Chemical Spill Kits — Choosing the Right Kit for Your Situation

You know that having chemical spill kits around would be a good idea.  But you need to select the right one to get the most out of it.  Read on to discover what to look for before you go shopping.

When you do have a chemical spill at your facility, it’s crucial that it be cleaned up in a hurry. To do that, though, you need your clean-up tools handy.  Fortunately, the right spill kits make this very easy.

There’s just one problem: How do you pick the chemical spill kits that are best for your situation?

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Start by asking yourself a few questions to find the answer.  There are three key decisions you must make: how big of a spill do you think could happen at your facility, which chemicals might be involved, and where are the likeliest problem places?

The size of the potential spill

The most important part is to have the right size kit.  If you have a huge spill and a handy little portable kit, you’ll have a big problem.  If your spills tend to be very small and you have the jumbo deluxe kit, not only will you have wasted money, but chances are that because of its size, the kit won’t be where you need it.  So pick the right size kit for the size of spills you anticipate.

The types of chemicals you handle and store

In order to select the right chemical spill kits ou need to make sure you know exactly which chemicals are involved in potential spills at your facility.  That’s because certain chemicals need different types of absorbents and treatment.

If you have a range of chemicals, a universal kit will be a good start.  Just make sure that your chemicals are not too high on the hazardous materials meter, and that they’re not likely to spill in or near water.

Then again, if you handle, store, or transport hydrocarbon-based chemicals or oil, diesel, fuel, and similar chemicals, a special type of kit for oil only might be a better choice.  This is crucial if you have to remove oil from water

And, of course, if you’re transporting hazmat chemicals, you need to get the hazmat kit to match.

Is one kit enough?

Probably not.  Depending on the size of your facility and the range of chemicals, you may have to get several kits, to have a kit handy wherever you might have a spill, and also to ensure that you have the right types of kits handy.

You might need a hazmat kit in one area of your facility, and a couple of universal kits in other areas.  Just take a tour of your facility and identify all the spill prone areas, and make sure you have the chemical spill kits you need where you need them.

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