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Spillage Prevention: Keeping the Workplace Safe

Chemical bottles on wet benchIf your business uses harmful solvents, such as oil and acid, then you will need to increase safety in the workplace. You have to put the right precautions in place to prevent health problems and accidents, such as oil spills.

Here are some tips that should help:

Have Spill Kits On hand

The good news is that there are several types of oil spill kits on the market today, with each one more extensive than the others. Buy a spill kit that meets your needs by figuring out what kind of solvents you handle in the workplace. Basic oil often requires simple kits but if the solvent is hazardous – like acid – you might need a kit that’s more sophisticated.

Teach All Workers How to Use the Kit

Whilst prevention is better when it comes to oil spillage, having your employees trained for clean-up is a sound backup plan. Of course, there are instances when the clean-up is best handled by a professional. But still, your employees must know how to deal with and contain the problem.

Comply with the Law

In many places, an oil spill should be immediately reported to the authorities – especially if it is on a large scale. Inform your employees about the necessary protocol in these cases, so they will know how to act.

Emergency Shutdown

Once a spill occurs, the first thing that should be done is to stop it. You should have a plan B that lets you prevent further leak or accumulation of the oil.

Keep Away from Sparks

Some oils can easily cause a fire so be careful with those. Make sure there is no friction that could light up the whole place. Note, though, that sparks are not the only danger. Find out what ingredients react badly to the solvents or chemicals you are handling, so you will know what to keep away.

Want to make your workplace safer for everyone? Follow the above guidelines to get started.