Spills happen, and knowing how to safely and effectively respond to spills is crucial in order to keep employees and the environment protected from harmful releases.
While the spill response needs for every facility is different, these five steps will help you clean up spills effectively and safely:
1. Get Ready
Investigate what materials you have onsite and if any need to be handled a certain way. Then, train employees on proper spill response and stock up on the right absorbents and PPE.
2. Size up the Situation
Spill response should always begin with stopping to assess whether it is safe to go near a spill. If it is, look at the spill to see if you can identify the source and what equipment in the area and listen for any unusual sounds. Then plan out next steps, which could include pulling an alarm or mobilizing a response team.
3. Suit Up
Determine what PPE spill responders should wear based on what has spilled.
4. Clean Up and Decontaminate
Create a barrier around the spill, find the source and stop it, collect materials used to clean up the spill for proper disposal and decontaminate the area, tools used and responders.
5. File your Reports
Send reports with the necessary information about the spill and response to the appropriate federal, state and local agencies.
Download the white paper below for more info on effective spill response. And make sure your facility is ready for spill response with PIG Absorbents, Spill Kits and spill containment solutions.