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 first reaction of people within the spill site is to do something about the situation. This is far from being the right solution. 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. Training workers who are daily exposed to hazardous agent on the proper procedures to contain spills so that the next time a spill happens, they will be prepared to do the right thing.
Having the right equipment for the spill containment is the best way to do it. It is best to use spill pallets and spill containment berms to help initially contain the spill. Proper management of the areas where spills take place is perhaps the best preventive for spills. Attention should similarly given to transportation corridors. One great idea is finding a way to channel the spill to a place away from heating elements and circuits to keep them away, and all workers needs to do is to simply evacuate the area.
External tanks can leak if they are overfilled or when they are deteriorated . The solution for this problem is diking. These liquids are highly flammable, corrosive and harmful and it order to prevent them from spreading around, the dikes can collect them. OSHA recommends diking and is some cases even mandated by the law.
People should consider vehicular traffic in the storage space before diking. The OSHA should not stop them from installing dikes near chemical containers.
Diatomaceous earth is also highly recommended by the OSHA to control spills. You can spread this chalk-like substance to stop potential hazards. This is also a proven technique. If worker can use diatomaceous earth as an element of a disaster response plan that does not put them in any harm, then it can be a competent option for containing a spill.
There are also chemicals that can be sprayed to the spill through pressurized applicators. The spill spreading process can be stopped by the sprayed chemicals. 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. It is easier to dispose of the spill if it hardens and once disposed of then 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.