A spillage at a place of work is at best an inconvenience, at worst, a serious health and safety hazard. Any organization needs to be prepared for the eventuality of a spillage. This is not only because it has to be compliant with current Health and Safety legislation, but this is also for the protection of staff and the general public. Therefore, there could well be a need for a spill kit service that will be readily available in the event of a spillage.
Under current Australian Heath and Safety legislation, there is a duty of care which must be upheld. There would be a need for a spill kit servicethat can restock the kits without a freight charge. That can keep a record of the contents and when the stocks are replenished. There will also be a record of any inspection. This will be noted on a tag which is kept with the spill kit. Advice will also be given when needed, on the operation and use of the spill kits.
Chemical Spill kits
A spill kit service has to cover a range of different possible chemical spillages. A chemical spill kit needs to cater for non threatening chemical spillages, hydrocarbons of various sorts and hazardous chemical spillages. A system has been established using “wheelie bins”, that contain all the necessary materials needed to cope with a spillage which, obviously, can be quickly moved to the scene of any spillage and operated by one person.
The following are available…
Absorb General Purpose Spill Kit (Red Bin):
This contains general purpose absorbent pads along with granular absorbents which are organic. There is also an organic boon. This can be laid out to contain any spillages spreading too far. The kit can be used for hydrocarbon spillages, paints and emulsions and any non aggressive solvents. It could be used in a car workshop or by a painting and decorating company. Any factory where these sorts of liquids are used.
But this is not to be used with hazardous chemicals.
Absorb Only Oil Spill Kit (Red Bin):
As the heading suggests this kit is designed to work with hydrocarbon based products, such as oil and diesel fuels. For more general, non hazardous spillages, then it would be better to use the Absorb General Purpose Spill Kit. If hazardous chemicals are being used in any place of work, then it would be advisable to use a Hazchem spill kit.
Absorb Hazchem Spill Kit (Blue):
This kit is to be used with hazardous chemicals such as alkalies and acids. This is not to be used when removing oil from water and always use the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when using this product.
There is also an environmental protection service available in conjunction with the spill kit service and includes the following:
- How goods and services enter and leave the workplace
- How chemicals are stored
- A survey of all workplaces
- A survey of all refueling sites
- Site drainage
- A check of bunding walls and dykes if used
- A check around the entire boundary
- A critical look at any wash down bays
- Any training requirements
- Re stoking and servicing of spill kits
Preparation is the key to safety management, no more, no less.
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