The first step in choosing an appropriate spill kit that suits the needs of the workplace is to take an in-depth assessment of the facility. In this step it will be determined the kind(s) of spill kits that are needed, the size(s) they should be, and how many will be necessary.
The following are steps that should be taken in to prepare your facility for a spill:
- Identify possible spill areas: Determine the areas in the workplace where fluids and chemicals are being stored or transported. Some common locations to look at are loading docks, sore rooms, labs, and production lines. Look for places where potential spills can occur and whether the area will need a single spill kit or multiple spill kits.
- Identify the liquids at hand: Whether it’s water, a type of oil, a nonhazardous chemical, or an extremely hazardous chemical, it is important to understand the type of liquid that could be spilled; this will determine the type of spill kit that will need to be purchased. The majority of liquids found in an industrial workplace can be cleaned up with a universal spill kit, but it is still crucial to identify liquids and prepare accordingly in cases you need a chemical spill kit or an oil spill kit.
- Determine the size of possible spills: The spill kit chosen should have the capacity and capabilities to absorb and clean the largest amount of liquid that could be spilled. The container that the spill kit is housed in should have the space and capacity for the largest spill possible.
- Choose where to place the spill kits: It is important to not only have multiple kits on hand, but to choose appropriate places for these spill kits to be housed. Spill kits should be located in places they are most likely to be used, easily accessible to all employees, and well-marked with a wall and/or floor sign.