1. ASSESS THE RISK
From the moment a spill occurs and throughout the response effort, determine the risks that may affect human health, the environment, and property.
If possible, identify the spilled material and determine how much has spilled. Use the container’s label or the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to identify the liquid and the primary dangers posed to spill responders and the environment.
2. SELECT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Choose the appropriate PPE to safely respond to the spill. Consult MSDS and literature from chemical and PPE manufacturers for best PPE recommendations. If you are uncertain of the danger or the spilled material is unknown, assume the worst and use the highest level of protection.
3. CONFINE THE SPILL
Limit the spill area by blocking, diverting, or confining the spill. Use contained absorbents including the SYSBEL socks found in our spill kits. Stop the spread of liquid before it has a chance to contaminate a water source. Spill kits are designed to facilitate a quick, effective response. Non-absorbent barriers, such as Dike and Drain Plug, are also available to confine liquids, minimize the spill area, and protect drains.
4. STOP THE SOURCE
After the spill is confined, stop the source of the spill. This may simply involve turning a container upright, closing a valve, or plugging a leak from a damaged drum or container. Products such as Repair Putty, barrel patches, and cone plugs are effective at stopping leaks. Transfer liquids from the damaged container to a new one.
5. IMPLEMENT CLEANUP
Once the spill is confined with socks or dikes and the source has been stopped, it is time to reassess the incident and develop a plan of action for implementing the spill cleanup.
Pillows and Mat Pads should be used to absorb the remainder of the spill. Simply place the pillows and pads throughout the spill area. Once the absorbents are saturated, they should be properly disposed. Used absorbents may be considered hazardous waste and should be managed properly.
Decontaminate the site, personnel, and equipment by removing or neutralizing the hazardous materials that have accumulated during the spill.
This may involve removing and disposing of contaminated media, such as earth, that were exposed during the spill incident.
An effective decontamination area ensures the health and safety of emergency responders.
7. COMPLETE REQUIRED REPORTS
Complete all notifications and reporting required by local, state, and Federal guidelines for reporting spill incidents. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties!