If your facility deals with hazardous chemicals, your facility also needs to be prepared in the event of a spill. From OSHA regulations to different types of spill kits, we’ve gathered our spill cleanup resources here.

Spill Cleanup Articles

Waste Water Treatment Labeling

Waste Water Treatment Labeling

Waste water treatment labeling ensures that all water and flow is accurately labeled. keeping employees safe from contaminated water.

Labeling, Workplace Safety, Regulations & Compliance, Spill Cleanup

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 occurs time is of the essence and being able to quickly grab the kit will ensure the spill is addressed immediately and effectively. Workers should… read answer

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 to ask yourself a few questions that will determine your actions in the next steps. First, identify the liquid. Is it dangerous to breathe? Is… read answer

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 however require specific tools or procedures to be used in the clean-up process. (Remember to refer to Safety Data Sheet’s and OSHA’s guidelines to these… read answer

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 up a type of liquid. The following are four different categories of sorbents that can often be found in a spill kit. Mats, pads, and… read answer

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 Safety Supply’s Spill Kit User Guide) that can be found in a variety of kits and should be considered during the purchasing process. Eye and… read answer

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 operations. These trainings will need to be documented and thorough as those who understand procedures are less likely to panic in an emergency. The training… read answer

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 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… read answer

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 infectious materials (including but not limited to blood, body tissues, organs, and other bodily fluids), it is important to plan and be prepared for a… read answer

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 largely to operations regarding hazardous substances. These standards include a written and implemented safety and health program comprised of the following, as from the HAZWOPER… read answer

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 included in a kit (save for respirators which should be stored elsewhere) is developed to be used in the event of a spill and to… read answer

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 kits are ineffective if they are kept in remote corners or hidden away in a closet, or if an employee does not know where they… read answer

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 between materials and the limits of PPE included to ensure safety. These items include the following: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Whether the kit is designed… read answer

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 designed for a specific type of spill but works well to clean up oil-based products, water-based products, as well as a variety of chemicals. The… read answer

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 can handle the spill effectively. It is also advised to keep multiple kits on site due to the fact that spill kits are a one-time… read answer

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 hazard. It is important for a facility to be prepared for a spill at any given moment, and for workers to understand the proper procedures… read answer

Spill Cleanup Guides


Spill Cleanup Products


Spill Cleanup Podcasts

4 Hazards of Storm Cleanup

4 Hazards of Storm Cleanup

Storm cleanup done by company employees can cause them injury. Listen for tips on how to protect workers from the four major dangers of storm cleanup. Slips, trips and falls, water

Electrical Safety, Spill Cleanup, Safety

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed new walking-working surfaces rule. Good footwear, guardrails and housekeeping are just

Floor Marking, Safety Signs, OSHA, Workplace Safety, Spill Cleanup, Safety

Chemical Spill Cleanup In 9 Steps

Chemical Spill Cleanup In 9 Steps

Chemical spill! Stay and clean up, or call 911? Be ready to decide with these 9 steps on evaluating and cleaning up. A toxic chemical spill can happen without warning, requiring

PPE, Spill Cleanup, Safety

Chemical Safety

Chemical Safety

Chemical safety in the workplace requires solid cooperation between management and employees. Workers must wear the proper PPE, which will vary based on the chemicals being handled. To maintain industrial hygiene, employees

GHS, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Spill Cleanup, Hazcom, Safety

Foot Protection

Foot Protection

Helmets, ear protection, eye protection are all important. However, safety managers must ensure foot protection is a priority too. The foot is susceptible to many dangers at a jobsite. OHSA warns

Electrical Safety, Workplace Safety, Spill Cleanup, Safety

Unable to play video? Click here