What does SPCC stand for?

SPCC stands for spill prevention, control, and countermeasure. It is a system designed to provide instructions to companies that work with large amounts of oil. One gallon of oil spilled into water can contaminate up to one million gallons of water, which is why it is so important to have the right processes in place. … Read more

What are the benefits of having spill kits?

Probably the most beneficial component of a spill kit is that they are pre-packaged with all the materials that will be needed in the spill clean-up procedure. Once a spill occurs time is of the essence and being able to quickly grab the kit will ensure the spill is addressed immediately and effectively. Workers should … Read more

What are the specific steps to containing a spill?

When it comes to cleaning up chemical spills, we’ve outlined handling the spill in nine simple steps, as follows: Evaluate the risk: Immediately after a spill occur you will want to ask yourself a few questions that will determine your actions in the next steps. First, identify the liquid. Is it dangerous to breathe? Is … Read more

What are types of spills that have specific clean-up procedures?

Usually, a universal spill kit, a biohazard spill kit, or an oil spill kit, will get the job done of absorbing and cleaning up a spill. The following six substances however require specific tools or procedures to be used in the clean-up process. (Remember to refer to Safety Data Sheet’s and OSHA’s guidelines to these … Read more

What are different absorbents used for spill clean-up?

Sorbents, also referred to as absorbents, are specifically formulated for the spill they are intended to clean the spill. Absorbents are any materials that have the ability to quickly soak up a type of liquid. The following are four different categories of sorbents that can often be found in a spill kit. Mats, pads, and … Read more

What PPE is included in spill kits?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial component in any spill kit whether it is a universal kit or a biohazard kit. The following are examples of PPE (from Creative Safety Supply’s Spill Kit User Guide) that can be found in a variety of kits and should be considered during the purchasing process. Eye and … Read more

What should I include in spill kit training?

Like any other safety or hazardous material program in place, an employer or safety manager will need to have a training program specifically focused on spill kits and spill response operations. These trainings will need to be documented and thorough as those who understand procedures are less likely to panic in an emergency. The training … Read more

How do I choose the right spill kit for my facility?

The first step in choosing an appropriate spill kit that suits the needs of the workplace is to take an in-depth assessment of the facility. In this step it will be determined the kind(s) of spill kits that are needed, the size(s) they should be, and how many will be necessary. The following are steps … Read more

What is in a biohazard spill kit?

Biological hazards present a unique set of risks because they pose a threat to the health of a living organism, most often humans. Because there is a risk of potentially infectious materials (including but not limited to blood, body tissues, organs, and other bodily fluids), it is important to plan and be prepared for a … Read more

Does OSHA have spill kit requirements?

Although OSHA recognizes that hazardous site clean-up plans and procedures will be specific to the workplace, OSHA has published the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) that applies largely to operations regarding hazardous substances. These standards include a written and implemented safety and health program comprised of the following, as from the HAZWOPER … Read more