Oil spills can cause a lot of problems. But with the right kinds of absorbents, you can clean them up fast, depending on size.
So the first thing you need to do is determine how big of a spill you’re dealing with. And in most situations, you need to make sure to properly contain the spill properly first, before you worry about clean-up.
Here’s some help for figuring out your options when it comes to choosing the right absorbent:
1) Focus on Oil Only Absorbents
If you have an oil spill, oil only absorbents are your logical choice. They are designed for cleaning up oil and will do the job faster and more effectively than other kinds of absorbents.
2) Size Matters
The size of your oil spill determines which absorbents are best. A huge oil spill, especially if it happened on water, generally requires oil booms.
For smaller spills, you can choose from a range of spill kits that include an assortment of absorbents, for example socks, pads, and pillows.
Also included might be bags of absorbents in the form of granules or powder that you can sprinkle on the liquid you need to remove. Afterwards, just sweep up the mess and remove it.
3) How to be prepared
It’s important to be prepared before a spill occurs. But what should you choose?
Stashing a supply of absorbents at each of those places can get expensive, and all those spill kits can get underfoot and in the way. So what else can you do?
4) The Easy and Economical Solution
Fortunately, there’s a very easy way to stash absorbents anywhere in your facility: Spill pads. They’re inexpensive and small enough that you can stash them in lots of different places, and so that they can be deployed immediately in the event of a spill.
And if the spill is a bit bigger, you can call for reinforcement by way of your back-up absorbents, as you start mopping things up with the handy pads.