Contain Spills through Spill Barriers

If there is an incident of hazardous agent spill in the workplace, it can be a scary scenario for everyone in the vicinity. The reaction of most people in the event of a spill is to try to do something to prevent it from spreading. This should not be done by ordinary workers. Trying to stop or slow down an unsafe spill is not to be done by workers because they are putting themselves in harm’s way. 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.

This problem is better solved with the right equipment that can contain chemical spills. Spill pallets and spill containment berms should be available as a primary safeguard against spills. Perhaps the best weapon for this is to make sure that there is proper management of production and storage areas which are the most common places where spills take place. Attention should similarly given to transportation corridors. Channeling a spill safely into a secure temporary or disaster holding spaces away from sparks, open flames, electrical circuits, and people is one great solution and all workers need to do is to evacuate.

Chemicals stored in external storage tanks can leak when it is overfilled or deteriorated. If dikes are formed around the tanks, it can help solve the problem. To prevent the distribution of the spilled or leaked liquids, the dikes have to surround the tanks to collect the spills. 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. The OSHA should not stop them from installing dikes near chemical containers.

Diatomaceous earth is also highly recommended by the 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. Using diatomaceous earth can be a competent option for contain a spill.

By using pressurized applicators, chemicals can be sprayed to the spill. These chemicals can stop the progress of the spreading substance. It also reduces the effects of any fumes or it can also solidify the hazardous substance in question. When reacting with the chemical spray the spills harden and they also change their chemical composition so as to change its combustibility. This way it can be safely disposed of once the danger is over. To produce quick barriers, fast-acting agent can be used so that the edge of the spill can be changed to swiftly lose its fluidity.

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