Steps to Contain Spills in the Workplace
If there is an incident of hazardous agent spill in the workplace, it can be a scary scenario for everyone in the vicinity. The reaction of most people in the event of a spill is to try to do something to prevent it from spreading. This should not be done by ordinary workers. 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 are workers who are daily exposed to hazardous agents, and these workers should be given spill containment trainings to let the workers know the proper procedures in containing spills.
Of course, the best way to do it is to have the right equipment for this problem. Spill pallets and spill containment berms should be available as a primary safeguard against spills. The best weapon for such hazards is proper management of production and storage areas where spills are most likely to take place. Transportation corridors should also have proper management and maintenance. 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.
External tanks can leak if they are overfilled or when they are deteriorated . If dikes are formed around the tanks, it can help solve the problem. 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. Depending on the volume of the tank, the method is mandated by law and recommended by OSHA.
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.
Diatomaceous earth is also highly recommended by the OSHA to control spills. This is a chalk-like substance that you can spread to stop potential hazardous liquids. This method is known to be effective. Using diatomaceous earth can be a competent option for contain a spill.
By using pressurized applicators, chemicals can be sprayed to the spill. The spill spreading process can be stopped by the sprayed chemicals. Fumes can be reduced by this chemical as well as it can solidify the hazardous substance in question. When reacting with the chemical spray the spills harden and they also change their chemical composition so as to change its combustibility. A hardened chemical spill can easily be disposed of and after that there will be no more fear of danger when the spill is removed. To produce quick barriers, fast-acting agent can be used so that the edge of the spill can be changed to swiftly lose its fluidity.