The key to oil spill containment and cleanup is speed and efficiency. Implementing a sustainable response strategy will not only save you money but also creates a safer environment. Here are five spill response best practices that you can follow to ensure your Company’s success.
Workers that may encounter hydrocarbon spills need to be educated on proper containment and cleanup procedures. They should also be trained to use spill control materials correctly and efficiently.
Workers should understand the health, safety, and environmental risks associated with hydrocarbon spills. They should understand the potential for oil and fuel to reach waterways. They should be aware of the risk of fires and explosions. They should also be concerned about the risk of slips and falls due to oil leaks and avoid these hazards risks.
Provide workers with documented procedures and plans that cover actions, policies, control techniques, management practices, communication methods, and equipment instructions. Time is everything, and if workers are unclear on the necessary steps to take, that lost time could cost you dearly.
Regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment will help you identify the source of minor leaks before they become big problems. If possible, leaky gaskets or valves should be replaced. Remember, eliminating a potential leak should always be the first step. Preventing spills is still preferable to responding to them.
Workers should be aware that speedy containment is the number one priority for oil spill response. Confining the spill not only reduces the risk of contaminating nearby areas but allows time for emergency responders to arrive on the scene to begin the cleanup.
It’s not just big spills you need to be concerned with; slow and persistent leaks often go undetected. Once you identify the source, use the right sorbents to absorb oil and fuel before becoming a problem.
In the event of a hydrocarbon spill, it’s imperative that the event is documented correctly and the appropriate authorities are notified when necessary. If there are sudden threats to public health or welfare, reporting requirements are then triggered. Failure to do so can lead to even bigger problems, such as shutting down operations and hefty fines.
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