• Absorbent Training Part 2: Color-Coding Simplifies Decisions
  • 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.

  • Guillaume Guysays:
    08/03/2013 at 6:19 am Reply

    I am looking for absorbent mats to put into fule/gas spill kits.

    can you suggest the proper mats?


    • Jensays:
      08/05/2013 at 9:00 am Reply

      The right mat depends on what exactly you’re doing. If you are looking for it to absorb JUST the fuel/gas but NOT any water (rain water, etc) then the white oil only would be the best. If you want it to absorb ALL the fuel/gas AND any water around it (rain water for example) you would want to use gray universal.
      I hope this helps. I’ve included links above to the customer favorites for each, as a starting point in your search. If you need any other help in your search, please let me know!

  • William Stewartsays:
    07/22/2014 at 1:00 pm Reply

    I enjoyed your blog and learned a lot.

    What does “green” indicate?

    Bill Stewart

    • Karensays:
      07/25/2014 at 8:20 am Reply

      Hi, Bill!
      Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We’re glad that it helped you learn something new!!
      Although green is not a standard color in our absorbents offering, some of our competitors do manufacture green-colored absorbent mats and socks. All of the ones that we have come across are universal absorbents – meaning that they are capable of absorbing both water- and oil-based liquids. Some are also compatible with corrosive liquids – but it is best to verify chemical compatibility with your supplier before using them to clean up a spill of corrosive materials.

  • Jacksays:
    08/08/2014 at 10:16 am Reply

    Are there any absorbent mats available that are also fluroescent colored (yellow, orange, or pink)? Our company is proposing implementing the use of fluorescent mats to lay our tools/equipment on, in an attmept to better track our tool placement and manage housekeeping while in the field. My feeling is if the absorbent mats are fluorescent in color, we could kill two birds with one stone.

    • Karensays:
      08/08/2014 at 12:20 pm Reply

      What a great idea for a new Best Practice!
      Our yellow High Visibility Absorbent Mats are available in both rolls and pads, and should be a perfect fit for this application. The bright yellow color is great for drawing attention to areas where maintenance and other non-routine work is happening.

  • Andrewsays:
    01/07/2015 at 9:41 am Reply

    Could I use yellow pads/booms for a hydrazine spill? Pink?

    Hydrazine is reactive with most things and lots of absorbents so I just wanted to make sure I have the right spill response materials staged in the area.


    • Lisasays:
      01/07/2015 at 11:41 am Reply

      Hi Andrew,
      Our pink Hazmat absorbents are the only absorbents that should be used with hydrazine. Plus, they must be kept in a bag, clean and dry. Take them out only when needed to clean a spill; otherwise keep the absorbents sealed in a bag. Dust or dirt on the absorbent could cause a reaction. Stay away from storing the absorbents in a box, as their fibers might also become an issue.
      Something to note: Even with a “clean” mat, there will still be a small exothermic reaction as the oxidizer reacts to the surfactant. Not enough to cause blackening/charring, but if you’re holding an infrared temperature meter you will see the temp go up. You might also see a wisp of vapor too. One should also expect a color loss in the material as well.
      I hope that answers your question. If you have any more concerns, or want to chat about this, please feel free to call us at 1-800-HOT-HOGS.

  • sachinsays:
    04/02/2015 at 4:36 pm Reply


    So i can use the grey one for paint thinner.
    But which one can i use for oil based paint???

    • Brittanysays:
      04/03/2015 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Thank you for your question! Yes, gray mats are a great choice for paint thinner. Paints are tricky because of their viscosity. For thicker liquids like paints and syrups, our Thick Liquids Absorbent Mat is a good choice. PIG Dri Loose Absorbent or PIG Loose Cob Absorbent are also perfect choices for making quick work of cleaning up spills of thicker liquids.

  • Secondary Containmentsays:
    06/23/2016 at 10:50 am Reply

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    • Brittanysays:
      06/27/2016 at 8:34 am Reply

      Thanks for the feedback!


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