To determine what type of spill kit you need, first make a list of the liquids used at your location. If you had a spill, would it be on land, water or could it be both? It would be a costly mistake not to have the proper spill kits on hand. Custom spill kits are available if you have special needs. Here are the three basic types of spill kits.
1) Universal Spill Kit – For land spills only. Will absorb all water based liquids and oils. Not recommended for corrosive liquids.
2) Oil Only Spill Kit – For land or water spills. Will absorb oil on water without sinking. Can also be used on land to absorb oil only, will repel water. Not recommended for corrosive liquids.
3) Hazmat Spill Kit – For land use. Will absorb all water based liquids and oils. Recommended for corrosive liquids.
What is the largest amount of liquid that could be spilled at this location? What is your worst case scenario? If a spill happens you want to have at your disposal the means to control the spill first. It is not always practical to have enough material on hand to absorb the entire contents of a large spill. If you have the possibility of a very large spill then you need to work with your local Fire Department and/or have on retainer a spill clean-up company
Most spill kits are filled with absorbent pads, absorbent socks and absorbent pillows which can be used to control a spill and clean up a spill. There are also products on the market like spill containment dikes and drain covers that can be added to your spill response plan to control a spill.
Remember your first objective is to have enough spill kits available to control any spill. After you have a plan to control the spill, your second plan would detail what amount and types of absorbent product you would need to clean up a spill.
What is the largest amount of liquid that could be spilled at this location? What is your worst case scenario? If a spill happens you want to have at your disposal the means to control the spill first.
Depending upon the types of chemicals stored at your facility your may need special personal protection equipment.
Most spill kits come with nitrile gloves and safety glasses. If you have hazardous chemicals you need to have respirators, special suits or special gloves. A basic off the shelf spill kit may not fill your needs. Custom spill kits are available.
Here are additional articles on spill kits that may be of interest to you.
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