Hospital Plant Operations
You know you can’t let hazardous waste, chemicals, biocides, oils or fuels get into surface water or the sanitary sewer. But do you understand how widespread the spill risks in your hospital may be? As the leak-and-spill leader since 1985, we know a thing or two about the problems you’re facing. Our people have gone into the field to assess over 50 hospitals with our Spill Risk Algorithm and discovered that the threat levels within Hospital Plant Operations are among the highest we’ve measured. We identified the 26 critical spill risk areas below as the ones you need to pay attention to right now and created this guide as a way to share what we’ve learned. We hope it will help you identify your spill risks and keep your hospital safe.
Spill Risks: Diesel fuel leaks and drums of lube oils that are stored and dispensed near drains. Solutions: spill kits, drain covers and spill decks.
Spill Risks: Corrosive boiler water treatment that contains biocides that are stored and dispensed near drains. Solutions: spill kits, drain covers and spill decks.
Spill Risks: Water treatment chemicals and antimicrobial biocides that are stored and dispensed near drains. Solutions: spill kits, drain covers and spill decks.
Multiple containers and drums stored together can leak or tip over. Spills and splashes can occur during liquid transfers. Position spill supplies for quick access.
Elevator Hydraulic Rooms
Problems include storing hydraulic fluid near drains, leaks caused by blown seals and spills that occur during repairs. Use containment decks and stock absorbents.
Fire Pump Room
Diesel leaks from fuel manifolds and spills from lube oil drums can threaten floor drains. Keep spill supplies and drain covers handy. Store drums on containment decks.
Floor drains positioned near diesel feed pipes are vulnerable if there’s a leak or spill. Use drain covers and keep a supply of absorbents on hand for quick response.
Leaks and spills of concentrated laundry sanitizers must be handled with extreme caution using chemical absorbents. Store drums on spill decks and seal drains.
Drums and smaller containers of formaldehyde and other aldehydes should be stored on containment pallets. Stock chemical absorbents where they’re used. Cover drains.
Biohazard Waste Area
Bins and drums of biohazard waste, including liquids and sharps, can leak or tip over near a drain. Stock absorbents, cover drains and place containers on spill decks.
Chemical Storage Room
Mixed containers of chemicals can leak, spill or tip over during handling. Cover drains, stock spill supplies and store liquids on containment pallets.
When hydraulic hoses fail on compactors in remote areas, the problem may go unnoticed. Use outdoor absorbents under hoses and inserts in storm drains.
This area often contains a mixed bag of cleaners, solvents, lubricants and oils that can spill during handling. Stock absorbents, cover drains and store large containers on spill decks.
Latex paint is considered hazardous and must not go down a drain. Stock absorbents to clean up spills, cover drains and use containment measures for 5-gallon buckets.
Dropped drums, fuel spills and vehicle leaks often occur near storm drains. Drain covers are a must. Place chemical and oil absorbents where they can be accessed quickly.
Vacuum Pump Room
This area often becomes a catch-all for liquids including cleaners, chemicals and oils, and is often overlooked as a spill risk. Stock absorbents and cover the drain.
Flammables, chemicals, pesticides and other liquids are often stored with tools and equipment. Stock spill supplies and keep a drain cover on hand to seal storm drains.
Hemodialysis Storage Area
Dispensing small containers of liquid acid concentrate by hand creates a high probability for spills. Cover floor drains and keep chemical absorbents within reach.
This area is usually the central repository for cleaning supplies, sanitizers and disinfectants. Keep spill supplies and drain covers within easy reach.
These labs work with corrosives, aldehydes and other liquids - often in tight quarters. Stock chemical absorbents in places where spills occur and cover drains.
The pharmacy is usually a compact area containing corrosive liquids and oxidizers. Keep chemical absorbents and neutralizers on hand to clean up small spills. Cover the drain.
This lab uses a variety of liquids including corrosives, aldehydes, alcohols and dyes. Small spills can be handled with absorbents and neutralizers. Stock a drain cover.
During a large outdoor event, cover all storm drains and use extra discharge precautions. Large containment berms and adequate chemical spill supplies are a must.
Fuel, fluid and oil leaks are a fact of life. Use drain inserts to capture hydrocarbons in stormwater. Block oily rainwater from grassy areas with oil booms.
Diesel Storage Tank Area
Hose failures frequently cause sizable diesel spills. Stock spill supplies near the tank and keep drain covers on hand to seal storm drains in case of an emergency.
Emergency Loading Area
This area is prone to fluid leaks and fuel spills. Stock oil absorbents for quick response. Use storm drain inserts to filter oil from rainwater and drain covers to seal out spills.
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