Selecting a Spill Kit – Things to Consider
Deciding on the right spill kit to tackle spills on a war footing is not that difficult, provided, you are clear about what you are looking for in the product. The chosen spill kit must be able to address spills in a quick and effective manner, minimize idle-time, damage to property and environment as well as ensure the safety of people at the incident site. With a multitude of highly effective spill kits available in the markets, you will have to be sure about your requirements to pick the one that best fits the need.
Spill Kits true to their names are designed to clean up spills commonly encountered during processing, manufacturing, storing or transporting goods, especially in fluid form. It is therefore important to consider the following factors when selecting a spill kit.
Type and nature of the liquids being handled
We are aware that there are several types of liquids, some of them harmless, others corrosive, inflammable and even toxic. Their densities too are bound to vary. The absorbents in the Spill kit must be able to soak up the liquid completely without allowing it to spread, drain off or seep into the underlying surface. Absorbents are usually available in the form of powders, mats, pillows, booms or pads to address different spills. It is therefore important to use a Spill Kit with absorbents most suited to clean the liquids handled at your facility.
Quantity /Volume of the worst spill
Spill Kits are not designed to soak up large spills. They are typically used to mop up the site after the bulk of liquid is either drained off or vacuumed using suitable equipment. It is therefore necessary to assess the volume of liquid likely to be involved in the worst spill, approximately ascertain how much of it will be recovered or drained and how much of it will need to be cleaned up using spill kits. Choose the right kit that scales up to meet the worst case scenario.
Site of the Spill
The area and accessibility of the likely spill site(s) will determine the need for number of stationary or portable spill kits that you may require. From wheelie bins to carry bags and casters to stationary storage cabinets, Spill kits are available in several formats to suit diverse requirements. You could opt to set up fixed spill kits at specific areas that are prone to spills, or settle for a portable kit that can be moved to the problem area to tackle the incident. Addressing spills in cramped spaces such as cabin of a truck or crane is very much possible using carry bag kits.
While there are Universal spill kits that can address all types of spills, it is advisable to choose one that meets specific needs for best results. Remember to use Oil Kits to soak up an oil spill on water or a Chemical Kit when you are not sure about the nature of the liquid. Universal kits are more useful for water-based liquids and oils.