Spill Kits contain a set of equipment specifically designed to control, contain and clean up hazardous substances and is an essential piece of equipment when harmful substances are at risk of being spilled.
Dangerous substances include:
- Hazardous chemicals
- Protein fluids
Whist all spill kits should contain general safety equipment such as safety goggles, disposable bags and gloves, specific materials within them vary depending on the potentially spilled substance. The types of equipment can be split into two categories, loose sorbents and materials.
Loose sorbents are used to both absorb and neutralise hazardous liquids so they can be easily disposed of with minimum risk to anyone involved. There are also multiple different types of loose sorbents all of which specialise in different substances. The main ones are as followed:
Mineral based granules which are used to absorb oil, grease, water, solvents, chemicals and other liquids on solid surfaces. They also neutralises flammable, toxic and explosive substances so they can be disposed of safely.
Quick Eco Gel
Absorb slurry solids and creates a gel like substance which can be disposed of in any standard waste bin within minutes.
Often used as an anti-slip agent, it quickly absorbs liquids making them easy to clean up.
Absorbs any chemical excluding cyanide solutions, decomposable peroxides, and concentrated nitric acid.
Other resources used to clear up hazardous substances are categorised as materials. These products achieve their purpose in multiple different ways.
The main ones are as followed:
Micro-fibre- material used to absorb oil so it can easily be disposed of.
Oil and chemical pads, socks and rolls- made to absorb large quantities of oil.
Oil booms- a floating barrier used to contain oil spills which occur in water. They reduce the risk of pollution and collect the oil into one place facilitating the clean-up process.
Universal chemical neutraliser- neutralises acids so they are safe to clean up
Bio-tube- absorb oil and digest it, converting it to carbon dioxide and water
There are different sizes and types of spill kits available depending on the substance spilled. For more information and to select the relevant spill kit for your needs see the links below.