What SpillFix Product Is Right For Your Business?

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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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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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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.

SpillFix

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.

Making The Transportation Of Fuel, Oil, And Chemicals Safer

Nowadays, employees work all over the place – not just in one single building. While many workers still reside in a single garage, workshop, or office location, others travel the country transporting essential tools and goods all over America. While workplace safety standards are certainly important for those in a building, it’s imperative that there are also policies in place for those who transport dangerous materials – such as fuel, oil, and chemicals.

Those who operate the big rigs carrying these materials sometimes fall under the radar. It’s easy to overlook the safety of an employee who you don’t see often. However, these drivers are a valuable part of your team and, as such, must be prepared for emergencies, the same as your on-site workers.

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Most transportation employees do their jobs in trains, trucks, tankers or pipelines. While each of these methods have their own pros and cons, one thing is the same across the board – all of them, in an emergency, have the potential to accidentally release 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.

1. Make Time To Properly Train Your Workers.

Don’t skip out on educating your employees on how to properly handle a spill situation. Accidents can happen, even to the most experienced of staff members., Because of this, it’s always important to train your workers so that they know how to control a bad situation. This skill may even come in handy if local authorities near a potential spill or accident are not properly equipped to handle the situation themselves.

2. Equip Your Workers With The Proper Equipment.

Depending on what your employee is hauling, proper equipment can mean anything from a comprehensive response plan to a simple spill kit; most rudimentary spill kits will include some type of absorbent product, a sturdy broom or shovel, and contractor bags. However, a more comprehensive package could include hazmat suits, safety gloves, and goggles. Ultimately, no matter what they’re hauling, all transportation employees should have the equipment necessary to efficiently clean any sized oil, chemical, and fuel spill in the event of an emergency.

After deciding what your business needs in a spill kit, the rest comes down to making the purchase decisions. There are a lot of options out there, but we recommend including SpillFix products in any spill kit; made from coconut husks, SpillFix offers a renewable resource-based cleaning product that promises not to cause any damage during a cleanup 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.

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 safety training, lists, and spill kits are as up to date as possible today for all of your employees, on- and off-site.

 

Five Ways To Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

A huge trend in the marketplace right now is finding ways to make your business more environmentally friendly. By working to save the environment, your organization can help our planet thrive while gaining a new customer base in the process. Thankfully, “Going Green” doesn’t always have to mean spending a lot of your precious time making major changes to your business. There are plenty of little, effective changes that a business can make in order to become more eco-friendly. Here are just five things that will make your headquarters, policies and more a little greener:

1. Switch Your Lighting – Is your company still using incandescent bulbs for light fixtures? Now’s the time to make a switch. By installing fluorescent lighting, you could reduce the amount of electricity you’re using in your facility. Plus, fluorescent bulbs last up to seven times longer than the incandescent lighting choices. After making the switch, your company could do more than help save  the environment – it could also save on its electric and utilities bill.

2. Do A Power Sweep – At the end of the day, the last thing you probably want to do is a final sweep of your building. However, if you’re trying to conserve electricity, checking all the electronics and tools during a final sweep of the building will help make your facilities more eco-friendly. Before you leave for the day, go back over your workspace to make sure your computer is turned off and all your equipment is powered down for the day. It may take an extra few minutes to power up in the morning, but the planet and your electricity bill with thank you.

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3. Add Recycling Bins – One of the best ways to help the environment is to reduce, reuse, and recycle old materials. So, instead of tossing empty water bottles or old soda cans after a lunch break, proactively place recycling bins around the area. Encouraging your employees to recycle can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and will conserve other natural resources used to make new plastics and other products.

4. Encourage Carpooling – Creating a carpooling program at your office can also help protect the environment. With fewer cars on the road, lower amounts of greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere. For those who carpool, management could offer perks such as preferred parking or extra PTO (paid time off).

5. Use Eco-Friendly Products – Business owners should also be double checking company products to make sure the product choices are up to environmentally friendly standards. For example, SpillFix natural absorbent products are environmentally safe to use when cleaning up all kinds of fuel spills. This product can also be used many times before throwing away or being burned for additional fuel. Investing in better tools just as SpillFix will go a long way in “greenifying” your business.

Overall, changing some of your business’ policies and product  to environmentally friendly alternatives can aid in a lot of your organization’s goals. Remember, it’s not just about working to save the planet; becoming eco-friendly can inspire new customers to visit your business and save you money in the long run.

Keeping Yourself And Your Power Tools Safe

After working with tools day in and day out, handling work equipment often becomes second nature to employees. Unfortunately, when this type of mindset sets in, people don’t always remember to take the extra steps needed to properly care for their tools. However, failing to do this is a mistake, as properly tending to tools (especially power tools) with care ensures that devices lasts for a longer period of time – which is better for your company’s bottom line.

Additionally, taking the proper steps to handle power tools correctly reduces the risk of worker injury. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that 400 electrocution accidents happen every year. They also report that faulty products (including power tools) attribute to almost 15 percent of those shocks.

Damaged cords alone cause a lot of electrocution problems for workers. Fortunately, avoiding cord damage in the first place can easily improve worker safety at your business. To prevent future cord damage:

  • Carry Tools Properly – When transporting tools, works should either carry them by the handle or transfer them using a box. Never hold tools by their cord, as this can cause damage to the equipment.
  • Unplug Tools From The Outlet – After each use, always unplug tools by firmly grasping the plug closest to the outlet. Never yank the cord. Handling the cord this way will reduce the risk of damage to the cord as well as the plug.
  • Keep Cords Away From Dangers – Before starting up your power tool, make sure your cord is far enough away from heat sources, fuel spills, and sharp objects to avoid damaging the tool – doing so prevents frayed wires and fire hazards.

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In addition to taking the time to ensure the power tool won’t shock an employee, it’s important to remember that power tools can also cause damage in other ways. Old parts and accidental starts can cause a worker to be cut or punctured without warning. To prevent these kinds of accidents, we suggest that employees:

  • Continuously Perform Proper Maintenance – To keep your power tools working at top performance, purchase new parts on a regular schedule. Keeping up with a maintenance schedule reduces the risk of rust buildup and outdated parts damaging the tool. Also remember to regularly clean the device to prevent premature damage due to worksite by product buildup.
  • Gather Safety Materials – When operating power tools, wear fitted gloves, safety goggles, and ear plugs to help prevent unexpected injuries. Also, workers should always locate important pieces of safety equipment (such as fire extinguishers and spill absorbent products) before beginning their work.
  • Locate The Power Switch – Know where the manufacture installed the power switch on the power tool before plugging it in to avoid unintentionally turning it on. Then, make sure you keep your hands away from the area until you’re ready to begin the job.
  • Properly Mark Unsafe Tools –  If a power tool is found to be unsafe – frayed cords, outdated parts, etc. – clearly mark it as such and store it away from other tools until it can be disposed of properly.

As you can see, properly caring for your tools is easy for people in all occupations. By following these simple tips, anyone can care for their power tools and safely reduce the risk of injury to employees.

Four Facts You Might Not Know About SpillFix

Browsing through our SpillFix website will show that SpillFix is a natural spill absorbent product made especially with blue collar workers in mind. But there are still a few things about this innovative product you may not be aware of. We want you to know exactly what SpillFix has to offer you and your business, so here are four facts you might not be aware of about our absorbent product.

1. SpillFix Is Made Out Coconuts.

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SpillFix is primarily made out of coir, a renewable resource harvested from coconut husks. By creating our product through this process, we’ve reduced our impact on the environment and ensured we’ll always have ways to meet the demands of our customers.

2. SpillFix Is Safe For Worker’s Lungs.

Compared to clay absorbent products, SpillFix is a safer alternative for cleaning workplace spills. Silica dust, a damaging health chemical normally present in clay absorbents, is absent from our product. Because of this, businesses can rest assured knowing spills will be cleaned without the risk of their workers falling ill.

3. SpillFix Saves Your Business Money.

SpillFix takes 85 percent less time and 80 percent less product clean spills. From a business perspective, when workers clean spills faster, that means the company wastes less money on employee downtime. Additionally, because SpillFix doesn’t require you to use as much product for one spill, SpillFix brand absorbent products last a lot longer than other products before you have to purchase a new bag.

4. SpillFix Disposal Is Easy.

If getting rid of used absorbent products stresses you out, we have good news – SpillFix disposal is quick and easy. SpillFix has already been tested to the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal (of course you would always want to check your local standards before disposing in a landfill). You could also burn SpillFix as a fuel source for incinerators if you used to product to clean hydrocarbon spills.

These are just a few reasons to purchase SpillFix absorbent products for your business. It just goes to show that even if you think you know it all, there’s always so much more you can learn about SpillFix.

 

Staying Fire Free In The New Year

Do you know about the most common fire hazards in your industry? There could be more dangers than you think. Every year, it’s estimated that 80,000 workplace fires seriously damage businesses and injure workers. For 2015, we want to help you and your business recognize and avoid common business place fire hazards, which will help you and your employees be as safe as possible. At SpillFix, we believe once you are aware of these three frequent fire risks, it’s much easier to avoid them later.

Oily Rags

When a fuel spill happens in your shop, reaching for a rag is normally the first thing that comes to mind. However, piles of oily rags become a very dangerous fire hazard in the workplace. Not only are the rags highly flammable, but some piles of rags have been known to get so warm they ignite themselves.

Instead of using a rag to clean workplace spills, we suggest investing in a spill kit with a professional absorbent product. They’re much more efficient at cleaning spills than work rags and, depending on whether or not the absorbent product meets your community’s waste disposal guidelines, they can be much easier to dispose of properly.

Old/Malfunctioning Equipment

How long have you been using the machinery at your factory? If a machine is over a couple decades old, you might be working around a fire hazard. Old and malfunctioning pieces of equipment are more likely to give off sparks when in use. If these sparks land in the wrong spot, you could have a fire on your hands that employees aren’t equipped to handle.

For the new year, we suggest seriously considering upgrading your machinery. At the very least, be sure to keep old equipment clean and free of clutter in case of sparks. Lastly, check wires and gears continuously to be sure the machine is working properly.

Clutter

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Even if you always remember to put your tools and materials away correctly, other types of clutter in the work area can act as fuel for a spreading fire. Files stacked on the floor and overflowing trash bins are just a couple of the worst culprits. Professional organizers also agree that too much clutter can be a dangerous fire hazard to buildings.

We suggest really taking the time to clean up your area this year. A potential fire shouldn’t be getting help from your office when spreading throughout a building. Your stack of papers in the corner might look intimidating now, but after taking the time to go through them, you might find things you forgot existed.

In addition to staying on the look out for these fire hazards, it is also important to have a clear safety plan in the event of a fire. All employees should be aware of where the fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits are located throughout the building. Following these tips will help you stay fire free in the new year.

3 Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation At Work

A good night’s sleep is essential to a productive day at work. According to the CDC, adults should be getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night in order to be fully rested during the day. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common to sacrifice these precious hours of sleep for more work hours. A recent study found that workers who recorded sleeping 6 hours or less per night also worked 1.5 more hours during the weekdays and 1.8 more hours during the weekends. Those who work two or more jobs are also 61% more likely to sleep less than the required amount of hours.

Unfortunately, when worker’s don’t get the recommended amount of sleep at night, sleep deprivation starts to set in. Signs of sleep deprivation include numerous symptoms such as:

  • Impaired brain activity
  • Memory problems
  • Moodiness
  • Weight gain
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure

All of these symptoms, especially impaired cognitive ability, affect the way workers perform at their jobs. When employees are fatigued, they pose potential risks to themselves and others depending on what the job entails.

Dropping Heavy Materials

In a lot of blue collar industries, workers are expected to carry, push, or pull heavy materials. In the construction industry, for example, workers regularly lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds. Because sleep loss affects your heart’s ability to function properly, it makes it much more difficult to lift heavy items. When things aren’t lifted properly, injuries to the back, arms, neck, or legs are the most common result – and when people aren’t sleeping properly, they also can’t recover from their injuries as quickly. Because of this, getting adequate sleep is vital for blue collar workers; and in addition to getting the recommended amount of sleep at night, workers should always use proper lifting techniques when carrying heavy items.

Mishandling of machinery equipment

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Most large machinery and equipment have stickers that warn workers against operating these vehicles while fatigued. There’s a reason these labels exist: when workers suffer from sleep deprivation, it’s all too easy to doze off while operating big rigs or other dangerous equipment. Employees that have been struck by mishandled equipment or caught in equipment make up about 13 percent of worker related injuries per year; a lack of sleep makes these scenarios much more likely. But by sleeping the recommended seven to eight hours as well as following all safety instructions on equipment,these numbers could drop.

Various workplace accidents

When workers are tired, various workplace mishaps and accidents are much more prevalent. For example, when fatigued, people tend to spill things more so than when they are properly rested. Because workers are drowsy, they sometimes bump into shelves or storage containers where materials are housed. When bottles of liquid such as oil, lubricants, or fuel spills, it’s important to clean them up quickly to avoid further accidents. We suggest using a good spill absorbent product that will clean up these materials quickly and efficiently.

In conclusion, it is very important to get the recommended amount of sleep per night. Although it may be tempting to stay up to get extra work done, staying in bed refreshes your body and mind for a hard day’s work – and ensures that you’ll be able to continue coming to work as long as possible.

 

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