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.

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How Do I Create A Spill Response Plan?

Think about how spills are handled in your business. Do you teach a proper procedure that workers follow or do employees just grab some paper towels and call it quits? If your answer is the latter, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Not only will preparing a proper spill response increase productivity and lower worker-related injuries and costs, but operating without knowing how to properly clean spills under today’s legal requirements puts your entire company and bottom line at risk as well.

Don’t put your business and workers on the line – take action now to save yourself from major trouble later!

  1. Prevent spills

The first step in creating a proper spill response plan is knowing how to prevent spills from occurring. Encourage your employees to keep their areas clean to reduce the risk of knocking over buckets or containers. When they finish using something, workers should take extra care to make sure lids are screwed correctly and tightly. Then, place containers away from work areas – such as in a closet or on a higher shelf.

Preventing spills from occurring is the best weapon in a spill response plan. However despite your best efforts, spills do accidentally occur from time to time. In this instance, the next step would be evaluating the risk.

  1.       Evaluate the risk

Many different types of substances can accidentally spill in the workplace. We divided them into two categories:

Major Spill

  • The spill can pose an immediate risk to the health of workers
  • The spill is a fire hazard or explosion risk
  • The spill involves a highly dangerous chemical

In these instances, calling emergency services and getting workers to safety is the first priority.

Minor Spill

  • The spill is in a manageable amount
  • The spill does not pose an immediate risk to the health of workers

In the event of a minor spill, it is safe and recommended to proceed with your spill response plan.

  1.       Commence cleaning using a spill kit

The spill kit in your possession should contain two important categories of equipment: personal protective equipment and equipment needed to small spills.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Apron

Cleaning equipment

  • Absorbent pads or boom sticks to contain spills
  • Spill absorbent product to clean spills correctly
  • Plastic dust pan and broom to clean up used spill absorbent products
  • Large container to dispose of used spill absorbent products

Choosing what spill absorbent to keep in your spill kit is a hard task. Business owners should look for an absorbent product that will do more good than harm to the situation. This comes into play when choosing between a familiar clay absorbent product or a more natural approach.

Clay absorbent products, while popular, give off dangerous dust particles when opening the bag or pouring onto a spill. This dust could enter a worker’s lungs and cause illness or injuries to their internal organs. That is why we recommend choosing a natural spill absorbent such as SpillFix. Our products are made from an organic renewable resource, coconut husk. Because SpillFix manufactures create the absorbent from this renewable resource, workers can use the product without fear of harmful dust particles – and, as you can see, will have a much easier time cleaning the mess as well.

In the end, businesses should always stay prepared for a spill in the workplace. Having a spill response plan ready will eliminate confusion on company policy and help keep workers safe from workplace accidents.

 

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!

What Makes SpillFix The Better Absorbent Product?

What is your go-to absorbent product?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The Ins And Outs Of Spill Kits

Maybe you restore automobiles in your free time. Maybe you work in an autoshop. Or maybe you’re an engineer, a chemist, or one of many other professionals who work around oils and chemicals.

If you are, then you understand the importance of a spill kit. In your line of work, oil spills, fuel spills, acid spills – they’re all possible accidents that you need to be ready for. Sometimes they’re minor spills, and sometimes they’re a bit more troublesome, and maybe even dangerous.

Wherever spills are possible, a spill kit is a necessary tool to keep on hand at work or even in your own personal restoration shop; spill kits help you launch a quick, safe response to a variety of spills. If you don’t have a spill kit yet, or maybe need to restock yours, keep reading – our tips will help make sure your spill kit is ready to tackle any spill clean-up.

What should you have in your spill kit?

The typical spill kit contains two, maybe three types of items. All spill kits include protective clothing (or Personal Protective Equipment), as well as tools to clean up any spill that occurs. Sometimes, spill kits can include additional tools used to stop the leaks that caused the spill in the first place.

A spill kit usually contains protective clothing. and equipment to clean up the spill. Some kits also include equipment to stop leakage.

What are some specific items that I need to include in my spill kit?

This depends on the type of spills you work around and the size of your kit. For example, a small spill kit used to address oil spills would at least need gloves, sorbent, a container to store any cleaned up materials, a whisk broom and pan, and heavy duty plastic bags.

Larger spill kits, on the other hand, should include protective clothing for at least two people – including gloves, boot covers, goggles, duct tape, and potentially steel toed boots or helmets, depending on where you work.

What are some non-traditional tools my kit should include?

At least one non-traditional tool a spill kit should include is SpillFix. While a bunch of absorbent products made for spill kits are clay-based, SpillFix is made from coconut husks – and it works wonders. A small amount of SpillFix is four times more efficient than the average clay based absorbent on today’s market, is environmentally friendly, and is very easy to dispose of – meaning that you don’t necessarily need to keep numerous containers on site if you’re worried about dealing with multiple spills at your job. Additionally, SpillFix works well with a wide range of products, from cooking oils to hydraulic oils; it even works well cleaning up paint spills.

We have one final piece of advice for you as you update or build your spill kit: plan for the worse situation that could happen at your job site or in your restoration shop, and then over-prepare for that situation. This will ensure that you are set to address both foreseen and many unforeseen incidents on site. Even the safest worksites have accidents and spills sometimes; having a well stocked spill kit ready for use, though, will ensure that those accidents are addressed swiftly and promptly.

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