Hazmat Spill Cleanup Process
When it comes to responding to hazardous spills, we always suggest that you call our professional team at North Texas Spill Response. However, if you have a spill that you determine to be manageable, you can use the following as a loose guideline to follow. The first step should be to ensure that one individual is solely responsible for cleaning up the spill. This does not mean that others cannot assist. It just means that this person is the one who determines when the spill is completely clean, and the hazardous material has been removed.
Next, identify the substance, and if it is a life-threatening substance, contact 911 and call us immediately. If the substance is not life-threatening, protect yourself and your crew with PPE Personal Protective Equipment suits. Of course, you’ll want to choose the right suit level based on what’s indicated on the MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet. You may also be required to use a respirator. Of course, gloves, boots, and goggles are also required.
Once you’re equipped with PPE, the next thing you should do is mitigate your loss by stopping the spill. Turn an emergency shut-off valve, pick up a fallen drum of gas or oil, or use some other method to stop the release of the hazardous material.
Now that the fluid has stopped spilling, you’ll need to contain it to limit the spread. This can be done by using spill kits, sorbent socks, and products designed to dam and divert spills. The next step is to clean up the spill. We use ELMN8, which is a virtually non-hazardous, non-toxic solution that threats hydrocarbon contamination through an immediate chemical oxidation process. But there are other off-the-shelf products that may work. Then properly dispose of any hazardous material.
The last step is to decontaminate everything. This includes decontaminating your PPE, your crew, and your equipment. You should then dispose of your PPE in the same manner as your spilled liquid and containment berms.
While this may look like a long laundry list of things to do to clean up your own hazardous material release, it is not all-inclusive. We suggest that you contact us prior to needing our services so that we can inspect your facilities and point out any flaws in your SPCC Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure plan.