Accidents happen, therefore you should have plans in place and steps to follow when a spill in the workplace occurs.
These 8 steps can assist you when responding to a chemical, oil or hazardous spill.
1. Assess the risk
- That is faced to personnel, the environment & property.
- Inform colleagues & wait for at least one other person is in attendance before dealing with the incident.
- Determine the liquid type, the quantity & if there are casualties.
- Wear P.P.E so you can safely respond to the spill.
- Check the S.D.S. (Safety Data Sheet) for any hazards associated with the liquid spilled.
3. Contain the Spill
- This will reduce area of contamination & lessen the impact of the spill.
- Use absorbent socks, brooms & physical barriers.
4. Stop the spill
- Once the spill has been contained STOP the source of the spill; roll a drum damaged side up, turn a tap off, plug the hole in a container etc. & if appropriate decant any remaining liquid into a secondary container.
- REMEMBER, NEVER STEP IN THE SPILL.
- RE-ASSESS the situation before starting clean upensure the spill is fully under control.
6. Clean up
- Treat all contaminated material as the liquid spilled & dispose of clean up equipment accordingly.
- Ensure all the personnel involved with the spill are fully decontaminated.
- The site of the spill, all P.P.E. & equipment must also be fully decontaminated & checked.
- If items have been damaged or cannot be fully decontaminated, dispose of accordingly & replace with new.
8. Report and replenish
- De-brief all personnel involved, compile a complete report of the incident and fill out all associated paperwork.
- If needs be, change your procedures and/or the location of some or all of your spill response equipment.
- Remember to replenish/re-stock all front line equipment and back-up stocks including P.P.E., drain covers etc.
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