Spills in the workplace have the potential to be catastrophic. An uncontained spill can cause damage to the environment, damage to equipment and property, and is a slip and fall hazard. Whether it's a chemical spill, an oil spill, or just a spill of water, facilities must be adequately prepared with the right spill kits and containment supplies to address the spill immediately.

It's important to have both a prevention and response plan in place for spills. To reduce the risk of a spill, storage containers of liquid should be kept on secure shelving with heavier containers (typically for chemicals) are placed near the floor. A common cause of oil spills in the workplace is faulty or unmaintained equipment. Small leaks or machines slowly dripping can make for a major hazard -- maintenance is key to preventing spills.

The amount of damage a spill will have on your facility will largely depend on the few minutes following the spill. Employers have the responsibility to develop an effective containment and cleanup response plan beginning with a hazard assessment. During this walk-through, spill hazards will need to be identified along with the type of fluid and potential size of the spill. One of the most critical responsibilities a safety manager has is the responsibility to select a spill kit. Spill kits and stations are stocked with everything needed to respond to an emergency spill like drain covers, socks, sorbents, and PPE, all designed to tackle a specific fluid.

Creative Safety Supply is dedicated to providing the spill response resources and supplies safety managers need.

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Spill Cleanup Questions and Answers

What are the benefits of having spill kits?

Probably the most beneficial component of a spill kit is that they are pre-packaged with all the materials that will be needed in the spill clean-up procedure. Once a spill… 

What are the specific steps to containing a spill?

When it comes to cleaning up chemical spills, we’ve outlined handling the spill in nine simple steps, as follows: Evaluate the risk: Immediately after a spill occur you will want… 

What are types of spills that have specific clean-up procedures?

Usually, a universal spill kit, a biohazard spill kit, or an oil spill kit, will get the job done of absorbing and cleaning up a spill. The following six substances… 

What are different absorbents used for spill clean-up?

Sorbents, also referred to as absorbents, are specifically formulated for the spill they are intended to clean the spill. Absorbents are any materials that have the ability to quickly soak… 

What PPE is included in spill kits?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial component in any spill kit whether it is a universal kit or a biohazard kit. The following are examples of PPE (from Creative… 

What should I include in spill kit training?

Like any other safety or hazardous material program in place, an employer or safety manager will need to have a training program specifically focused on spill kits and spill response… 

How do I choose the right spill kit for my facility?

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… 

What is in a biohazard spill kit?

Biological hazards present a unique set of risks because they pose a threat to the health of a living organism, most often humans. Because there is a risk of potentially… 

Does OSHA have spill kit requirements?

Although OSHA recognizes that hazardous site clean-up plans and procedures will be specific to the workplace, OSHA has published the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) that applies… 

How many times can a spill kit be used?

Spill kits are designed for one-time use and one-time use only. The contents of a spill kit, and the spill kit itself are all designed for one-time use. The PPE… 

Where should spill kits be located?

Firstly, the items of a spill kit should be stored in a container large enough for the spill and made out of an appropriate material to store the contents. Spill… 

What does a spill kit usually always include?

While spill kits are designed for certain spills, all spill kits usually consist of the same three elements: PPE, sorbents, and clean-up items. Workers should be trained on the differences… 

What does a universal spill kit contain?

Universal spill kits are the most commonly found type of spill kit in the workplace because of its ability to clean a wide range of liquids. These kits are not… 

What are different types of spill kits?

There are several different types of spill kits depending on the liquid that is spilled. To ensure safety and prevent injuries, it is crucial to have a spill kit that… 

What does spill clean-up entail?

A spill in the workplace can cause a variety of hazards and risks to employees. Spilling chemicals or other corrosives pose an obvious threat, but spills also pose a slipping… 

Spill Cleanup Podcasts

Storm cleanup done by company employees can cause them injury. Listen for tips on how to protect workers from the… 

Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed… 

Chemical spill! Stay and clean up, or call 911? Be ready to decide with these 9 steps on evaluating and… 

Chemical safety in the workplace requires solid cooperation between management and employees. Workers must wear the proper PPE, which will vary… 

Helmets, ear protection, eye protection are all important. However, safety managers must ensure foot protection is a priority too. The foot… 

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