Spills are unavoidable. No matter how careful you are, sooner or later, they’ll happen, especially if you’re in a facility that handles a lot of chemicals, oil-based or other kinds.
But that doesn’t have to lead to big problems if you’re prepared. And the secret to preparation: spill kits.
Spill kits are available in many different types and sizes. No matter what your needs, you’ll be able to find a spill kit to fit your requirements. Here are a few tips about selecting and using spill kits.
A) Spill Kits – Select The Right Type
Start by deciding on the type of spill kit you need. No matter how big your spill kit, if it is designed to deal with the wrong type of spilled substances, you may not be able to use it, and you certainly won’t get the kind of mopping up performance you’d like.
There are three major categories of spill kits:
Spill Kits – Oil Only
These kits are designed to absorb oil, and only oil. Obviously, they’re great for oil spills. A key to their performance is what they will NOT absorb: water-based chemicals.
This makes them ideal for removing oil from water. Whether you need to mop up oil in the rain or whether you’re dealing with an oil spill in a body of water, oil only kits will help you get the job done.
Spill Kits – Universal
If you won’t need to separate oil from water, and in fact would like to mop it all in one go, universal kits will help you do that. They can handle almost anything, so unless you have specialty needs, universal kits will probably be your best bet.
Spill Kits – HazMat
The third one of the major three categories is HazMat. These kits are designed for hazardous materials, whether they’re oil-based or not. Often, hazmat kits also have special protective accessories, and if they don’t, you should get them in addition to the kits. After all, you’ll want to keep your workers safe.
In addition to the big three, there are also specialty kits that are designed for substances that can’t be handled by the top three. The most common among them are mercury kits and battery acid kits.
Spill Kits – Select the Right Size
Once you have decided on the type of kit, you should decide on just how big (or small) a kit you really need.
There are a number of considerations that can go into that decision. Here are a few to think about:
a) How big of a spill do you typically have to deal with?
If it’s a small spill, a bucket kit might do the trick. If your spills tend to be on the large side, you’ll want a container kit.
b) How much room do you have for storing your spill kits?
Hopefully, if you frequently need to deal with larger spills, you’ll have room for the kits required to clean them up. Then again, it’s important to have the kits handy where you need them and when you need them, so even if the space allows only for smaller kits, it’s better to get those and keep them nearby. You may want to have a larger back-up kit in a storage place that you can bring out as a back-up when needed.
c) Your preferred containers
You may like mobile spill kits, drum spill kits, bucket spill kits, whatever. Just be sure they work with the other criteria you have determined when looking over the above questions.
The Most Important Thing about Spill Kits
The most important thing about spill kits is to have them handy, when you need them, and where you need them. After figuring out which types and sizes suit your needs, go out and get them.
If you go to a quality retailer, you’ll probably also get free advice along with your purchase. And you’ll be assured that the spill kits you buy meet all the legal requirements and standards.