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Do You Need a Spill Kit?

August 12, 2014

You probably don’t expect a fire to occur in your workplace, but odds are that you keep a fire extinguisher handy all the same – just in case. Prevention will always be your best line of defense, but preparation surely takes a close second. Fire extinguishers offer you the best of both worlds: preparation for the unexpected, and the ability to prevent something small from progressing into a full-blown disaster. A spill kit works much the same way.

Why You Need a Spill Kit

To minimize the risk from a chemical spill, an immediate response is imperative. The purpose of a spill kit is help you prepare for that importantly prompt response and clean-up of a spill, discharge, or leak of hazardous materials or wastes. In areas where chemicals are handled or kept, it’s essential that spill kits are close at hand.

hydrocarbon spill kit

What A Skill Kit Contains

A spill kit is actually just an assortment of items that make an effective response to a spill possible. The specific contents will vary depending on the types of hazardous materials used in your facility, but the basics remain the same:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),
  • absorbent materials,
  • containment equipment,
  • spill handling equipment,
  • a disposal container, and
  • information for employees about what steps they should take in the event of an accidental spill or release.

Where You Can Get a Spill Kit

Hazardous Waste Experts has spill kits for every eventuality.  Call today at 800-936-2311 to have one of our experts help you select the right one for your needs.

Photo Credit: Eli Duke

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