Spill Control Kits: What You Need to Know

by CCB Today | Monday, May 29, 2017 | 328 views

Men cleaning an oil spill

A spill kit is your set of materials and tools in case you need to deal with oil, chemical, or any other material spill. Obviously, you don’t want to use the wrong supplies when controlling a spill. It may cost you a good deal of money in the end.

You should determine the best materials and spill control supplies depending on certain factors. Here are a few ideas that might help you figure out what to include in your company’s spill kits.

Spill Types

The absorbents you will use should match the substances or chemicals you intend to control. For dangerous or highly toxic chemicals or substances, you would need not only absorbent spill pads and spill kits but also the appropriate protective gear. Companies should also be aware that the government has specific laws covering the spill type and location.

There are three types of spill control products:

1. Oil – These products are specially designed to repel water and absorb oil.
2. Chemical – These pads are designed to control corrosive liquids.
3. Universal – People use universal spill products for oil spills on land or any solid surface area, non-corrosive liquids, water-based fluids, and coolants.

Spill Volume

Different spill control supplies can handle different spill volumes. When determining the spill volume, it is always best to judge by the worst case scenario.

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Determine the biggest size of the container on a truck or holding tank that your business owns. The possible amount that could leak from your storage system should be checked to assess how much preparation is needed.

Container Type

Different companies will have different needs. Some companies make their spill kits available on location. Companies store these kits in easy-access containers in storage rooms for quick distribution.

On the other hand, some companies prefer to go mobile. They will want more compact kits that can be loaded and unloaded on trucks that they can deploy quickly. Note that each manufacturer will offer different types of containers.

These are the types of products you need to use to control various types of spills. It is important to use the right type of product to avoid unnecessary expenses in the future.

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