Spill Containment 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. As a primary safeguard against spill hazards, there should be spill pallets and spill containment berms to use. Proper management of the areas where spills take place is perhaps the best preventive for spills. Transportation corridors should also have proper management and maintenance. Channeling a spill safely into a secure temporary or disaster holding spaces away from sparks, open flames, electrical circuits, and people is one great solution and all workers need to do is to evacuate.
Chemicals stored in external storage tanks can leak when it is overfilled or deteriorated. Diking can be a solution to this 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. 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.
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.
The use of diatomaceous earth is recommended by OSHA to control spills. This is a chalk-like substance that you can spread to stop potential hazardous liquids. This is also a proven technique. If worker can use diatomaceous earth as an element of a disaster response plan that does not put them in any harm, then it can be a competent option for containing a spill.
By using pressurized applicators, chemicals can be sprayed to the spill. The spill spreading process can be stopped by the sprayed chemicals. This chemical will not only reduce the effects of the fumes, ti can also solidify hazardous substances 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. What affects the primary edge of a spill to swiftly lost its fluidity as fast acting agents that produce quick barriers.