Spill Containment in the Workplace
It can be scary to be in a place where an incident of hazardous chemical spill has taken place. People, in reaction to the spill, tend to want to try to do something to contain the spill. Unfortunately, this is not the right way to deal with the problem. 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 should be spill containment training sessions which will outline to the workers the proper procedures in containing spills and this training should be addressed to those people who are exposed daily to hazardous agents.
Of course, the best way to do it is to have the right equipment for this problem. It is best to use spill pallets and spill containment berms to help initially contain the spill. 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. Attention should similarly given to transportation corridors. If there is a way to channel the spill safely into a secure temporary or disaster holding spaces that area away from sparks, open flames, electrical circuits or employees, then the simplest thing that the workers can do is to deactivate whatever device they are using and then leave the area when there is a spill.
Chemical storage in the form of external storage tanks can overfill or deteriorate, which can be a cause of leaking. The solution for this problem is diking. The dikes have to surround the tanks so that it can collect spills and prevent the distribution of the spilled or leaked liquids which can be flammable, corrosive, or harmful. This method is recommended by the OSHA or occupational safety and health administration and in some conditions mandated by law depending on the volume of tank being used.
Although these dikes are useful, before they are constructed consideration has to be made regarding vehicular traffic in the storage space. Make sure that OSHA does not prohibit installing dikes near chemical containers like they do for certain chemicals.
The use of diatomaceous earth is recommended by 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.
By using pressurized applicators, chemicals can be sprayed to the spill. The spreading substance can be stopped by these chemicals. It also reduces the effects of any fumes or it can also 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.
Request forbidden by administrative rules.