Your First 10 Actions In The Event of An Emergency Spillage
Spills of uncontrolled fluids, such as oils and chemicals, pose a significant risk to those around them and to the Environment.
It is vital that you have an effective spill response plan in place to deal with any emergency spills of fluids on your site.
You should also have the appropriate, fully stocked spill response and containment products, located throughout your site and that your staff know how to properly deploy these products to effectively contain and clear up any spillages before they enter the water ways, which can lead to pollution and substantial fines.
What to do when you have emergency spillage:
- Setup a restricted area and exclude any unnecessary persons
- Ventilate the area and eliminate any sources of ignition
- Provide and wear suitable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Brief responders on the hazards present to ensure safe working
- Attend to any injured
- Determine what the spilt substance is
- Risk assess the situation (fire, explosion, hazardous reaction. Is there any exposure to fumes, risk of slips or any manual handling issues)
- Contain to hard surface
- Protect drains using appropriate drain covers and absorbent socks
- Use Spill Kits and Absorbents to contain and clear up the spillage
Resist the use of dilute and disperse technique. This is for Environment Agency or Fire Service to decide
What training is available to help
We are accredited members of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and can provide the essential training you need to ensure that your staff have the confidence and ability to safely plan and implement emergency spill control.
If you are concerned that you or your staff do not know how to effectively use your spill containment products or know how to plan an effective emergency spill response plan, please contact us by clicking here