Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, accidents, such as spills here and there do happen. Apart from cleaning spilled substances (both in land and water), the tricky part lies in containing them to avoid hazards.
Chemical spill kits are made for such situations. How important are chemical spill kits and what does it contain? Read on to find out.
Why are spill kits important?
Chemical spill kits are important to prevent hazardous substances from wreaking havoc to the environment and to people’s health. Different kinds of substances and working environment require a different kind of spill kit. There are kits that are made to absorb chemical spills on solid surfaces, while there are ones designed to prevent chemicals from further spreading and damaging bodies of water. Then, there are also truck spill kits for truck drivers transporting a huge amount of chemical substances from one place to another.
Apart from preventing further damage to the environment, spill kits protect people from health hazards from being in contact or simply inhaling such chemicals.
What should be inside a spill kit?
As mentioned, there are different types of spill kits for different circumstances. But, the most basic materials a spill kit should have are:
Personal protective equipment
- At least 2 pairs of chemical splash goggles
- At least 2 pairs of chemical resistant gloves
- At least 2 pairs of rubber shoe cover
- At least 2 pieces of overall covers
Absorption and Clean-up materials
- Pads, sponges, pillows and spill socks for absorption
- Plastic scoop or shovel to consolidate solid materials; tongs to pick them up
- Heavy duty waste bags
- Heavy duty tape for sealing
- Hazardous waste labels
- Brush and detergent for cleaning
More materials should be included on the list depending on the type of chemical and area where one would be working with. While these spill kits allow you to handle emergency situations, calling professional help especially when spills are more than 1L should be made.
A complete spill kit, plus the presence of mind and teamwork can save more people and the environment in ways you can never imagine.