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. 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. There are workers who are daily exposed to hazardous agents, and these workers should be given spill containment trainings to let the workers know the proper procedures in containing spills.
Of course, the best way to do it is to have the right equipment for this problem. Spill pallets and spill containment berms should be available as a primary safeguard against spills. The best weapon for such hazards is proper management of production and storage areas where spills are most likely to take place. Attention should similarly given to transportation corridors. If there is a way to channel the spill safely into a secure temporary or disaster holding spaces that area away from sparks, open flames, electrical circuits or employees, then the simplest thing that the workers can do is to deactivate whatever device they are using and then leave the area when there is a spill.
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. OSHA recommends diking and is some cases even mandated by the law.
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. 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.
Spraying chemicals to the spill through pressurized applicators is also effective. 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. A hardened chemical spill can easily be disposed of and after that there will be no more fear of danger when the spill is removed. What affects the primary edge of a spill to swiftly lost its fluidity as fast acting agents that produce quick barriers.
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