Selecting a Spill Kit may not be the most exciting process; HOWEVER, not having the right kit on hand can cost you money and time. Below is a quick primer on how to choose the right spill kit. With so many kits to choose from, do you know which spill kit specifically matches your needs? Respond to this simple checklist to obtain a kit that meets your needs. Ascertaining the optimum fit really is simple and fast. Answer the next short set of questions and you should be able to hone in on the selection of one or two spill kits that will be appropriate for your circumstances.


What fluid are you soaking up?

The initial action in selecting the correct spill kit is to first clarify what type of fluid is going to be contained. At this point, you can match the absorbent to the fluid you want to contain. Knowing the appropriate absorbent for the fluid is critical. There are diverse types of absorbents that have atypical properties and it is vital for execution and safety to determine the chemical composition of the fluid you are containing.

Absorbent choice for your spill kits:
  • Universal designation on a spill kit denotes that the absorbents inside are universal sorbents. These universal absorbents are all purpose, used just about anywhere and for almost all spills.
  • Oil Only designation on a spill kits indicates that the sorbets contained inside are oil-only absorbents. Oil-only absorbents are intended for petroleum and hydrocarbon-based liquids. Oil-only absorbents will wick up the oil without absorbing water.

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    What is the maximum quantity of the possible spill?

    Step two in configuring your spill kit is ascertaining the biggest quantity of fluid that needs to be contained. By far, tanks and drums are biggest spill and leak offenders. Deducing the capacity of tank or drum will assist you in determining how big of a spill kit you must use. Spills can be as minute as a drop or as sizable as a tank containing 500 gallons. Everything above the 500 gallons mark has to be in a spill containment device. Keeping a small spill kit nearby is advisable as well.


    Check your work space, what kind of kits will fit?

    What kind of environment are you dealing with? Are you in a factory setting where machines are stationary, or are you in a warehouse where things are constantly on the move? What if you need a more mobile spill kit that you can put in a vehicle and takes up little space? Performing a site survey will help you in your decision making process. Spill kits come in many shapes and sizes, finding one that fits your exact needs is possible.

    Handy take-aways:
  • Keeps your kits and your fluids near each other
  • Machines leak on occasion, keep a kit in the vicinity
  • Spills do not stand still, trucks and trailers need spill kits on board
  • Always replace your used sorbents after a spil

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    Do you need PPE, Personal Protective Equipment?

    Employees that are tasked to deal with spills need protection. Depending on the type of spill, your employee will need gloves, goggles, protective suits and possibly respirators. Keeping your employees safe during spill clean ups is the first line of spill defense. An injured employee can be more costly than a spill fine. Having trusted equipment in a spill kit is of utmost importance. Depending on what chemicals might be introduced during a spill, your kit should contain all the PPE necessary for the safety of your personnel performing the clean up.

    Compliant with
  • 29 CFR 1910.120(j)(1)
  • 29 CFR 910.1450(e)
  • 33 CFR 154.1047(c)(2)
  • 49 CFR 173.3(c)(1)
  • 40 CFR 263.30(a)
  • 40 CFR 112.7(c)(1)

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