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Think about how spills are handled in your business. Do you teach a proper procedure that workers follow or do employees just grab some paper towels and call it quits? If your answer is the latter, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Not only will preparing a proper spill response increase productivity and lower worker-related injuries and costs, but operating without knowing how to properly clean spills under today’s legal requirements puts your entire company and bottom line at risk as well.
Don’t put your business and workers on the line – take action now to save yourself from major trouble later!
The first step in creating a proper spill response plan is knowing how to prevent spills from occurring. Encourage your employees to keep their areas clean to reduce the risk of knocking over buckets or containers. When they finish using something, workers should take extra care to make sure lids are screwed correctly and tightly. Then, place containers away from work areas – such as in a closet or on a higher shelf.
Preventing spills from occurring is the best weapon in a spill response plan. However despite your best efforts, spills do accidentally occur from time to time. In this instance, the next step would be evaluating the risk.
Evaluate the risk
Many different types of substances can accidentally spill in the workplace. We divided them into two categories:
The spill can pose an immediate risk to the health of workers
The spill is a fire hazard or explosion risk
The spill involves a highly dangerous chemical
In these instances, calling emergency services and getting workers to safety is the first priority.
The spill is in a manageable amount
The spill does not pose an immediate risk to the health of workers
In the event of a minor spill, it is safe and recommended to proceed with your spill response plan.
Commence cleaning using a spill kit
The spill kit in your possession should contain two important categories of equipment: personal protective equipment and equipment needed to small spills.
Personal Protective Equipment
Heavy duty gloves
Absorbent pads or boom sticks to contain spills
Spill absorbent product to clean spills correctly
Plastic dust pan and broom to clean up used spill absorbent products
Large container to dispose of used spill absorbent products
Choosing what spill absorbent to keep in your spill kit is a hard task. Business owners should look for an absorbent product that will do more good than harm to the situation. This comes into play when choosing between a familiar clay absorbent product or a more natural approach.
Clay absorbent products, while popular, give off dangerous dust particles when opening the bag or pouring onto a spill. This dust could enter a worker’s lungs and cause illness or injuries to their internal organs. That is why we recommend choosing a natural spill absorbent such as SpillFix. Our products are made from an organic renewable resource, coconut husk. Because SpillFix manufactures create the absorbent from this renewable resource, workers can use the product without fear of harmful dust particles – and, as you can see, will have a much easier time cleaning the mess as well.
In the end, businesses should always stay prepared for a spill in the workplace. Having a spill response plan ready will eliminate confusion on company policy and help keep workers safe from workplace accidents.
“Bar-B-Que sauce is easy enough to clean up when it’s on your fingers and lips, but it’s an entirely different story when a five-gallon jug of it ruptures and flows onto a warehouse floor. SpillFix was applied to the entire disaster area – from the pallet to the cardboard, the shrink wrap and the growing puddle on the floor. In three and a half minutes, the entire mess was cleaned, and the warehouse was restored to a safe workplace again — using just one product.”
Warehouse Supervisor, Food Manufacturing
"I have yet to encounter a spill or leak this product can’t handle. Without SpillFix, my job would be much more difficult to achieve. I fully give this product a 100% success. I’ve been working here for almost 8 years. Best thing I’ve ever used in my job to date." Read case study.
Ground Operations Administrator, FedEX
"Our company mission is all about sustainability so SpillFix is a great fit for us."
John C., Oil & Steel Industry
"I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like it." Read case study.
Scott B, Maintenance Manager
"SpillFix left no residue removing any slip and fall threat to our workers."
Chris B., Heavy Manufacturing Industry
"The most important thing for us is that the product works, and it does." Read case study.
Travis B., Operations Manager
"SpillFix played an essential role to get us LEAN Certified."
"SpillFix is the fastest, easiest and the most effective absorbent we have ever used. Hands down."
Tim O., Manufacturing Industry
"SpillFix helps us keep spills under control in dorms, cafeterias and other common areas. Huge savings in disposal costs and maintenance and repairs deferred."
Joe K., Higher Education Sector
"SpillFix cleans the spills up on our floors better than the previous current products. However, the cleaning has to be done correctly, this is a watch-out-change for our team. In the past, we put down our current product and walked away for a few hours or a day. SpillFix should be cleaned up right away." Read case study.
Fleet Manager, Beverage Manufacturer
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