Spill Containment in the Workplace
It can be scary to be in a place where an incident of hazardous chemical spill has taken place. The reaction of most people in the event of a spill is to try to do something to prevent it from spreading. This should not be done by ordinary workers. Trying to stop or slow down an unsafe spill is not to be done by workers because they are putting themselves in harm’s way. There are workers who are daily exposed to hazardous agents, and these workers should be given spill containment trainings to let the workers know the proper procedures in containing spills.
Having the right equipment for the spill containment is the best way to do it. Spill pallets and spill containment berms should be available as a primary safeguard against spills. Perhaps the best weapon for this is to make sure that there is proper management of production and storage areas which are the most common places where spills take place. Transportation corridors should be given the same amount of attention. Channeling a spill safely into a secure temporary or disaster holding spaces away from sparks, open flames, electrical circuits, and people is one great solution and all workers need to do is to evacuate.
Chemical storage in the form of external storage tanks can overfill or deteriorate, which can be a cause of leaking. Diking can be a solution to this problem. To prevent the distribution of the spilled or leaked liquids, the dikes have to surround the tanks to collect the spills. Depending on the volume of the tank, the method is mandated by law and recommended by OSHA.
These dikes and barriers are very useful but consideration should also be made for vehicular traffic in the storage space itself. Make sure that OSHA does not prohibit installing dikes near chemical containers like they do for certain chemicals.
Diatomaceous earth is also highly recommended by the OSHA to control spills. This is a chalk-like substance that you can spread to stop potential hazardous liquids. The effect of this method is a successful stoppage of the spill to spread around. Using diatomaceous earth can be a competent option for contain a spill.
There are also chemicals that can be sprayed to the spill through pressurized applicators. These chemicals can stop the progress of the spreading substance. Fumes can be reduced by this chemical as well as it can solidify the hazardous substance in question. These chemicals can harden the substance, or change them chemically to change its combustibility. This way it can be safely disposed of once the danger is over. Fast-acting agents can also used to produce quick barriers because they can affect the primary edges of a spill to swiftly lost its fluidity.