Safety Spotlight: The Automotive Industry, Dealerships And Shops

While we all have a general idea about what the word “safety” means, ultimately different industries will have different specific definitions of this particular word. For example, “safety” for a desk worker won’t mean the same as safety for an airline pilot. Another example of an industry with a specific definition safety is the automotive industry, which includes dealerships, service centers, and individual auto shops – and this is the industry we want to shine a spotlight on today.

What does the term “safety” mean and encompass for those involved in the automotive industry?

The automotive industry defines safety as the following: when “users, operators or manufacturers do not face any risk or danger coming from the motor vehicle or its spare parts.” However, while taking certain safety steps and using the proper safety equipment is certainly important for the people working with cars on a regular basis, motor vehicles and their spare parts aren’t the only sources for safety concerns in this industry. Automobiles require a number of liquids – fuels, oils and more – to work and function properly. This means that when an automobile experiences problems, fuel spills, oil leaks and other slippery messes are a very real potential for two major types of hazards: workplace and environmental.

 What sorts of worker and environmental safety challenges does this industry face?

In addition to the risks associated with working around heavy pieces of machinery, automotive industry workers run the risk of dealing with loose or flying debris and various liquid spills that range in potential toxicity. Fuel spills, oil leaks, spent solvents and other liquid messes often become problematic because they pose a two sided risk. In addition to potentially harming a company’s employees, these spills can lead to environmental damage and EPA fines and supervision if they’re not addressed properly.

What can employees in the industry do to address these challenges?

Compliance with local and federal regulations combined with good housekeeping skills are the most important things any company can do to prevent and prepare for workplace accidents. To help make this happen, all automotive companies should invest in a strong safety culture that aims to prevent accidents before they happen. They should also be prepared for any accidents that could potentially happen, including fires, fuel spills, and so forth. This means that these groups need to stock up on the proper tools for the accidents they may face, including fire extinguishers, spill kits, a proper absorbent product, and more.

Ultimately, the best way to run a safe business in the automotive industry is to follow safety news, laws and regulations as directed by the EPA and other national safety organizations. Companies that want to know if their workspace is currently up to code should reach out to safety experts who can either provide a checklist of items to review, or who can physically come and inspect a dealership or garage’s property and provide a list of potential improvements. Legal assistance and the many free resources available through OSHA and similar organizations are also good places to go when attempting to brush up on safety tips.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dealership or garage’s safety tools? Let us know – we can help to point you in the right direction!

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When Should I Use SpillFix Absorbent Product?

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 often times one type 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 should you use SpillFix? And when should it be supplemented with other products? Today we’ll answer those questions so you can ensure that you’re using the best absorbent product for every incident you may come across while at work.

What exactly is SpillFix?

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SpillFix Industrial Absorbent is a type of organic, nontoxic absorbent that’s made from a renewable resource (coconut husks). SpillFix is currently available in a loose form (pictured below) and in boom form.

When should I use loose SpillFix absorbent product?

Loose absorbent products are used to clean up the majority of liquid spills at work, and are particularly helpful when you need to clean up a spill that’s leaked into cracks, crevices, and other small spaces that a larger, solid absorbent product can’t reach. While some types of loose absorbent products have earned a bad reputation for containing dangerous crystalline silica and for being dusty, difficult to sweep or shovel 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.

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When should I use SpillFix booms?

If you have a large liquid spill that needs to be simultaneously contained and absorbed, a boom will help you get the job done. Commonly recognized as a containment tool for water-based oil spills, booms are also very effective to use on 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.

What other absorbent products do I need to supplement my SpillFix products?

Mats, socks, and pillows are all different types of absorbent products that you should stock up on at your worksite to have in case you need them. Just like loose absorbent product items and booms, these different items help workers address spills in different ways:

  • Mats, which will soak up leaks and spills, can help protect work areas or be used during an assembly or other routine work process; they’re also typically very useful in smaller spaces such as aisles and can help reduce the risk of slipping when walking in and out of entranceways. Be sure to consider whether or not you want a roll of mats or pre-cut mats, as well as how absorbent or chemically resistant your mats are.
  • Socks, a sister product of booms, can effectively contain spills and prevent them from leaking from one area into another. Socks lock off spills and keep them from spreading throughout an area. Standard socks are smaller than booms and effectively wrap around machinery, and can help prevent larger spills by absorbing leaks under or around your work equipment. Socks are great small-scale tools to use when you don’t have a full-blown spill on your hands.
  • Absorbent pillows, while often not our first absorbent product of choice, still have their place in a spill clean-up arsenal thanks to their ability to absorb more spill than the average mat. Pillows are great for catching localized drips or leaks and even for absorbing large spills.

As you can see, every worksite needs different spill products to address different spill-related needs. Assessing your workplace and deciding which products which address your safety needs is critical in determining which products to purchase to keep your worksite safe at all times.

Questions? Concerns? Interested in learning more about SpillFix’s products? Just let us know in the comments!

3 Ways SpillFix Absorbent Product Will Save Your Business Money

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: switching to SpillFix is the best decision a company can make. Why? Because when it comes to absorbent products, nothing cleans a spill quite like SpillFix – and nothing saves you money quite like SpillFix, either.

Having the right tools to deal with oil spills, fuel spills, chemical spills, and even acid spills makes a big difference, in many ways. Not only do the right tools make the cleanup process much quicker and safer, but the right tools also make the process more affordable overall – and SpillFix certainly meets all of these criteria:

  • SpillFix is safer to use for your workers (and your equipment!). With SpillFix there is no post clean-up mess to handle as with heavy sticky clay or absorbent pads. And because SpillFix is a leak-free product, it reduces the chances of your workers being injured by or slipping on the material that’s being cleaned up. SpillFix is also dust free, which minimizes any side effects your workers may feel from using it. Not only that, but this trait makes SpillFix safer to use around workplace equipment. That’s worker comp time and equipment repairs or replacement funding that stays in your pocket, all thanks to a switch in your absorbent product lineup!
  • SpillFix is a multi-purpose cleaning tool. If you work around multiple types of spillable liquids you may currently buy more than one absorbent product. But why buy multiple cleaning products for your worksite if just one could do the trick? SpillFix can absorb a range of liquid spills, and as a result will work on fuel spills, acid spills, oil spills, and more (although certain heavy-duty chemicals or acids will still require special cleaning tools).
  • You need less SpillFix to clean. With SpillFix, you need almost 80% less product to absorb a spill as compared to clay based absorbents. Plus, due to its super absorbency, SpillFix can often be used for more than one spill. SpillFix will also take up to 85% less time to clean up a spill compared with clay based absorbents. Take these three points and combine them, and you have a product that will save you time and man-hours!
  • SpillFix can help cut disposal costs. Most absorbent products have to go through certain disposal channels; SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent, however, has been tested to the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal. Thought you should always confer with local authorities regarding proper disposal, SpillFix ultimately creates less waste and is landfill safe, providing lower disposal cost with no environmental impact.

Ultimately these four points combine to form a money-saving formula. Here’s just one example of how SpillFix can save a working company money:

With SpillFix in your spill-emergency response kit, you can be confident that you are using the most cost-effective spill cleanup solution for a healthy and safe workplace. With the ability to clean up a spill immediately you provide for a safe workplace sooner.

Have you made the switch to SpillFix? Start tracking your spending and let us know how the cost compared to your former product lineup and use in the comments!

Q&A: Oil Spills In The Workplace

When the average person hears the words “oil spill” they often think about major oil spills that affected communities or major sections of water or mainlands. But for American industrial workers and a range of other professionals, “oil spill” can also refer to a smaller oil spill or leak at their place of work.

 Oil spills qualify as one of the most common workplace spills thanks to oil’s popularity. Forklifts, trucks, industrial equipment, and workplace vehicles are just a few examples of things on the job that require oil for proper use. With this popularity comes a range of common questions about oil, oil spills and how to deal with them. Today we want to address and answer three of those common questions:

 

Why are oil spills in the workplace such a big deal?

News outlets often highlight how oil spills harm oceans and other natural areas after a spill but rarely talk about the dangers of oil spills at work. While oil isn’t considered as toxic as some chemicals, it can still be a serious risk to people.

  • Oil creates a slick surface that can cause serious falls and injuries.
  • Oil is a highly flammable substance that can ignite under the right circumstances, especially if it begins to vaporize.
  • Longer or repeated exposure to oil vapors can affect a person’s ability to smell and taste. High levels of exposure can also cause headaches, nausea, and lightheadedness, as well as lead to poor coordination, increased blood pressure and difficulty concentrating.
  • Oil that touches the skin can cause painful reactions such as itchiness, redness, pain, blisters, and peeling.
  • Other chemicals in the oil vapor can potentially increase an individual’s risk of developing certain cancers and may even affect several organ systems.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has summarized the risks from oil spills as such: “Oil spill cleanup workers can face potential hazards from oil byproducts, dispersants, detergents and degreasers.”

 

How can companies prepare for oil spill clean-up?

Ask any safety expert about how to address a spill at work and they’ll most likely tell you to do two things – to proactively try to prevent spills, and to protect yourself and your workers first should they happen. Not only do safety experts agree that this is the best approach – it’s the law. According to the safetyandhealthmagazine.com, “Creating and implementing a spill prevention control and countermeasure plan is required by the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the discharge of oil and spills. An SPCC plan should identify proactive measures to prevent a spill from occurring or reaching the environment. In addition to meeting EPA regulations, an SPCC plan can help prevent slips, trips and falls from occurring within your work environment.” 

This means that the first thing a company needs to do is develop a proactive preventative approach, complete with a prevention, control and countermeasure plan. Historically too many businesses that worked near oil assumed that they’d never deal with a spill. Businesses working under this mindset often found – and still find – themselves dealing with serious oil spills and paying the costs of employee injuries, environmental damages and more when they happen. Rather than assuming a spill won’t happen, businesses should work to prevent them and prepare for when they do happen. This means:

  • Situating and storing oil drums and containers safely – and ideally in a Secondary Containment System.
  • Developing a proper spill prevention plan that helps contain oil spills at their source thereby helping cut down on possible fines and reduce the chances of employees tripping or slipping.
  • Providing and stocking enough of the correct response equipment – including spill kits, spill containment items, absorbent products and other spill response tools –  at your worksite so you can address every possible situation as it happens.

The second thing a company needs to do is ensure that it protects its employees. Sometimes spills happen despite the best and most thorough preventative measures. Should this happen it’s not enough to have a spill prevention plan developed. Workers need to know what to do: how to respond and to keep themselves safe. This means that all employees should receive safety and spill clean-up training on a regular basis.  Proper training will ensure that spills are promptly cleaned and little to no injuries occur as a result of them.

 

I’ve cleaned up the oil spill at my workplace – the danger’s passed, right?

Not necessarily. Depending on the type of absorbent product you used to clean up that oil spill you’ll need to consider your disposal options very carefully to avoid polluting your local dump and even community. Many absorbent product options don’t hold on to absorbed substances for long, which can cause oil leaks and spills later on after the product has been disposed of. EPA guidelines require absorbent products, rags and other materials be properly disposed of separately from main trash bins. Fortunately there are decent absorbent product options like SpillFix available today that will ensure that a cleaned oil spill remains clean – and will help save you time and money during the cleanup process itself! Always check local laws before disposing of used absorbent product and cleaning materials after an oil spill.

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Oil spills aren’t to be taken lightly and require proper preparation on a company’s behalf. Fortunately following these basic safety steps will ensure that no one is hurt and your company can continue operating on a normal schedule, and there are lots of resources available today to help companies develop a proper spill prevention plan and strategy.


Questions? Thoughts? Feel free to leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you!

The 4 Big Reasons You Should Switch From Your Absorbent Product To SpillFix

Chances are that if your company keeps an absorbent product stocked up on site, no one has given their absorbent product of choice a second thought in some time, opting instead to continue using the same one they always have. But if you haven’t changed your absorbent product in a year or so, now is the perfect time to ask yourself: are there better products out there that will do their job and also save me money? We’re happy to tell you: Yes, there are!

Products like SpillFix provide great, cost-effective alternatives to other popular absorbent products currently available on the market. Now you’re probably asking, why exactly should I even consider SpillFix? What makes it so special? The answer is that there are four big reasons to consider SpillFix above any other absorbent product:

  • SpillFix is a green and environmentally friendly absorbent product. We went all the way in our efforts to make SpillFix as green and environmentally safe as we could. For starters, we make SpillFix from a renewable resource: coconut husks. To cut down on any negative effects caused by transportation, we then built our production factories right next to the coconut farms that fuel our product. SpillFix then goes another extra mile or two by not only absorbing more spilled liquids than its clay counterparts, but absorbing them so well that they won’t leak back into the environment once they’re cleaned up. The final result? An eco-friendly, super effective absorbent product.
  • SpillFix is safer for your workers to use. Using SpillFix could save you time, money and hassle down the line related to worker health issues. How? Because SpillFix is made from coconut husks instead of clay, it’s more absorbent and less dusty than its clay counterparts. As a result, workers are less likely to slip on leaked spill residue during the clean-up process; they’re also less likely to develop health problems related to the silica dust that clay absorbent products contain.
  • SpillFix is a multi-purpose spill cleaning tool. Why buy multiple cleaning products for your worksite if just one could do the trick? SpillFix can absorb a range of liquid spills, and as a result will work on fuel spills, acid spills, oil spills, and more. This flexibility is why SpillFix will help your company save time, save space, and…
  • SpillFix will save your company money. SpillFix is so cost effective that it’s guaranteed to save you money. But how much money, exactly, will SpillFix leave in your company’s overhead? We did the math to find out how much money SpillFix could help the average plant save, and it turns out…SpillFix could save the average American plant $9,600 a year on absorbent product, shipping costs, and disposal costs combined.

Want to learn more about SpillFix and the benefits of using it? You can read more about the benefits of using a green product and about how SpillFix meets the requirements for “going green”, as well as check out our guest post with blog4Safety.com, in which we further discuss worker safety issues related to absorbent products.

Got a question? Want to say something about SpillFix or spill clean-ups? Leave your thoughts in the comments – we’d love to hear them!

5 Ways SpillFix Can Help And Improve Your Worksite

Every worksite should always aim to help its workers and improve its safety measures and work processes. How a company goes about doing these things often depends on the type of work being done and the company’s structure overall. But if your company could find itself dealing with some sort of liquid spill at any time during its operations, we can definitely recommend at least one change that will make a massive difference: introduce SpillFix to your spill clean-up process.

SpillFix is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, easy to use and safe tool that should always be added to any company’s spillkit. Even if you have no complaints about the spill clean-up tools you’re using right now, the reality is that SpillFix can greatly improve your clean-up process in five major ways:

1. It can address a wide range of liquid spills. While many absorbent products are designed to handle one type of liquid spill, SpillFix can be used on a broad range of hazardous and non-hazardous spills, such as:

  • Fuel spills (Petrol, Diesel, AV Gas)
  • Mineral/vegetable Lubricant spills
  • Cutting fluid spills
  • Cooking oil spills
  • Solvent spills
  • Pesticide and herbicides spills
  • Low-grade chemical and acid spills
  • Liquid organic waste spills

2. It cleans more with less manpower – and in less time. When cleaning a spill with SpillFix you will need about 20% as much product as you would need if you used clay absorbents –that’s an 80% difference.

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Not only will you need less product to clean a spill, but SpillFix will clean a spill faster than its clay absorbent counterparts. How much faster? SpillFix will take up to 85% less time to clean a spill – that means a lot less downtime and fewer wasted man-hours for your company!

3. It creates less waste. SpillFix is an energy efficient, green product that creates very little waste and helps the environment in four major ways:

  • Because it takes less SpillFix absorbent product to clean a spill, there’s less trash to dispose of in the event of a spill.
  • Many clay absorbent products cannot be disposed of through normal waste channels because they’re not approved by the EPA for landfill disposal. But 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 short, SpillFix doesn’t leak the spill it’s absorbed back into the landfill.
  • As a landfill safe product, SpillFix features a lower disposal cost and has no environmental impact.
  • Not only is SpillFix environmentally friendly to use – it’s also manufactured by an environmentally aware production group that employs low energy processes. Plus, since our factories are located within actual coconut plantations (SpillFix is made from coconut husks), very little fuel or energy is initially required to get our resources where they need to go.

4. It won’t harm your equipment – or your workers. Regular absorbent products produce high volumes of dust that can cause a lot of damage; not only does the dust create problems with worksite equipment, but it can irritate and even harm your workers’ lungs and health. SpillFix, however, is dust free, and better still, it contains no chemicals and is silica free.

5. It’s easy to use. How easy? This easy:

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It’s time to improve your spill response tools, and SpillFix can help you do that. With SpillFix in your spill-emergency response kit, you can be confident that you are using the most effective spill cleanup solution for a healthy and safe workplace.

Want to learn more about SpillFix? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

The 10 Rules Of Effective Spill Response: An Infographic

Just how prepared is your worksite for a spill?

You can purchase and stock as many personalized spill kits as you want, but until employees and employers alike have developed an effective spill response plan and technique, the answer to that question is, “Not at all.”

Why? Because dealing with spill cleaning tools can be fairly well summarized by an old cliché: “It’s not what you have but how you use it.” While not entirely true – the absorbent product and tools you use to clean your mess do matter – this old saying does highlight how even a poor product being used well will outperform a good product being used improperly.

We’re not the only ones saying so, either. According to the EPA, “The key to effectively combating spills is careful selection and proper use of the equipment and materials best suited to the type of oil and the conditions at the spill site.” Depending on the type of spill being dealt with, skipping one single important spill response step could quickly lead to your company wasting precious spill cleaning resources while simultaneously barely cleaning any of the spill. When this happens, your company is more likely to experience serious issues, while a properly handled spill could be a relatively mundane event.

For example:

  • Without the proper safety gear, a spill can quickly became an expensive accident due to workers compensation.
  • Without an understanding of who is in charge of what, conflicting orders can create chaos when a singular, united response is needed.
  • If workers don’t know where spill response gear is stored, precious seconds and even minutes will be wasted in the scramble to locate them.
  • In some situations even neutralizing products like SpillFix can’t fully decontaminate an area after a spill. Companies need to fully prepare to do more than clean a spill if the material poses additional risks even after its clean-up.
  • Spills can’t be swept under the rug – they need to be reported and properly documented. Do you know what information you’ll need to gather before making this call?

Information like this and more all belongs in your spill response plan, so be sure to take the time to evaluate your strategy and make sure everything your worksite would need to do during a spill has been laid out and is understood by everyone involved. Not sure how to evaluate your spill response plan? This infographic is a great place to start, and can be minorly adjusted depending on what sort of spill your site needs to prepare to clean:

Questions? Concerns? Let us know in the comments!

Do You Have The Right Spillkit For The Job?

Let’s talk about spill kits.

Spill kits are fantastic tools for anyone working with oils, acids, fuels and other liquids that could be spilled in any number of locations, such as warehouses, factories, refineries, autoshops, garages, or laboratories and even hospitals. And that’s just to name a few locations that may deal with liquid spills!

Put simply, if your worksite handles liquids of some sort, particularly hazardous ones, then your worksite also needs a comprehensive spill kit – and to get that comprehensive spill kit, it’s good practice to develop your own spill response supply arsenal.

Why? Because pre-made spill kits don’t necessarily include all of the tools that your work site needs – or wants. Consider these points:

  • If your worksite is trying to become more environmentally friendly, then there’s a chance that the individual items in pre-made spill kits won’t match the goals you’ve set in an effort to become greener.
  • If your worksite 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.
  • If your worksite deals with multiple types of liquids, buying multiple 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 deemed necessary by your specific company, your worksite will always have a customer spill kit that contains exactly what it needs on hand.

Though it’s tempting to just buy pre-made spill kits, 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.

Need some tips to get started on evaluating your spill kit to decide what you need to include in it? Click here to read our own tips on restocking spill kits!

Could SpillFix Become Your Main Go To Absorbent Product?

When dealing with spills around the workplace, anyone on-site must be ready to both contain and to clean up any possible spill. Typically when cleaning the spill, an absorbent product is brought into the mix. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned over our years of experience, it’s that when you use an absorbent product you want to use the right absorbent product.

When dealing with an industrial spill, your absorbent product needs to:

  •      Effectively clean any spill within the work area
  •      Clean up a spill within a minimal amount of time
  •      Help to render the affected area safe and clear

Fortunately companies and individuals alike can choose from a wide range of tools designed to both control and to clean a spill they may have to deal with. In fact, over the years, a variety of adsorbents have been developed to help tackle spills.

Of course, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing – and with so many absorbent products on the market it can be hard to know if your staff has just what they need in the event of a spill. That’s why it’s our personal hope that moving forward, tools like SpillFix will actually help cut down on the number of absorbent products needed and used around work sites, effectively allowing a company to responsibly clean a spill while still saving money overall.

Currently there’s four primary types of absorbent products that SpillFix either qualifies as or can effectively supplement, if not fully replace:

  1.     Loose absorbents – SpillFix itself is a great example of a “loose” absorbent, though the product is different from other common loose absorbents, especially those that are clay based. SpillFix – sold as a powdery substance that can immediately be dispersed on a contained spill – is non-carcinogenic, dust free, and non-abrasive. Once used, SpillFix can be safely disposed of within a business’ main trash bins, ensuring that if the used product is not disposed of properly (an accident that can happen at any worksite), it will not leak its absorbed materials back into the Earth. SpillFix super absorbency also means that nearly 80% less product is required as compared with clay based absorbents. Talk about getting your bang for your buck!
  2.     Absorbent mats – Absorbent mats are typically seen as a tool that can be used on “big” spills. Sold under both universal and specialized labels, mats are commonly used to take care of drips and leaks in addition to spills. While still a great tool, we believe that SpillFix’s amazing absorbent properties could replace an absorbent mat in many cases. Additionally, SpillFix works on a variety of spills, from oil to fuels to paint – meaning that while you need specialized mats to address specific spills, SpillFix is a universal and easier to use tool.
  3.     Absorbent socks – Sometimes there’s very little time to address a spill. When this happens, absorbent socks can both contain and begin to work on absorbing a spill. Just like mats, socks are sold to address specific spills separately – but let’s be honest, no one wants to make sure they’ve grabbed an oil vs. normal sock when something is spilled and a fast response is needed. Fortunately, SpillFix socks work on a wide range of spills just like their powder absorbent counterpart!
  4.     Chemical absorbents and neutralizers – On today’s current absorbent market, chemical absorbents and neutralizers are sold separately from mainline absorbents. But did you know that SpillFix can in fact handle a number of chemical spills? While highly corrosive materials may require more specialized absorbent tools, SpillFix can easily handle a wide range of the types of chemical spills that may occur on a work site.

As you can see, SpillFix’s versatility makes it a useful product in a number of situations Of course, there are several other types of absorbent products that SpillFix cannot replace – and for good reason. While many absorbent products are designed to clean a spill, other absorbent products can effectively prevent a spill. Some examples of these types of products are:

  1.     Absorbent pillows and pans – Looking to keep liquids and oils from getting into sumps, tanks, holding ponds and other containers at work? Specialized absorbent pillows and pans might be just what you need. While SpillFix is great for addressing a spill once it happens, we’re big fans of preventing spills in the first place; pillows and pans can help make this a reality.
  2.     Special application absorbents – Over time tools have been developed to address industry specific problems. For example – hospitals can purchase mats designed specifically for use in surgery, and tools exist to absorbent any valve or high pressure hose drips right at the source. So while SpillFix is an excellent industrial spill tool, we understand that sometimes you need a different absorbent to address your worksite needs.

This means that there are essentially six primary types of absorbent products on the market today, and SpillFix can effectively qualify as a replacement or assistant tool for four of those products. What do you think – are you ready SpillFix a try to see how it can help your bottom line around your worksite?

 

Using An Absorbent Product? Don’t Forget Your Spill Control Tools!

At SpillFix we believe in using products that meet several important criteria. In our view, an absorbent product must be non-hazardous to worker’s health, must be environmentally friendly, and must provide a fast-response solution for a range of potential spills in the work setting.

We’ve designed our SpillFix absorbent product specifically to meet those needs and ensure that any workers using it can clean up a range of oils, solvents and other fluids. However, our absorbent product is just the beginning when it comes to spill safety.

When dealing with a spill, two main steps must be taken no matter what the spilled substance in question may be. We’ve often spoken about spill clean-up, which is the second step workers must take when addressing a spill. But before a spill can be properly cleaned, a spill must be contained by using a range of spill control strategies and products.

Spill containment, or spill control, allows employees to effectively use absorbent products such as SpillFix in a safe, productive, and controlled environment. Without containment and control, the absorbent product just won’t work as effectively.

There are currently a range of spill control products available that allow workers to properly contain a spill before they begin using an absorbent product. Most control products fall into one of three major categories.

  • Drain covers – Spilled substances are not just dangerous within the work environment; often the materials we work with can pose a hazard to local communities and the environment if they leak out of a worksite. Drain covers prevent any toxic waste or hazardous materials from entering the sewer or storm drain systems. Available in a wide range of sizes and made from a variety of products, drain covers belong in any spill control arsenal.
  • Drain plugs – Got an open drain around your work site? Drain plugs stop contaminants from entering a drain and creating problems through public drain pipes. Just like drain covers, plugs can be bought in a wide range of sizes.
  • Spill containment products – You can’t clean a spill as long as it’s ongoing. When machinery malfunctions or massive amounts of liquid begin to leak no amount of absorbent product in the world will stop the spill from spreading. That’s where containment products come in. These products ensure that leaking machinery does not create a catastrophe at work by containing a spill within a locked off area. Spill containment dikes, berms and booms offer a range of containment options in varying sizes, shapes, and flexibility, ensuring that you’re equipped to handle any spill scenario.

There is, however, a fourth product category to consider when addressing spill containment and control:

  • Safety accessories for your containment tools – Why stock up on safety equipment only to risk damaging that equipment? Safety accessories for your containment tools, such as carrying case, wall mounts, and protective covers, will ensure that your spill control products work properly when you really need them.

No one knows better than us that spill response teams need to act fast in the event of a spill. With the appropriate control and cleanup supplies on hand, no work accident needs to become a public safety hazard.

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