A couple years ago, a factory I was in had an emergency in which a worker punctured a drum of acid with his forklift. Why they had the drum out in the warehouse and not stored properly is beyond my understanding, but luckily the driver didn’t get hurt, and the spill only got on a pallet or two of product and onto the floor. Several people panicked when they saw what the contents were, but the cool-headed maintenance supervisor brought out a chemical spill kit and immediately cordoned off the area.
Choose Your Sorbents Wisely
The spill kit had sorbents (absorbent materials) in it, and even some of those sock things that look kind of like the sandbag-type bags they use to keep water from flooding an area. When the chemical was contained and absorbed, they emptied the sorbents into the 30 gallon spill kit containment drum. It was all pretty easy and simple to discard, what with the chemical-resistant spill containment drum.
Whether it’s a chemical spill or an emergency oil spill situation, every company should have an emergency spill response plan in place, and a spill kit that can handle each emergency that comes up.
OSHA spill kit regulations– Know Your Spill
Not all emergencies are the created equally, though. Sometimes, there might be an oil spill in your plant that, although it can cause slipping and possible fire hazards, isn’t necessarily a “stop the entire production process so we can clean this up” kind of emergency.
Forklift Safety: Ensure best practices and protect your facility.
Forklifts are a tremendous tool, but without proper safety programs, these machines can cause catastrophic, deadly accidents. Safety is paramount to the success of any business, and this guide explains training information, tips, and inspection checklists to ensure forklifts are operate safely.
Other times, some dangerous chemical substance has spilled (like the example above), and you will need to bring in a chemical spill kit that can clean it up properly. Most companies that use any oil, chemical, or hazardous materials should have a spill kit that corresponds to the possible emergency spill or drip scenario.
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