What to do when a spill occurs
When a spill occurs, time is of the essence to ensure a quick response and safe cleanup. Here are some helpful hints to make sure you, your employees, and the environment are protected.
1. Risk Assessment
Evaluate the type of material spilled and identify the source. If you are NOT familiar with the liquid and its chemical properties, vacate the area and contact proper authorities.
2. Protective Clothing
Wear the appropriate protective gear for the situation. If the source or the material is not identifiable, assume the worst.
Contain the liquid and seal drains.
4. Stop the Source
Close valves, rotate punctured drums and plug leaks where it is possible and safe to do so.
5. Begin Clean Up
Use MBT absorbents to absorb spilled liquids.
6. Contact Authorities
Report the spill to proper legal authorities in your community. Be sure to fill out all necessary reports in accordance with local laws.
7. Disposal of Used Material
Absorbent materials take on the characteristics of whatever they absorb. Be sure to dispose of used absorbents and spilled liquids in accordance with local laws.
Clean all tools and reusable materials properly before reuse.
9. Restock Materials
Replace absorbent materials and safety equipment used in any cleanup operation.
10. Review Contingency Plans and Procedures!