Other Industries Case Studies

Other Industries That Can Benefit from Spill Absorbents

It’s hard to think of an industry that wouldn’t benefit from using a high-performing spill absorbent like SpillFix. Here are some that we believe need them most urgently because of the higher likelihood that workers will be exposed to bodily fluids or hazardous materials:

 

  • Auto repair and body shops
  • Drycleaning
  • Educational facilities:
      • Cafeterias
      • Classrooms, particularly art rooms and science labs
      • Nurses’ offices
      • Preschools, particularly infant and toddler rooms where potty training is provided
      • Dormitories
  • HVAC
  • Landscaping
  • Natural gas fracking
  • Oil extraction
  • Pest control
  • Plumbing
  • Refineries

These industries use a lot of chemicals that can be harmful if spills are not quickly contained, cleaned, and properly disposed of. We consider SpillFix to be a preventive tool as well as a cleaning one in some of the higher-risk industries like oil extraction, natural gas fracking, and refining. These are industries where safety measures help reduce accidents and contain them when they occur.

Although plumbing isn’t generally considered a high-risk occupation, it can be in certain industries like construction and restoration. (Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in the U.S.) Plumbers encounter sludge, for example, which can have any number of toxins (including body fluids), yet they tend to rely on towels and rags for cleanup.

Landscapers carry octane and gasoline to power their equipment and toxic chemicals to treat weeds. A spill from any of these agents can pose personal health and local environmental risks.

Pest control is another industry that requires using toxic chemicals that must be promptly removed if spilled.

Common Types of Spills

  • Automotive fluids:
      • Battery acid
      • Brake fluid
      • Coolant
      • Motor oil
      • Paint
      • Power steering fluid
      • Transmission fluid
  • Beverages
      • Beer
      • Coffee
      • Juice
      • Soda
      • Tea
      • Wine
  • Detergents
  • Drilling fluids
  • Formic acid/formaldehyde
  • Gasoline
  • Hydrocarbon fluids
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Octane
  • Oil
  • Urine
  • Water, including water contaminated with gases like benzene

 

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"“We had to find something that didn’t create spontaneous fires occurring in our dumpsters."

Safety & Environmental Compliance Manager, Ventura Foods