• Absorbent Training Part 10: Top 12 Places to Store Your Spill Kit
  • 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 karenea@newpig.com.

  • Martin Fredericksays:
    05/01/2013 at 8:54 am Reply

    Regarding the location of the Spill Kit:

    After many years of working for the British Army in Germany and having much fun training others on this kit as well as deploying it for real, location is everything.

    Much thought must be given to who bulk fuel storage and distribution areas where having the spill kit too close can be hazardous for the Quick Reaction Team reacting to the spill.

    My solution was to identify a key area just outside the possible spillage locations and have a back up kit which can be collected on-route to the spillage, reducing the need of further contamination.

    • Karen Hamelsays:
      05/03/2013 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Thank you for this great suggestion and reminder, Martin!

      A similar analogy is used when placing fire extinguishers in buildings. Fire marshals like to see fire extinguishers placed near doors and exits because if you have to go near a door or exit to get the extinguisher, it means that you’ve at least got one escape route should the fire get out of hand and you need to retreat. If a fire extinguisher is placed in a remote corner of the room and you’re not able to extinguish the fire completely with that extinguisher, you could find yourself trapped with no way to get out.

      Now, that’s not to say that you should have a spill kit near every fire extinguisher, but the premise of thinking about how and where to place it(and having a portable back up kit somewhere else that can be brought in if you can’t get to the kit in the area) is still an excellent safety practice.

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