Almost everything becomes dangerous when misused, and the same applies to chemical substances in the workplace. The mishandling of hazardous goods could be detrimental to the integrity of the workforce, and even more so when staff are not properly trained to respond to chemical spills.
No matter the size of the spill, the same precaution and risk response should be adhered to by everyone involved to prevent any further accidents or possible injury. Above all, there should be sufficient spill kits and protective gear in easily accessible areas of the workplace to ensure speedy cleanup and risk mitigation.
With that in mind, you should visit Wholesale Safety Storage Australia to view our spill kits for sale and place your order to help prepare your business and employees for any potential chemical mishaps.
In many cases, the way one responds to an emergency is often how well the situation resolves. Think of it this way, if a fire brigade responds to a call of a massive warehouse fire, they don’t pitch up with no hose or equipment to maintain and subdue the flames.
They are constantly prepared and always training to improve their performance and response to emergencies, with the right gear on hand to tame the situation.
Can you imagine if your house was burning and the fire brigade showed up with a squirt gun? You probably wouldn’t be very impressed, and it shouldn’t be any different when it comes to your business.
Chemical spill kits are vital in a workplace that uses or stores hazardous goods, but equally important is how the spill kits are used and how the workforce responds to the emergency.
Consider these four steps:
1. Communicate the spill – immediately notify other workers in the area and management about the spill, and evacuate the premises if needed.
2. Control the spill – ensure that the spill doesn’t get any worse, either righting a tipped over container or closing a valve. Be sure to have appropriate PPE available, including respiratory protection.
3. Containment – this step requires the use of the appropriate spill kit. Ensure workers can easily identify each chemical in the workplace to avoid using incorrect containment methods.
4. Clean up – be sure to dispose of any materials and equipment used to clean up the spill and label it accordingly. If it is classified as a hazardous material, you will need to dispose of it following local laws and environmental regulations.