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. The first reaction of people within the spill site is to do something about the situation. Unfortunately, this is not the right way to deal with the problem. Workers should not put themselves in danger trying to stop or slow down an unsafe spill. 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. Spill pallets and spill containment berms should be available as a primary safeguard against spills. Perhaps the best weapon for this is to make sure that there is proper management of production and storage areas which are the most common places where spills take place. Attention should similarly given to transportation corridors. 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.
External tanks can leak if they are overfilled or when they are deteriorated . The solution for this problem is diking. These liquids are highly flammable, corrosive and harmful and it order to prevent them from spreading around, the dikes can collect them. Depending on the volume of the tank, the method is mandated by law and recommended by OSHA.
People should consider vehicular traffic in the storage space before diking. 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.
Diatomaceous earth is also highly recommended by the OSHA to control spills. You can spread this chalk-like substance to stop potential hazards. The effect of this method is a successful stoppage of the spill to spread around. Using diatomaceous earth can be a competent option for contain a spill.
By using pressurized applicators, chemicals can be sprayed to the spill. These chemicals can stop the progress of the spreading substance. 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. Fast-acting agents can also used to produce quick barriers because they can affect the primary edges of a spill to swiftly lost its fluidity.