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Spill Control

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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For manufacturing plants, shipyards, and any other application involving the use of hazardous chemicals, spill control is an important aspect of on-the-job safety. Hazardous material spills can create a dangerous environment for workers, and, if not disposed of correctly, those materials can be dangerous to the environment as well. Happily, modern spill control is much easier to manage than in the past; high-tech super absorbent materials and safety products make spill containment and cleanup a breeze.

Products for industrial spill control vary greatly based on application and purpose. There are some that specially designed to operate on water, repelling the water and absorbing the waste or oil. Others are designed for quick cleanup of potentially hazardous materials indoors, or near floor drains or other run-off paths.

Oil-absorbent booms are a great example of a product designed for use in the water. Resembling long snakes, booms sit on the surface of the water and absorb as much as 20 times their own weight in oil, without absorbing water. Like socks, they can help contain spills as well as absorb them, and work well for any kind of industrial use.

Spill Control Kits

Personal safety and proper material disposal are two aspects of spill control that shouldn't be overlooked. Spill control kits are available to ease cleanup operations, and usually include personal safety gear such as protective body suits and facemasks, and containment tools like socks and absorbent pads, as well as U.N.- approved disposal containers. Many also meet OSHA regulations for hazardous materials safety.


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