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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. People, in reaction to the spill, tend to want to try to do something to contain the spill. 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. Training workers who are daily exposed to hazardous agent on the proper procedures to contain spills so that the next time a spill happens, they will be prepared to do the right thing.

This problem is better solved with the right equipment that can contain chemical spills. It is best to use spill pallets and spill containment berms to help initially contain the spill. 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. One great idea is finding a way to channel the spill to a place away from heating elements and circuits to keep them away, and all workers needs to do is to simply evacuate the area.

Chemicals stored in external storage tanks can leak when it is overfilled or deteriorated. The solution for this problem is diking. To prevent the distribution of the spilled or leaked liquids, the dikes have to surround the tanks to collect the spills. This method is recommended by the OSHA or occupational safety and health administration and in some conditions mandated by law depending on the volume of tank being used.

These dikes and barriers are very useful but consideration should also be made for vehicular traffic in the storage space itself. You have to be sure also that the OSHA does not prohibit the installation of dikes near the container, like they do for certain chemicals such as liquefied petroleum gas.

Aside from dikes and barriers, OSHA also recommends the use of diatomaceous earth to control spills. You can spread this chalk-like substance to stop potential hazards. This method is known to be effective. Using diatomaceous earth can be a competent option for contain a spill.

There are also chemicals that can be sprayed to the spill through pressurized applicators. The spreading substance can be stopped by these chemicals. It also reduces the effects of any fumes or it can also solidify the hazardous substance in question. These chemicals can harden the substance, or change them chemically to change its combustibility. It is easier to dispose of the spill if it hardens and once disposed of then the danger is over. 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.