Oil Spill Cleanup – – Lessons from the Gulf Oil Spill

Speed is key when it comes to oil spill cleanup. We have seen in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill just how devastating all that out-of-control oil can be for the environment.

Of course, the oil spills or leaks you might be responsible for at your facility will seem very minor in comparison. But don’t underestimate them. They can still cause damage, and you still need to clean them up — fast.

Here are the four key elements to do that:

1) Prevention is Key

Prevention is better than clean-up. So take great pains to double-bag it, or rather, use secondary containment to minimize the chances that a spill even escapes into the environment, or onto the floor. There are lots of pallets available that you can use to ensure that leaking oil drums don’t cause problems.
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2) Contain it

If a spill does occur, the next key is to contain it as quickly as possible. This will minimize the damage and make clean-up easier.

You can use spill berms for that, or oil booms, or a range of other options. Just make sure that the oil won’t go anywhere.

3) Clean it up

Once you have the oil contained, it’s clean-up time. If the spill was on water, absorbent oil booms will work well. If it’s on land, you can resort to a range of absorbents to mop things up. With the proper equipment, oil spill cleanup isn’t all that hard, as long as the oil is well contained.

4) Preparation is a Must

Here is the fourth key: Preparation. If you have the oil spill cleanup supplies handy, mopping up the errant oil is fairly easy. If you have to go shopping first, it may be able to cause quite a bit of damage before you’re able to take care of the spill. So make sure to shop for supplies before you need them. And if you should ever wonder whether you really need to do that, just remember the damage that the Gulf oil spill is wreaking on the environment, and do the right thing.

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