Choosing the Right Spill kit
How important is a Spill Kit?
Very important! The prevention and control of spills is essential when working with hazardous chemicals, greasy substances, and any area potentially hazardous to the environment or wildlife.
And that’s not the only areas required. Spill kits are used worldwide by countless manufacturers, restaurants, constructions crews, trucking companies, labs, and warehouses. Regardless of your workplace, chances are you are going to have to deal with spills at one time or another.
Spill kits are a necessary part of any spill response plan, and there are many options available to choose from.
Which kit is right for me?
In General, there are 3 types of spill kits:
- Oil Only – Designed to handle hydrocarbons, fuel, and other oil based products.
- Universal – The most common style of spill kit, a Universal is designed to absorb non-hazardous types of spills
- Hazmat – Designed to absorb acid spills and other caustic aggressive chemicals
Each spill kit comes with a variation of the following:
- Absorbent Pads – For effective absorption, pads are placed directly in contact with the spill
- Absorbent Socks – For preventing the spread of spilt fluid, socks are used similar to a dam to contain the spill
- Pillows – High absorbent pillows are used to soak up large amounts of fluid
- Safety gear – Often includes nitrile gloves, goggles. Some instances include Tyvek coveralls, face mask, and protective boots
- Disposal Bag and Tie – To properly dispose of the materials once used
What size do I need?
There are 3 styles of spill kits we provide:
•Portable – For smaller spill prevention and cleanup, portable spill kits are often in small nylon bags, clear zipper bags, or a 5 gallon pail. The containment ranges from 5-25 gallons of contained fluid
•Overpack – Overpack spill kits are UN rated drum spill kits, ranging in size from 20 gal to 95 gal containers. These can soak up to 100 gallons of fluid in their larger sizes. Drums are designed to be stationary, and left in a known, common area for workers ease of access
•Wheeled – A larger sized spill kit with wheels, these kits have 30, 60, and 90 gallon containers, and can contain up to 90 gallons of a spill in their larger sizes