• Absorbent Training Part 1: Choosing the Right Style of Absorbent
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel, CSP, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 22 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 100 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She also serves on the Blair County, Pa., LEPC and has completed a variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, DOT and NIMS courses, including Planning Section Chief. She has conducted seminars at national conferences and webinars for ASSE and other national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenh@newpig.com.

  • J. Bakersays:
    05/29/2015 at 9:23 am Reply

    What type of absorbant mat would you recommend for large spills of liquid detergent and/or dish soap?

    • Karen Hamelsays:
      06/01/2015 at 9:06 am Reply

      Hi Jonathan,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Dish detergents can be viscous. When it comes to picking up thick liquids like detergents and syrups, regular absorbent mats aren’t always the best option. The fine fiber texture of the mat doesn’t allow thick liquids to be absorbed quickly. We offer a thick fluids mat that is more porous and allowing thicker liquids to be soaked in more rapidly.
      Another great option for cleaning up thick liquid spills is to use a loose absorbent. My top choices for thick liquids are loose corn cob and PIG Dri. The surface area of both of these loose absorbents allow them to quickly get spills under control so that they can be easily swept or shoveled. When working with soaps and detergents, loose absorbents also get more of the spilled liquid off of the floor than mats. This makes it easier to mop the floor afterwards because you aren’t dealing with as much slippery soap residue.
      Hope this information helps. Do not hesitate to leave another comment if you have further questions.

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