Logistics and Distribution Industry Case Studies

Why Distribution Centers need Spill Absorbents

Distribution centers are busy places, with products coming in and out, sometimes on a 24-hour basis. They deal with leaks from the equipment as well as products with damaged packaging.

One of our customers who distributes meat and dairy products discovered a punctured cryopak of beef ribs inside a warehouse cooler. (“It wasn’t a pretty sight.”) Past experience had shown that clay-based absorbents do not work on sticky residue and are too dusty to use inside refrigerators.

Normally, expensive and slow-acting foam is used to clean this kind of spill. After applying SpillFix to the puddles, “the mess was cleaned up dry, without residue, within a matter of seconds… I was in awe.”

The Benefits of Spill Absorbents for Distribution Centers

Warehouse floors must be kept clean and free of debris and slippery patches. Spilled liquids must be promptly cleaned up for safety purposes as well as to maintain schedules.

Ideally, the spill absorbent used in a distribution center can absorb any liquid that spills from burst product packages to leaks from motorized vehicles that zip around the centers.

One retail distribution center customer told us SpillFix delivered instant cleaning, reducing the time employees spend clearing up spills by 80%. “It just works where no other granular absorbent did.”

SpillFix’s fast acting absorbents literally put warehouses back on schedule.

Common Types of Spills

  • Motor oil
  • Gasoline
  • Transmission fluid
  • Water

Distribution centers hold all kinds of products that may or may not leak fluids. Across the industry, automotive fluids are probably the most common leaks since all distribution centers have vehicles operating inside like forklifts, golf carts, and lift carts.

Distribution centers located in cold regions where there may be extensive freezes are at risk for burst pipes during extensive freezes.

Absorbents for the Healthcare Industry

Spill absorbents have always been used in healthcare, if nothing else than to mop up after bodily fluids resulting from accidents, surgeries, and certain treatments. It really wasn’t until HIV was identified as an infectious agent that much attention was paid to preventing exposure to bodily fluids, and identifying ways to quickly and safely clean and dispose of them.

HIV is not the only transmittable virus that healthcare personnel may be exposed to. All forms of hepatitis are highly infectious, and the rise of antibiotic-resistant MRSA is another concern, particularly in hospitals. Personnel who work in an emergency crisis like ebola, including those who remove bodies of deceased patients and provide interment services, face the greatest unknowns in terms of treatment if they are exposed.

It’s hard to think of another time when fast, safe, and thorough absorbents have been more urgent for healthcare workers to keep nearby.

Finally, healthcare facilities are busy places where spills must be quickly cleaned to prevent falls and remove unsightly messes.

Common Types of Spills

  • Blood
  • Urine
  • Vomit
  • Faeces
  • Medications

National Dept. Store Retailer, Distribution Center
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