Steps to Contain Spills in the Workplace
Incidents of hazardous chemical spills in the workplace is something that scares the workers themselves. The first reaction of people within the spill site is to do something about the situation. This is far from being the right solution. Workers should not put themselves in danger trying to stop or slow down an unsafe spill. Training workers who are daily exposed to hazardous agent on the proper procedures to contain spills so that the next time a spill happens, they will be prepared to do the right thing.
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. The solution for this problem is diking. 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.
These dikes and barriers are very useful but consideration should also be made for vehicular traffic in the storage space itself. You have to be sure also that the OSHA does not prohibit the installation of dikes near the container, like they do for certain chemicals such as liquefied petroleum gas.
The use of diatomaceous earth is recommended by OSHA to control spills. This is a chalk-like substance that you can spread to stop potential hazardous liquids. This is also a proven technique. If worker can use diatomaceous earth as an element of a disaster response plan that does not put them in any harm, then it can be a competent option for containing a spill.
By using pressurized applicators, chemicals can be sprayed to the spill. The spreading substance can be stopped by these chemicals. This chemical will not only reduce the effects of the fumes, ti can also solidify hazardous substances in question. The spills can harden or can change their chemical composition to change its combustibility. It is easier to dispose of the spill if it hardens and once disposed of then the danger is over. Fast-acting agents can also used to produce quick barriers because they can affect the primary edges of a spill to swiftly lost its fluidity.