A company may have to use and store hazardous liquids. There is also the need to have a readily available supply of spill kits. These have to be checked and maintained. To have peace of mind, it could be a good idea to use a spill kit service.
A company needs to make sure it can deal with any eventuality resulting from a spill. It also needs to make sure that it complies with all existing and pending Health and Safety regulations. This includes Environmental Duty of Care obligations.
Complete records will be kept and provided on the state and condition of the kit. Any inspections that take place will be recorded and dated. This will be on a maintenance tag on the kit itself. There will be the need to clean kits. It will also be necessary to restock the kits regularly. The spill kit service will also make sure that a spill kit can be re-stocked in the case of an emergency within 24 hours.
An important case study highlights the importance of having and maintaining a chemical spill kit. A sole active director was ordered to pay substantial fines having pleaded guilty to two charges of contravening the Environment Protection Act 1970. The fines covered cleaning up the site as well as compensation. The company was licensed by the EPA to consolidate as well as store 2 tonnes of dry cleaning chemical waste. The director had stockpiled 100 tonnes of waste and walked away from the site. Therefore, chemical storage sites must be regularly inspected and provision made if there is any spillage or any kind.
Apart from the immediate danger resulting from a chemical spillage, liquids can be washed into drainage systems or leach into the soil. This in turn will find its way into the surrounding environment. This could have very harmful consequences.
The Hazchem spill kit deals with extremely hazardous chemicals. These include carcinogens, chemicals causing skin irritation, or chemicals causing respiratory effects. Therefore, direct exposure to these chemicals through skin contact, inhalation or digestion, could well have an adverse effect on somebody’s health. It may be necessary to provide eyewash stations along with emergency shower units. Again these need to be properly maintained and regularly checked.
In the case of inflammable liquids, then a fuel spill kit is really essential. Fuel vapor can create a flash point. All it would take would be one point of ignition to produce an explosion or a serious fire. This could well result in very serious consequences. Therefore, the correct fuel spill kit has to be available in those areas where inflammable liquids are either stored or often used.
Absorb Environmental Solutions will cover all of the above points and more. Their aim is to find sustainable solutions for the protection of the environment. That is to keep to keep the environmental impact of any industrial or commercial activity to an absolute minimum.
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