What is a Spill Kit
A spill kit is a well-organized set of equipment that has been specifically designed to deal with cleaning up dangerous substances. It enables you to efficiently clean the spill in the safest way possible. Spill kits come in many different forms and can purpose different types of spills. There are kits in duffle bags, wheelie bins, and even trailers. The typical contents of a spill kit include:
- Waste disposal bags
- PPE wear (personal protective equipment)
- Absorbents for soaking up the spill
- A containment boom for preventing further spread of the spill
- Dispersants (in some cases)
The purpose of a spill kit is to contain the spill as quickly as possible and clean it up effectively. As a responsible workplace, it is your job to protect your staff and the environment. Working with hazardous chemicals should not be taken lightly. It is important to prepare for all possible situations.
There are 3 Main Types of Spill Kits
General-Purpose - a universal kit used for containing non-hazardous substances. The materials in this kit help to absorb coolants, water, solvents, and antifreeze.
Marine - designed to deal with grease and oil spills. The materials in this kit are designed to repel water, so can be used in an accident such as an ocean oil spill.
Workshop - suitable for dealing with hazardous chemicals and hydrocarbons. Used mostly in manufacturing plants and industries.