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  • 1.   Spill Absorbents - FAQs and Management for HSE Professionals A collation of articles written by Robert McLaren from Internet Collated by Project Sales CorpStockist for the most complete range of spill control products in India 
  • 2.  Oil Only Absorbents and Spill Kits - your first line of defence againsteveryday spillsAny liquid spill in your facility or surrounding area has the potential to spread very quickly unless it is properlydealt with using the correct spill equipment. If you are working with oils on a daily basis there is the addedpotential for environmental damage if any spills occur, especially if they happen on nearby waters. It is critical toact fast and respond in the correct way when an oil spill happens on land or water to prevent slip and fallaccidents and costly fines from environmental damage. The first step towards being prepared for oil spills ishaving oil absorbents readily available in or around your facility to contain and clean up oil spills. Find out moreabout these types of absorbents and spill kits and how they can be the most effective line of defence against oilspills below:What do oil-only absorbents absorb?As the name suggests oil-only absorbents absorb and retain oils and oil-based liquids without absorbing a drop ofwater, making them ideal for cleaning up oil spills on water or in outdoor storage areas where wet weatherconditions are unavoidable. Water repellent properties of oil-only absorbents maximise efficiency when you onlyneed to absorb oil.Different types of oil-only absorbentsEffective containment and clean-up of oil spills on land and water can be achieved by using different types of oilabsorbents such as absorbent mats, socks, booms and pillows. Oil-only socks and booms are flexible andmouldable enough to contain oil spills before they have the chance to spread and also absorb the oil. Multiplesocks and booms can be overlapped or linked together to surround larger oil spills on land or water. Other oilabsorbents like mats and pillows should be used in conjunction with absorbent socks for complete containmentand absorption of the oil spill. All types of oil-only absorbents float on water, even when fully saturated, to make iteasier for you retrieve them and identify when absorbents have reached their full capacity.Oil-only spill kits - a complete solutionIf you require a combination of different types of absorbents for potential oil spills then an oil-only spill kit providesan effective solution. Oil Spill kits contain everything you need to contain and absorb oil spills on both land andwater, including socks, pillows and mats as well as accessories to help with safe disposal. The quantity ofabsorbents inside your oil spill kit will differ depending on the size of kit you choose which should be determinedbased on your worst case scenario spill. You could choose a large spill kit to deal with the entire spill that is likelyto happen or you could combine multiple smaller ones to absorb the same amount whilst gaining the flexibilityand mobility you can get from choosing smaller kits.Colour coding of oil-only absorbents & spill kitsAs oil absorbents and spill kits can be your first line of defence against oil spills it is important that they are easilyidentifiable so that spill responders can gain fast, easy access and act quickly to contain and clean up any oilspills. Some companies colour code their absorbents depending on the liquids that they absorb to make thispossible. The most common colour of oil absorbents is white which alerts workers, makes absorbed oil easier tosee and allows you to determine when the absorbent is completely saturated and needs changed out. Somecompanies provide alternative colours for some of their oil- only absorbents, such as brown absorbent mats anddark coloured booms which blend in with surroundings to make them less noticeable and help to hide theabsorbed oil. Oil-only spill kits typically contain white absorbents and are colour coded green by the label on theircontainer so that they are easily identifiable and improper use is prevented. 
  • 3.  Smart Methods For Oil Spill CleanupOil spills can cause harm to the environment, resulting in costly fines, and create dangerous slip and fall hazardsin your facility. It is therefore important that you have the right spill equipment to control and clean up dangerousoil spills and that you use them in the proper way to get the most out of them, doing this will ensure that you areprepared for any oil spills that may occur in your facility and will help to protect both your workers and theenvironment.Choosing the right productsBeing prepared and employing smart clean up methods for oil spills begins with having the right spill equipmentfor your facility such as absorbents, spill kits and spill barriers.There are many different types of absorbents which soak up many different types of liquids. If you are workingwith oil you should choose oil-only absorbents which will absorb and retain oils or oil-based liquids withoutabsorbing a drop of water. Some oil only absorbents contain as well as absorb oil spills which is an important firststep to take when responding to oil spills so that they dont have the chance to spread and cause a threat to theenvironment and employee safety. Absorbent socks and booms prove effective at doing this as they are flexibleand mouldable to almost any surface and can be used on both land and water to surround oil spills. Otherproducts for simply containing oil spills include non-absorbent spill dikes and barriers which form tight sealsto surfaces and help to prevent oil spills from spreading. Containing spills using these products will ensure thatthe area to clean up is much smaller and the oil spill will be easier to manage.After containing oil spills the next step is clean up. Oil-only spill kits provide a complete solution for containingand cleaning up dangerous oil spills as they contain oil-only absorbent socks, pillows and mats as well asaccessories to help you dispose of used absorbents safely. Once an oil spill has been controlled, oil-only mats,typically available in light, medium and heavy weight versions, and pillows should be used in conjunction withabsorbent socks, booms or spill barriers to completely and clean up the spill.Smart ways to use oil spill productsOnce you have chosen the right products it is important that you use them correctly and to their full potential.There are a number of smart ways and situations in which to do this:You should always make sure all absorbents have direct contact with the surface and the oil by clearing all looseabsorbents and debris from the surface surrounding the spillDifferent weights of absorbent mats such as light, medium and heavy weight should be used in different spillsituations. Use light weight mats when you have a thin spill over a large surface area, medium weight for generaleveryday oil spills and heavy weight when you have large spills that need cleaned up quickly.Absorbent pillows should be used in situations where the oil spill is deeper and you need to absorb a lot more oil.Use absorbent socks for absorbing leaks in difficult places such as machines bases, ledges and along drip pansas well as containing and absorbing liquid spills on floors. If you are using multiple absorbent socks and booms tosurround oil spills on floors or water, the smart way is to overlap them when placing them end-to-end to ensureliquid doesnt pass through.Non absorbent barriers and dikes should be used when you are looking for a durable spill containment productand if you want to recover the oil that has spilled rather than absorb it.Place oil-only spill kits in every spill prone area in your facility so that absorbents are close to hand and fasteffective response can be achieved. 
  • 4.  Employing these smart clean-up methods and choosing the rightproducts will ensure that you can deal with dangerous oil spills in thebest possible way.If oil is one of the main liquids you work with in your facility it is important to be prepared to deal with spills whenthey occur. If oil spillages get the chance to spread they have the potential to cause damage to the environmentand stock, as well as create a slip and fall hazard for employees. We all need to work together to protect ournatural resources and protect them against tragedies like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The best defence againstdangerous oil leaks is too have the appropriate spill equipment available to contain and clean up them up, an oilresponse kit provides a complete solution for this. Oil-only spill kits absorb oils and oil-based liquids but not waterand include oil-only absorbent mats, socks and pillows as well as accessories to help you dispose of usedabsorbents safely. The following tips will help you select the best oil spillage response kit for your facility.Determine the maximum amount of oil that is likely to spillOil spills kits are available in a variety of different sizes ranging from as little as 7 litres to 476 litres to deal withdifferent volumes of spill.Selecting the right size of kit should be determined based on your worst case scenario spill. One large kit couldbe chosen to deal with the entire spill that may happen or multiple smaller ones could be combined to absorb thesame amount. Choosing multiple smaller kits allows you to gain flexibility and mobility as they are easier totransport to a spill, whilst choosing one large kit means all your absorbents will be in the one place if the worsthappens.Identify the best container for your facilityDifferent sizes of kit come in different containers, all of which suit different facilities. The best way to choose theright kit is to choose a container that works in your facility. Things to consider when choosing a container includethe physical limitations of your staff and the ground they must cover to get to an oil spill in your facility. Oil spillkits available range from small grab bags which are easy to just pick up and go to a spill, wall mountable spill kitswhich allow you to create a spill kit station, to large portable kits in carts or wheelie bin containers. It is goodpractice to have an oil spill kit in every spill prone area in your facility, however this may not always be necessaryas you could choose to have one or two kits dotted around which can be easily transported to a spill area instead. 
  • 5.  5 Useful Money Saving Tips For Buying Absorbent MatsTodays tough economic climate is forcing most people to budget more effectively. However, selecting anabsorbent mat strictly on a low price doesnt necessarily translate into cost savings. The smarter choice is quality,durable mats, saving you time, effort, and money in the long run.Choosing a high-quality Absorbent Mat designed specifically to meet your needs is the quality solution thatprovides value. The 5 tips below show how choosing quality over low price absorbents can help save you money.1. Quality is the Best Value, Durability is KeyChoosing a quality Absorbent Mat will ensure durability, thus better value for money. Quality mats wont rip, tearor fray even when saturated and will be durable enough to handle workplace, vehicle and pedestrian trafficwithout falling apart. Strong, durable mats lasts longer, so you use fewer mats and spend less time and moneyreplacing them. That means that workers can focus on their primary day-to-day responsibilities.2. Retention is just as Important as AbsorbencySelecting a highly mat is one thing but high retention is also important in determining how much mat you use andmoney you save. Mats with better liquid distribution and retention wont leave behind liquids or fibre residue soslippery spills disappear fast making cleanup easier. High retention and absorbency means less mat will be used,saving you money on usage and disposal cost and less time will be spent on changing out mats.3. Hide the leaks & spills for Longer Mat LifeSome customers toss their absorbents before they are used to full capacity. The colour of the mats can help tomake sure they are fully saturated before they are thrown away. Dark coloured mats such as grey or brown hidespills for a cleaner appearance so the mats stay on the job and look cleaner longer. This means less mat will beused and more money will be saved by your organisation. One way to make sure that your company isntthrowing mats out too soon is to"Rummage in your Rubbish." Look in your bin to make sure absorbents are being used to maximum absorbency.4. Use Only What You NeedAbsorbent Mat Pads and Rolls come in various sizes and some come with easy-tear perforations, so you useonly what you need. And, by using less mat you save more money. They also come in various weights, so if aheavy-weight mat is not needed, go for a lighter weight option. Choosing the correct mat for yourapplication will ensure you that the mat is used to its full potential.5. Safety First: Prevent Slips, Trips, and FallsIn the UK slips and trips are responsible for 50% of all reported accidents that happen in the workplace,according to the Health and Safety Executive. This results in high medical bills and lost productivity which costsemployers £512 million per year.Providing the correct safety equipment and regular health and safety checks will help to reduce slip-and-fallinjuries and save your company money by reducing workers compensation costs and keeping workers healthyand on the job. Bundles of rags and tattered cardboard present dangerous slip and trip hazards because they donot lie flat on the floor and are ineffective at soaking up liquids. Absorbent Mats lie flat so workers wont trip andcompletely absorb liquid.For a complete range of spill absorbents in India, contact Project Sales Corp, 28Founta Plaza, Suryabagh, Visakhapatnam 530020. Call +91-891-2564393; Fax +91-891-2590482 mailto sales@projectsalescorp.com www.projectsalescorp.comTechnical Queries Contact Satish Agrawal +91-98851-49412 
  • 6.  Whats The Best Absorbent Pad Or Pillow For Your Application? 1. Review your primary needFine fibre construction allows absorbent mat pads to trap and retain liquid making them very efficient for quicklysoaking up leaks and spills in your facility from spills or general maintenance. As a result, less mess is createdwhen cleaning up an unwanted oil spill or leaked machinery fluid when you use absorbent pads. If you arelooking to cover a large surface area, mat pads are a cost effective way to catch and contain overspray.Absorbent pillows are great for large spills, repair jobs and leaving under a machine to catch oil leaks or hydraulicleaks for an extended time. 2. Consider additional versatilityIf you are looking for a versatile product, absorbent pads can help you in various situations. Absorbent mat padsare typically used in and around the facility as bench liners to place tools; as a cloth to wipe oil from machinery;as added protection on walls to prevent against overspray and splashes; in loading bays during we weather andcan be wrapped around leaky pipes and gearboxes to minimise drips. Absorbent pads are also in spill kits as theperfect spill containment product. Absorbent pillows prove popular in large spill clean up and under machines tosoak up unwanted oil leaks and spills. 3. Hide the leaks & spills for Longer Mat LifeWhile absorbent pillows are ideal for deep spillages where maximum absorbency is needed; or for concentrateddrips and leaks at a particular point, they are often dispensed after one application. Agreeably, some customersalso throw out their absorbent pads before they are used to full capacity; however these customers areunderestimating the life expectancy of their pads. Its smart and economical to look at the colour of the pads tomake sure they are fully saturated before they are thrown away. Dark coloured absorbent pads, such as grey orbrown, hide dirt and grime for a cleaner appearance, so the pads can stay on the job longer. Another way tomake sure that your company isnt dispensing of absorbent pads too soon is to "Rummage in your Rubbish!"Look in your facilities bins to monitor if absorbents are being used to maximum absorbency.Spill containment will be more efficient and you will save time and money on spill clean up in your facility whenyou select the right product for your application. 
  • 7.  Do You Know How to Effectively Deal With an Oil Spill in Your Facility?Preventing costly accidents & environmental damage with the right spill equipmentIf you work with oils or chemicals on a daily basis, it is inevitable that spills will happen. It is important to act fastto stop oil or chemical spillages from spreading before it has the potential to reach drains or bodies of water andcause environmental damage. If left unattended chemical leaks could also damage stock and pose a potentialslip and fall hazard to employees. Creating a physical barrier around spilled liquid helps limit the overall affectedarea and reduces the amount of time spent on spill cleanup and restoration, restocking and worker injuries.There are many products on the market that are designed to facilitate quick and effective confinement of oil andchemical spillages. Absorbent socks and booms are ideal for surrounding dangerous oil and chemical leaks whileabsorbing the liquid at the same time. Socks and booms are included in oil spill kits and chemical leak kits whichalso contain everything else you need to confine, absorb and clean up oil and chemical spillages in your facility.Non-absorbent products such as non-absorbent dikes and barriers are also available on the market and are idealfor confining potentially dangerous oil and chemical spills. These used in conjunction with oil and chemicalabsorbents provide a great solution for effective oil and chemical confinement and spill clean up. Heres howthese products can help you confine oil and chemical spills to prevent costly accidents and environmentaldamage:Chemical and Oil Absorbent Socks & BoomsOil and chemical absorbent socks and booms are designed to surround and confine oil and chemical spills beforethey have the chance to spread and cause irreversible damage. You may need to use more than one chemical oroil absorbent sock or boom to create an effective barrier and minimise the spill area.Always overlap socks by several inches to create a stronger barrier effect. On water, oil absorbent socks andbooms should be placed in the water so that they make contact with the spilled liquid and should be linked withropes and/or clips which are usually attached to reach across spill areas or surround a large spill. Thesetechniques will make sure that no liquid escapes and damage to stock or the environment will be avoided. Youcan then use oil absorbent mats & pillows to clean up the remainder spill once it has been contained.Oil and Chemical Spill KitsOil and chemical kits offer a complete solution to oil and chemical spillage containment and clean up as theycontain absorbent socks, pads and pillows as well as spill response equipment and other supplies. Oilabsorbents contained in oil spill kits will absorb and retain oils and oil-based liquids without absorbing any water.Chemical spill kits contain chemical absorbents that will contain and absorb spills of acids or caustics andunknown liquids. Absorbent socks can be used to confine the spill and absorb the liquid whilst absorbent matsand pillows can be used to clean up any remaining liquid. Your oil or chemical spillage kit should have enoughabsorbent socks, mats and pillows to confine and clean up any size of oil or chemical spill provided you havechosen your oil or chemical spill kit based on your worst case spill scenario. 
  • 8.  Tips To Help You Select The Right Absorbent Sock For Your WorkplaceLeaks And SpillsAbsorbent socks present a different way to help you effectively clean up leaks and spills and keep yourworkplace clean and safe. Absorbent socks contain spills as well as absorbing them so that spills are preventedfrom spreading and dont cause damage to inventory, employees and the environment.In order for an absorbent sock to effectively absorb and contain spills it is important to choose the right type ofsock. With such a broad range of absorbent socks on the market it can sometimes be difficult to choose the bestone for your application. The helpful tips below can help you make sure you select the right one.1. Identify all of the liquids used in your facility.The first step towards choosing the right absorbent sock is determining all the different liquids that you areworking with in your facility. The most common types of absorbent socks available on the market are universal,haz-mat and oil-only, all of which absorb & contain different types of liquids.Universal absorbent socks should be chosen if you are working with oils, coolants, solvents or water, these canbe easily identified as they are typically coloured blue and grey. Haz-mat absorbent socks absorb most acids andcaustics and are ideal in situations where the liquid is unknown, these are usually pink in colour so that they areeasy to distinguish and improper use is prevented. Oil-only absorbent socks absorb oil-based liquids only,making them ideal to soak up oil spills on water or land during rainfall, and are typically coloured white to makeabsorbed oil easier to see. By knowing all the liquids used in your facility you can choose the right type ofabsorbent sock for each potential spill area in your facility.2. Determine the volumes of liquids you are working withAfter you identify the different liquids in your facility the next step is determining how much liquid the sock willneed to absorb in a spill area. You should determine the volume of all containers and choose your absorbentsocks based on the highest volume that is likely to spill. Absorbent socks are usually available in boxes ofdifferent quantities, as it is likely that you will need to use more than one absorbent sock to effectively contain andabsorb a spill depending on the size of spill. The volume of liquid that you are working with in a spill area willdetermine how many absorbent socks you will need so you should you choose based on this. However, althoughabsorbent socks can absorb spills it is important to note that they can be used in conjunction with absorbent matsand pillows as the spill may be too large for absorbent socks to absorb the entire spill3. Determine where you will be using the sock and the mouldability neededOnce you have selected the right sock based on the liquids you are working with and the volume of spill that islikely to occur in a spill area the next step is determining where the sock will be used. This will help you identifyhow mouldable the sock needs to be. If you are going to use your absorbent sock around machines to captureleaks it will have to be able to mould securely round the base and be flexible enough to fit around differentshapes of machine bases. If you are using your absorbent sock to contain a spill on the floor it needs to be ableto mould to your floor surface so the leaks dont get through and needs to be flexible enough to completelysurround the spill. However, in this situation you may need to use more that one sock so flexibility may not beas important. Some socks are more absorbent, flexible and mouldable than others so it is important to determinewhere the sock will be used and how important each feature is before your choice is made. 
  • 9.  Oil Absorbent Booms and How to Deploy ThemThings to consider when deploying your oil booms Firstly, it is important that you have enough booms to deal withthe size of the oil spill so you can completely confine and absorb the spill. Once you have the right quantity foryour worse case scenario spillage you should consider the following when deploying them:Attach booms with clips and connecting ringsIf you have to use multiple oil booms you should make sure that they are properly attached to each other beforeyou deploy them. Some absorbent booms on the market have sturdy, easy-to-use clips and connecting ringswhich allow them to be overlapped and easily attached together to ensure effective containment and clean up.Overlapping is important to ensure liquid does not pass through the connection. Once they have been attachedthe oil-only booms simply just need to be deployed into the water or onto the ground making sure that the spill iscompletely surrounded.Ensure booms are easy to retrieveWhen deploying your oil booms in water it is important to place them near to the waters edge so that they areeasy to retrieve. Ensure that you have heavy mechanical equipment in place or enough man power to retrievefully saturated booms as they can be extremely heavy. Some booms on the market have high visibility ropesrunning through the length of them which makes retrieval easier and adds strength when deploying. Good qualityones will float on water even when fully saturated so that you can see when they have reached their capacity andcan retrieve them easily. The bright white colour of oil booms also enables you to do this as they are easier tosee in an outdoor environment.Choose booms that are UV resistantWhen deploying your oil-only booms it is important to consider how long they are likely to be left down for. If it islikely to be for a long period of time then you should make sure they are UV resistant. If they are not treated to beable to withstand long UV exposure the quality of the material may deteriorate and effective containment andclean up may not be achieved. The spill will have the chance to spread and cause further damage to theenvironment resulting in costly fines and a damaged reputation for your company. You only need to look at thedamage that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has caused to realise the importance of being prepared with goodquality spill supplies.By employing the techniques above and considering how your booms will be used when deploying them you canensure that any oil spills you have will be effectively contained and cleaned up. 
  • 10.  Employing Smart Oil Clean Up MethodsOil spills can cause harm to the environment, resulting in costly fines, and create dangerous slip and fall hazardsin your facility. It is therefore important that you have the right spill equipment to control and clean up dangerousoil spills and that you use them in the proper way to get the most out of them, doing this will ensure that you areprepared for any oil spills that may occur in your facility and will help to protect both your workers and theenvironment.Choosing the right productsBeing prepared and employing smart clean up methods for oil spills begins with having the right spill equipmentfor your facility such as absorbents, spill kits and spill barriers.There are many different types of absorbents which soak up many different types of liquids. If you are workingwith oil you should choose oil-only absorbents which will absorb and retain oils or oil-based liquids withoutabsorbing a drop of water. Some oil only absorbents contain as well as absorb oil spillages which is an importantfirst step to take when responding to oil leaks so that they dont have the chance to spread and cause a threat tothe environment and employee safety. Absorbent socks and booms prove effective at doing this as they areflexible and mouldable to almost any surface and can be used on both land and water to surround oil leaks. Otherproducts for simply containing oil spills include non-absorbent spill dikes and barriers which form tight seals tosurfaces and help to prevent oil spills from spreading. Containing spills using these products will ensure that thearea to clean up is much smaller and the oil spill will be easier to manage.After containing oil leaks the next step is clean up. Oil-only spill kits provide a complete solution for containingand cleaning up dangerous oil spills as they contain oil-only absorbent socks, pillows and mats as well asaccessories to help you dispose of used absorbents safely. Once a spill has been controlled, oil-only mats,typically available in light, medium and heavy weight versions, and pillows should be used in conjunction withabsorbent socks, booms or spill barriers to completely and clean up the spill.Smart ways to use oil spill productsOnce you have chosen the right products it is important that you use them correctly and to their full potential.There are a number of smart ways and situations in which to do this:You should always make sure all absorbents have direct contact with the surface and the oil by clearing all looseabsorbents and debris from the surface surrounding the spillDifferent weights of absorbent mats such as light, medium and heavy weight should be used in different spillsituations. Use light weight mats when you have a thin spill over a large surface area, medium weight for generaleveryday oil spills and heavy weight when you have large spills that need cleaned up quickly.Absorbent pillows should be used in situations where the oil spill is deeper and you need to absorb a lot more oil.Use absorbent socks for absorbing leaks in difficult places such as machines bases, ledges and along drip pansas well as containing and absorbing liquid spills on floors. If you are using multiple absorbent socks and booms tosurround oil spills on floors or water, the smart way is to overlap them when placing them end-to-end to ensureliquid doesnt pass through. Non absorbent barriers and dikes should be used when you are looking for a durablespill containment product and if you want to recover the oil that has spilled rather than absorb it.Place oil-only spill kits in every spill prone area in your facility so that absorbents are close to hand and fasteffective response can be achieved. 
  • 11.  When Oil and Water Dont Mix - Why Oil Absorbents Should Be Part ofYour Spill Response PlanOil spills can be very dangerous, especially if they happen on water where they have the potential to spread morequickly and cause irreversible damage to the environment. If you are working with oils on a daily basis it isimportant to have the correct spill kits and absorbents to be able to deal with any potential spillages. Your spillresponse plan should incorporate different types of oil absorbents to contain and absorb dangerous oils spillswhether on land or water.Oil Spills on land & water.Oil spillage kits and absorbents soak up and retain oils and oil-based liquids without absorbing a drop of water. Ifyou have a spill on water, the oil will not mix with the water, it will simply float on the surface. Whilst damage tothe environment is unavoidable, using oil only absorbents on the water surface means that the oil spill can becontained and removed much quicker and easier to minimise the overall environmental impact. The spill can beeffectively contained and removed with oil-only absorbents such as socks, booms, mats and pillows which willabsorb the oil but not any water and prevent the spill from becoming a disaster.If you are working with oils in an outdoor oil storage area, you should also use oil-only absorbents if any spillsoccur due to the potential for wet and rainy weather conditions whilst working outdoors.Containing spills that come from oilTo prevent an oil spill from causing damage to the environment and becoming a slip and fall hazard to employeesthe first step is containment. Socks and Booms that only absorb oil can be used to do this effectively as they areflexible and mouldable enough to surround any type of spill and absorb as well as contain oil spills. Multiple socksand booms can be overlapped or linked together to encircle larger oil spills using sturdy clips and connectingrings which feature on some socks and booms on the market. Oil-only socks and booms are easily identifiable ina spill response situation as they are typically white in colour to make absorbed oil easier to see, although somebooms are also available in dark grey to hide the absorbed oil and blend in with the surroundings.Containing and absorbing oil spills becomes quick and easy when absorbent socks and booms are part of yourspill response plan.Cleaning upOnce an oil spill has been contained it then needs to be cleaned up. This stage in your spill response plan shouldalso include oil-only absorbents because although absorbent socks and booms absorb as well as contain otherabsorbents may be needed to clean up any excess oil. Absorbent mats and pillows that are water repellent aredesigned for this type of outdoor spill application. Both mats and pillows float on water so they are easy toretrieve when the oil has been completely absorbed and are white in colour which makes it easier for you tomonitor saturation. Mats and pillows that repel water should be used in conjunction with each other to achievecomplete clean up of oil spills so that damage to the environment, stock and employees is prevented. 
  • 12.  How Can Oil Containment Booms Reduce Environmental Impact Afteran Oil Spill?When oil spills happen it is important to act fast to contain them so that they dont have the chance to spread anddamage the environment further, especially when they happen on water. Being prepared with the correct oil spillcontainment equipment will help you save money on clean up costs and possible fines for environmentaldamage.Oil-only absorbent booms are ideal for creating a physical barrier around oil spills and help limit the overallaffected area, reduce the environmental impact and the amount of time spent on spill cleanup and restoration.Oil-only absorbent booms absorb oil based liquids only which makes them ideal for quick and effectiveconfinement of oil spills on land, even in the rain, or on water. They help to surround dangerous oil spills whileabsorbing the liquid at the same time. Find out more about oil-only absorbent booms and how they can help youlimit environmental impact below:How oil-only Containment Booms workOil-only containment booms have a polypropylene filler that is chemical resistant and hydrophobic for absorbinggallons of low viscosity oil or fuel but not water. Oil spills can be effectively surrounded so that they dont spreadand cause further damage. Oil-only absorbent booms act fast and absorb oil as soon as they are put in place. Asoil is absorbed the boom lowers into the water so that the remaining oil is exposed to fresh absorbent. Whenbooms are completely saturated they will float just below the waters surface making retrieval easier.Features of oil-only absorbent boomsThere are many features which make absorbent booms ideal for containing and absorbing oil spills. Some boomson the market have strong, high visibility ropes throughout the length of the mesh skin which makes them easierto deploy and retrieve. The outer skin of oil-only absorbent booms is made of tough mesh which makes themmore durable as they resist snags and debris while remaining pliable.For larger oil spills it is likely that multiple booms will need to be used to contain and absorb all of the oil. Boomscan easily be attached together using sturdy clips and connecting rings which feature on some booms on themarket. Both the clips and ropes work together to withstand heavy loads.The types of oil-only Containment Booms availableOil only containment booms are usually available in white and dark grey colours. White coloured booms are morevisible and make absorbed oil easier to see, allowing you to determine when your boom is fully saturated. Somewhite booms on the market have a UV-treated spunbond skin that increases UV exposure up to 12 months sothey can be used outside for long periods of time. Dark grey booms hide the absorbed oil and blend in with thesurroundings so they are much less visible while they are on the job. Some dark booms on the market are UVresistant up to 4 months. 
  • 13.  Absorbents - Choosing For A Chemical Response PlanIn order to develop an effective spill response plan it is important to firstly determine the types of liquids you areworking with in your facility. This will in turn help you to choose the right spill equipment to contain and clean upany spills that may happen. Haz-mat absorbents should be part of your spill response plan if you are working withchemicals on a daily basis or if you are unable to identify the spilled liquid. These types of absorbents areavailable in many different configurations, all of which prove to be effective at containing and cleaning upchemical spills in different ways. Find out more about haz-mat absorbents and how they can help you achieveeffective chemical spill response in your facility below:Haz-mat absorbents explainedLiquids AbsorbedHaz-mat absorbents are specially treated to quickly absorb most acids, caustics and other oil and water-basedliquids, even those with high concentrations like 98% sulfuric acid and 30% sodium hydroxide. As well as thesetypes of liquids haz-mat absorbents also prove effective at absorbing unknown chemicals whether they arehazardous chemicals or not. It is always best to assume the worst and use haz-mat absorbents when you do notknow the nature of the spilled liquid.Colour CodingHaving spill supplies that are easy to identify in an emergency situation will make sure your spill response planworks effectively. Haz-mat absorbents are colour coded pink which makes them easy to distinguish, enabling fastspill response and preventing improper use. When they are being used the bright pink colour ensures thatworkers are alerted to a hazardous spill and indicates that appropriate protection will need to be used to clean itup so that spill response can be carried out safely.Haz-mat absorbents availableHaz-mat absorbents are available in many different configurations, all of which should be part of your chemicalspill response plan for your facility. They are available in:Absorbent Pads & Rolls - Haz-mat pads prove effective at cleaning up a chemical spill once it has beencontained or under machines to catch small leaks and drips before they have the chance to hit the floor. Rollscover larger spill areas and have multiple perforations that let you create the shape or size of mat you need.Absorbent Socks - Socks have a small diameter and mould easily to surfaces to surround small chemical spillson floors or around machine bases to catch leaks and drips. They are flexible enough to contain small chemicalspills and stop them from spreading, although more than one sock may need to be used to completely surround aspill.Absorbent Dykes - Dykes are a larger version of socks with a bigger diameter. They are effective at containingand absorbing large spills on floors to prevent them from spreading further and causing damage.Absorbent Pillows - Pillows are effective at cleaning up large spills once they have been contained with absorbentsocks or dykes. They have a large surface area and the filler is fast-wicking to absorb large amounts of liquidfast.Pulp - Pulp is designed for small, isolated chemical spills when used on its own or for larger spills when used withsocks, dykes and pillows. It proves effective at absorbing chemical spills quickly during the first critical momentsof spill cleanup.Although all of these haz-mat absorbents work well independently they should all be used in conjunction witheach other to make sure that dangerous chemical spills or unknown liquid spills are completely contained andcleaned up. An effective spill response plan should include a combination of these different chemical absorbents. 
  • 14.  Do You Need a Chemical Spill Kit?One of the most important things to consider when choosing your spill kit is the types of liquids you are workingwith on a daily basis. There are various kits that absorb a variety of liquids, and the key to achieving safe,effective spill cleanup is making sure that you choose a kit that is compatible with the liquids in your facility.If you are involved in the manufacture, distribution, use and storage of chemicals it is likely that hazardous spillswill happen. The last thing you want to happen is an injury to an employee because they dont have the correcttype of kit to deal with a hazardous spill. Also given that all of us are trying to be responsible to the environment,a chemical spill will cause environmental damage and costly cleanup. Its best to have a chemical spillage kitavailable when responding to these types of spills to help prevent worker injuries and to minimise environmentaldamage. Find out more about these types of spill kits below and determine whether they are best option for yourfacility.Chemical Spill Kits ExplainedLiquids AbsorbedChemical spills kits contain absorbents that are specially treated to absorb acids, caustics and other oil- andwater-based liquids. However, they also prove effective in situations where the identity and nature of a spill isunknown. It is always best to assume the worst in these situations and use chemical spillage kits in case theliquid is in fact hazardous. So, if you are working with chemicals or unknown liquids on a daily basis these typesof spill kits would be your best option to keep your workers and the environment safe from any harm.ContentsInside most kits you will find a range of absorbents to contain and clean up hazardous spills. These kits typicallyinclude chemical socks to absorb and contain chemical spills and prevent them from spreading further. Mat padsand pillows can soak up contained spills. Its also important to ensure you have additional disposal bags and tiesto make sure the saturated absorbents are disposed of properly.Always ensure that you have PPE that correctly fits your spill responders. Protective suits should fit comfortablyand be compatible with the chemical being used. Gloves should be compatible with the chemical and fit properly.Make sure to fit PPE into your chemical spills kit so responders can effectively and quickly respond to a spill. Thecontents will differ depending on the size of the spill kit and you should choose the size based on the volume ofchemicals that are likely to spill in your facility. Refills are usually available for most types of chemical spills kitsso the contents can easily be replaced once they have been used.IdentificationChemical spillage kits are coloured coded differently from other types of kits. They are typically coloured codedwith a pink label on the outside of the container for easy identification. The absorbents inside these spill kits arealso coloured pink to prevent improper use and to alert spill responders that it is a hazardous spill and thatappropriate protection will need to be used to clean up it up. A chemical spills kit that is easy identifiable in anemergency situation is ideal when you are working with hazardous chemicals as well as other liquids so thataccidents can be avoided to prevent worker injury.If you are working with chemicals or unknown liquids frequently in your facility then a chemical spill kit is yourbest option for making sure your facility is prepared for spills and remains safe. You will need spill supplies thatare easily identifiable in an emergency situation and that contain and absorb hazardous spills quickly. The bestadvantage to being prepared for chemical or unknown spills with chemical spill kits is that environmental damagewill be prevented and your workplace and employees will be kept safe. 
  • 15.  Inspect and Check Your Hazmat Spill KitsDont let a chemical spill catch you off guard.Choosing the correct spill kit will help you achieve fast and effective spill cleanup and prevent costly damage tostock and the environment. Your choice of kit should be dependent on the liquids that are likely to be spilled atyour facility. If you are involved in the manufacture, distribution, use and storage of chemicals, a hazmat kit whichabsorbs acids, caustics, other oil- and water-based liquids and unknown liquids will make sure you are preparedfor any chemical spills that may occur. The best advantage to being prepared is to reduce costly slip and fallaccidents an to prevent expensive environmental damage.As well as having the correct type of kit when dealing with chemicals, it is important to make sure that yourhazmat kit is always packed with enough spill absorbents to contain and cleanup dangerous chemical spills.Monitoring of supplies is an important and critical step in your spill prevention plan. Checking and inspecting yourhazmat spill kit on a regular basis will make sure that you are always prepared for any emergency spill responsesituation. So, how can you ensure inspection becomes a priority? Find out how below:Plans should also detail employee responsibilities. Rather than write particular names into the plan, it may bebetter to categorize employees - for example, "office staff," "press operators", etc. - so that you can facilitatetraining by employee type and not have to alter your plan every time someone changes positions or leaves yourcompany.Delegate responsibility for checking and inspecting hazmat spill kits.The first step towards making sure your kits are always prepared for chemical spillages at your facility isdelegating responsibility to an employee or employees for checking the contents and ordering replenishmentstock. This could be a spill responder or the health and safety manager. It is important that everyone knows whois responsible and therefore be safe in the knowledge that spill absorbents are available in case of a chemicalspill. A plan and a process for recording kit inspections should be drawn up so that when a chemical spillhappens at your facility your employees know they have the right amount of spill absorbents to deal with theamount of liquid. Otherwise, you may not realise that you dont have enough absorbents to deal with a spill until itactually happens, resulting in dangerous accidents and possible environmental damage. With routine checks youcan make sure your facility is prepared and you can act fast to prevent dangerous chemical spills from spreading.Choose kits in clear bagsSome suppliers provide kits in clear bags so that it is easy for you to check supplies at a glance and monitorstock levels easily. This can save time when checking and inspecting your kits and allow you to act fast when achemical spill happens. Some companies make it easy to determine the type of clear bag kit with colour codedproduct labels and spill absorbents inside the kit. Labels and spill absorbents are colour coded pink so that theyare easily identifiable when a dangerous chemical spill happens. With clearly labelled clear bag kits your facilitycan be more prepared and everyone can see when supplies are running low and alert the person responsible forstocking up.Quick and Easy ReplenishmentReplenishment of stock can be made easier by choosing a hazmat spill kit that has a refill available. Somesuppliers provide refills for their kits to ensure that stock can be replenished with ease. The routine checking andinspecting of your kits will determine when refills need to be re-ordered and this can easily done by recording theproducts to reorder.