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Just about every workplace has a chemical spill risk; some are just higher than the others.Job sites like auto repair facilities, oil refineries, and a range of manufacturers have an obvious need for a chemical spill response and cleanup procedure. But consider that even low-risk sites like offices need a chemical spill cleanup plan when, for example, coolant leaks out from air conditioning, or a delivery truck gushes gasoline, or oil in the parking lot.
Most Worksites Probably Need a Chemical Spill Emergency Response Plan
In our opinion, any workplace where a chemical spill is possible, needs an emergency response plan, particularly if a spilled liquid has flammable properties or poses a health risk from inhaling fumes or through skin contact.
Common Batteries Can Produce Chemical Spills
When people assure us that there their worksite is safe from chemical spills, we’re tempted to ask them how old their smartphone batteries are. Sometimes we do.The lithium batteries in old smartphones and laptops weaken with age and leak out acids and caustic fluids; this can also happen if they become overheated. Newer lithium batteries emit a sweet smell — some people describe it like bubblegum — when they begin to overheat. If they continue to heat up, they can leak out gaseous or liquid hydrogen fluoride. If it contacts moisture like sweat, it becomes the corrosive hydrofluoric acid.Regular alkaline batteries pose similar dangers and can leak electrolyte fluid of potassium hydroxide, which can irritate eyes and the skin.
Steps for a Chemical Spill Response Procedure
Usually, people who handle chemicals are responsible for chemical spill response and the cleanup. This is especially true at worksites where chemicals are frequently used. These sites are required to train personnel in chemical spill cleanup, but it’s always a good idea to have a backup in case the person involved in a spill becomes incapacitated. There are actually two major parts of any chemical spill response: an emergency process followed by an immediate cleanup.Emergency actions must include:
Immediately alerting people in the area and the appropriate supervisor(s)
Evacuating the area as needed
Contacting 911 or other first responders if there is a fire or medical attention is needed right away
Assessing people who have been or may have been contaminated by the spill:
Removing contaminated clothing
Flushing skin with water for at least 15 minutes
Control any materials that might ignite and ventilate the area
The chemical spill response should begin once the area is cleared.
The person(s) responsible for chemical spill clean up should put on personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, safety glasses, respirators, etc.).
Contain the spill, especially if there are floor drains or other ways the spill can pose an environmental threat.
Applying SpillFix compound around the perimeter of a spill will keep it from expanding
Absorb the spill — if you use SpillFix, immediately pour the compound directly on the spill to absorb and sweep it into a disposal container.
After the spill has been contained and cleaned, report to the supervisor
Components for a Chemical Spill Kit
As we’ve noted, not all workplaces are prone to chemical spills. However, not all liquid spills contain chemicals. Plus, it may not always be apparent if a spill does contain dangerous chemicals. It makes sense to put together a chemical spill kit. At a minimum, this should include:
A neutralizing agent
Dustpan and broom
Personal protective equipment
Waste disposal forms and labels
SpillFix portable spill kits put it all together for you. They include the items above except for neutralizer, which must be specific for the chemical, plus extras like boom SOCs and heavy-duty trash bags. Choose from two types of kits to handle small and large spills.
Why Choose SpillFix for Chemical Spill Cleanup?
There’s no shortage of spill cleanup products out there, even chemical spill kits. We offer SpillFix as a superior choice for these reasons:
SpillFix is a universal absorbent. When it’s being used to contain a spill, the proper neutralizer can be retrieved.
SpillFix works very quickly (measured at 85% faster than competing products) and leaves no residue behind. It does not require post-cleanup steps.
The SpillFix compound is not powdery or dusty, so it won’t cause inhalation problems. In fact, SpillFix is 100% organic and safe for anyone to use.
You’ll need a lot less SpillFix than competing products. It’s extremely absorbent, so a small amount of it goes a long way. This means less weight to carry when responding to a chemical spill and ultimately, less cost to your business.
“Bar-B-Que sauce is easy enough to clean up when it’s on your fingers and lips, but it’s an entirely different story when a five-gallon jug of it ruptures and flows onto a warehouse floor. SpillFix was applied to the entire disaster area – from the pallet to the cardboard, the shrink wrap and the growing puddle on the floor. In three and a half minutes, the entire mess was cleaned, and the warehouse was restored to a safe workplace again — using just one product.”
Warehouse Supervisor, Food Manufacturing
"I have yet to encounter a spill or leak this product can’t handle. Without SpillFix, my job would be much more difficult to achieve. I fully give this product a 100% success. I’ve been working here for almost 8 years. Best thing I’ve ever used in my job to date." Read case study.
Ground Operations Administrator, FedEX
"Our company mission is all about sustainability so SpillFix is a great fit for us."
John C., Oil & Steel Industry
"I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like it." Read case study.
Scott B, Maintenance Manager
"SpillFix left no residue removing any slip and fall threat to our workers."
Chris B., Heavy Manufacturing Industry
"The most important thing for us is that the product works, and it does." Read case study.
Travis B., Operations Manager
"SpillFix played an essential role to get us LEAN Certified."
"SpillFix is the fastest, easiest and the most effective absorbent we have ever used. Hands down."
Tim O., Manufacturing Industry
"SpillFix helps us keep spills under control in dorms, cafeterias and other common areas. Huge savings in disposal costs and maintenance and repairs deferred."
Joe K., Higher Education Sector
"SpillFix cleans the spills up on our floors better than the previous current products. However, the cleaning has to be done correctly, this is a watch-out-change for our team. In the past, we put down our current product and walked away for a few hours or a day. SpillFix should be cleaned up right away." Read case study.