Could you Build a Simple Spill Kit at home?
Spill kits are an effective and important way of managing potential and dangerous leaks and spills but it is very important to make sure that the right type of spill kits are used to handle spills efficiently and safely. Anyone responsible for places that regularly make use of transport or store bulk chemicals or liquids should have spill kits ready in case of an accident or emergency. Certain rules in the industrial workplace that handles hazardous chemicals and flammable liquids mandate that spill kits are necessary to tackle an emergency. It is very important to be aware of different kinds of spill kits available and make sure that the right types are well-stocked, ready to go and easily accessible.
If you have the habit of storing hazardous chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides etc within your home or in some building outside, you should be ready to clean it up in case of an accidental spill or leak. Homemade spill kits could be kept ready so that you could act quickly to contain, control and clean up the chemical leak or spill.A spill kit consists of items that are easy to find. When they are assembled in one place, they could assist in safely cleaning up Dry or wet spills. Have a look at the key components that could make up a spill kit.
- Plastic storage tote that could conventionally hold and store spill kit materials in one spot. You could label the outside of the kit so that you could easily find it if you need the same.
- Safety goggles protect the eyes which are the most sensitive areas of the human body, from chemical exposure.
- Unlined, chemical resistant gloves that are made of nitrile to make sure that maximum protection is achieved against chemicals. Kitchen gloves that are often used when washing dishes will not be chemical-resistant and work gloves are not made of leather. Gloves should not be lined to prevent chemicals from getting trapped within the lining which would allow the substance to be in direct contact with a person that would cause injury.
- A broom and dustpan could be used to easily sweep up the dry spills.
- Garbage bags allow you to carry leaky or spilt material.
- Absorbent material like oil absorbent, cat litter, sawdust or activated charcoal would help in soaking up liquid spills so that they could be swept up and disposed of properly.
Depending on the type and extent of the spill, you might not be able to deal with the spill safely. Keep emergency numbers handy if needed.
Other than making sure that the right kind of spill kit is available, it is very important to have the appropriate number of kits and kit sizes. The most popular sizes, based on their absorbent capacity, are between 90 litres and 240 litres but the choices available might vary based on the individual needs.