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Spill Kits : Spilling the beans on choosing a Spill Kit

New to spill kits? Here are 3 points to help you choose best fit Spill Kit.

1. What type of liquids and what type of Spill Kit?

Spill kits can clean up a host of different types of liquids, but you need the right one for the right job. There is no point in having a “garden variety” one to clean up across the board. For example, using a spill kit designed for oils to clean up corrosive chemicals won’t work very well — and could even be dangerous.

So it makes sense to have different Spill Kits in different places: the spill kit you have on the factory floor may well be different to the Spill Kit in the office and different again to those in your transport vehicles. The three categories are:

  • Chemical Spill Kits: for corrosive or unknown liquids
  • Universal Spill Kits: for water-based, non-corrosive liquids
  • Oil Spill Kits: including cleaning up oil on water

2. How big Spill Kit do you need it?

This question could be looked at as “how much liquid is your worst-case spill?”. Think about the biggest volume that could spill from a drum, shuttle, container or holding tank. That’s the size or number of spill kits you’ll need.

However, on the flip side, it may actually not be practical to absorb the entire spill — particularly if it’s very big. In cases like this, it’s sensible to use a spill kit in combination with non-absorbent spill control (think drain covers, barriers, plugs and so on) to firstly channel or contain the spill. This allows you to recover the liquid via a pump or vacuum, and then use a spill kit on the rest after most of the liquid has been removed.

3. What type of container? And where?

This really comes down to what works best for each situation. You may prefer to have a spill kit in every spot where spillages could occur — drum storage, waste-fluid collection stations, loading docks and so forth. Or, you may prefer just having one or two spill kits that can then be taken to the spill, by being carried (small), wheeled (bin size or larger) or moved on a forklift. Think about who’s trained to respond, so how far they’ll need to take the spill kit, and over what type of terrain (rough dirt or smooth concrete floor). It may also make sense to have a wall-mounted spill kits (small spills) or a response centre (large spills).

By working through the questions above, you’re now in a position to choose which spill kits, what size, how many and where to put them.

If you have any more questions, such as what is a spill kit, or what’s in them, check out our FAQ’s and blog.