocarbons faster than the biodegradation of the organic SpillFix itself. In fact, SpillFix industrial organic absorbent product has been tested to the US EPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal (of course, you should always check with local disposal regulations as well). The result? SpillFix is not likely to leak any absorbed product into a landfill, making it environmentally friendly even after use.

Going green is more than a trend – it’s a cost-saving, safer alternative for businesses looking to avoid unnecessary messes and fines. The next time you’re shopping to restock your company’s absorbent product,  take a moment to consider SpillFix’s renewable resource makeup, its small carbon producing procedure, and its ability to be disposed of safely. This absorbent truly is the best choice for businesses looking for an effective and environmentally friendly product.

 

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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