Spills are not exclusive to a specific type of business; they transpire across various industries, encompassing factories, schools, and even local fast-food stores.
How would you handle a spill at your workplace?
Several common types of spills necessitate specific approaches for managing risk, containing the mess, and removing residual stains and by-products. Spills involving hazardous chemicals pose more than a mere inconvenience; they present a health threat to everyone nearby. Exposure could result in irritation to the respiratory system, skin, and eyes. Such spills might also result in slippery surfaces and high flammability.
It is crucial that all staff members are aware of the appropriate spill response, whether that entails managing the spill themselves or notifying the designated responder. While it’s not essential for all staff to be trained in chemical spill response, it’s imperative that a select group, such as managers and supervisors, are.
Ensure that Hazchem spill kits are strategically positioned throughout your facility, much like fire extinguishers or emergency exits. These kits should be clearly marked and easily accessible.
A crucial part of your chemical spill response protocol should be safe disposal of chemical waste. Improper disposal could harm both the environment and waste collection workers, and could even violate Australian regulations. Designate a bin for the disposal of chemical waste, and arrange for its regular removal by a certified chemical waste company or through an onsite chemical waste incinerator. A surface restoration specialist can subsequently remove any remaining stains and dangerous by-products.
Paint spills are a frequent occurrence on construction sites, hardware stores, schools, and even on the road when paint cans fall off trucks. It’s essential to prevent the spread and drying out of the spilled paint, as dried paint requires a more labor-intensive removal process.
Another concern, especially outdoors, is spilled paint entering storm water drains and ultimately harming marine wildlife. Such actions could lead to potential conflicts with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
If your business regularly encounters paint spills, having a large stock of sand, sawdust, or kitty litter at hand is a good idea. These materials can absorb the paint and minimise its spread, simplifying the cleanup process. Start from the outside and work your way in to keep the spill contained.
Calling a surface restoration technician to remove the paint before it dries is the optimal course for full surface restoration. High-pressure cleaning alone often exacerbates the issue, spreading the paint further.
The most effective method to tackle a paint spill involves using a series of cleaning solutions to breakdown the molecular bonds of the paint and release it from the surface. Following this process, a high-pressure washing can ensure a clean, contaminant-free area. Lastly, use a vacuum recovery system to gather all the water, thus preventing any environmental harm.