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Choosing spill kits? Check the 10 essentials

  1. Take a good look at the area, checking for drains and other outlets. If there are drains, you’ll need to ensure the correct drain protection covers are included in the spill kit.
  2. Think about where you’ll site the spill kit. It needs to be easily accessible if there’s a spill.
  3. Understand the nature of the liquids you have on site. There are general-purpose kits, hydrophobic kits and some suitable for dealing with chemical spills.
  4. What volume of liquid could be spilt? Bigger volumes will require bigger kits but bear in mind point 5 below.
  5. Bigger spills can often be dealt with using 3 or 4 smaller kits, rather than 1 or 2 large ones, because you’ll have the option to attack the spill from different angles.
  6. If you’re including PPE within the kit, make sure it’s suitable and safe to use with the liquids you could spill.
  7. Make sure you have the correct mix of spill media i.e. booms, mats, or pillows.
  8. If the liquids you use are hazardous, you will need hazardous waste disposal bags. Make sure they’re included in the kit in sufficient quantities.
  9. Ensure there are robust auditing and reporting systems in place. Spill kits are like fire extinguishers and when you need them, they need to be fit for purpose.
  10. Make sure operators are trained in the use of spill kits, otherwise an easily managed incident could escalate into a disaster.

A spill incident can have a devastating impact on your business. Get it wrong and you could face huge fines, bad publicity and even a jail sentence. It’s not worth the risk. Our expertise is spill management. Our robust systems will keep you compliant and save you time, hassle and money. We’re always ready to help. Call us.

To contact our spill team please ring 01606 352 679 or email enquiries@spillcraft.co.uk