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How do you handle spill control?

Julie Copeland

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Handling Hazardous Materials 1 resized 600A "spill" is defined, for practical purposes, as any oil or petroleum products, chemical or waste that is released in any manner constitutes a spill. Spills also include leaks from underground and above ground tanks.

Non-incidental releases (large spills) are considered to be emergency situations while incidental releases (small spills) are those that can be handled safely by employees in the immediate area, without the aid of a coordinated response effort from employees outside the area, would not be considered an emergency incident under 29 CFR 1910.120.

Prevention is the best method of spill control and includes:

Good equipment design Detailed operating and maintenance procedures
Employee training Job responsibility and accountability
Redundant process and alarm monitoring systems Know the hazards of the chemical being handled
Wear the correct PPE Always evaluate before using PPE
Always decontaminate tools and self after a spill Dispose of all waste materials correctly
Good housekeeping and inspection procedures Keep all containers closed with lids attached properly
Handle all containers carefully Follow company SOPs when handling hazardous chemicals around the site
Know where spill kits are located  


Containment devices do not prevent spills…they only control spills and leaks.  Kits come in various sizes to meet specific needs, and can include: Sorbents * Neutralizers * Drain protectors* Non-sparking tools * PPE

In an emergency, your safety and the safety of everyone at the facility is the priority!

In an emergency – remember that you are making immediate decisions based on physical characteristics and health hazards.  Your decisions must ensure your safety as well as the safety of everyone at the facility; your decisions must ensure proper handling of the emergency and It is important that your facility has an emergency action plan detailing proper response procedures.

Not only do workers need to be protected, but so does the environment when the spill is of a chemical nature. Arbill offers spill control kits and stations to ensure employee safety in the case of a spill.  Visit arbill.com for more information.  Arbill envisions a future in which every single worker makes it home safe after every shift. Contact your Arbill representative to make that vision a reality in your organization. Subscribe to our Safety Blog so you don’t miss out on great safety tips.

Topics: Chemical Safety/HazMat/Spill Prevention

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