Having the right spill kit contents and equipment in place, along with adequately trained staff to respond to a spill, is fundamental to having a site spill response plan that will deliver in the event of an incident.
Whether you already have a site response plan in place or you are about to start the process, its worth going back to basics to ensure you understand your site as a whole. The spill kit contents will prove essential to the success of any spill containment or clean up.
Things to Remember
- Importantly, spill kits should be located in the spill area and remote from it allowing you to cover all eventualities.
- A common mistake is to over specify the size of kit. Remember: it only needs to be appropriate to the spill potential and your response plan should make provision to utilise kits from other areas in the event of a major incident.
- As an example if you have a spill from a 205ltr drum, you don’t need a 205ltr absorbent capacity spill kit as you are likely to roll the drum hole side up, or plug the hole in some way so the reality is that you might lose up to 40%. A spill kit of circa 90ltr capacity supported by other site kits would be more than adequate.
- Understanding potential spill path(s) any spilt liquid may take and whether your site is fully contained will allow you to determine what additional spill kit contents you will require.
Spill kit contents can include a range of products listed below:
- Drum sealing devices such as putty, wooden dowels or sealing straps.
- Temporary drain covers (disposable or reusable).
- Secondary containment system such as bunded stores.
- Non absorbing barriers to divert/contain liquid in a controlled manner.
- Drain sealing devices.
- Non absorbing containment booms.
- Decontamination showers for personnel involved in the spill.
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