Remember Bhopal tragedy? The gas leak still considered as the world’s worst industrial chemical spill disaster? Over 500,000 were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other chemicals. These toxic substances found their way to the nearby towns turning up an estimate of 8,000 dead within two weeks. It could have been prevented had the company have the measures to cope and prevent this in the first place.
Chemical spills occur more often than you think: from a storage tank, during transportation, at a production site, warehouse area or at a laboratory.
And with many dangerous chemicals that could be present in a plant site, from highly flammable liquids, reactive substances, acids, oxidizing agents and the like chemical spills are very much likely to happen.
Dangers of chemical spills
The following are some of the situations that workers, your facilities and the environment may be exposed to.
1. Fire and/or explosion when flammable liquids generate vapor that could easily be ignited
2. Being burned by a corrosive liquid
3. Hot chemicals and/or pressurised zones
4. Other toxic chemicals or gases generated if spilled chemicals come in contact with other materials
5. Contamination of soil, water or air
These dangers do not involve everything. The danger of chemical spills depends on the substances or chemicals, work area’s location and conditions, and spill volume.
However, one of the most advised first aid measures when it comes to accidents involving aggressive chemicals like alkalis, oxidisers and acids, is what is called the Hazchem spill kit; also known as a chemical spill kit. It is recommended for industrial facilities, warehouses, hospitals, mine sites, factories, laundries and almost anywhere dangerous chemicals are used.
Each kit would have ChemSorb Absorbent, Hazchem grade Land Socks, Hazchem grade Absorbent Mats, Personal Protective Equipment and Anti-Static Waste Disposal Bags and Ties. It will be convenient if your company would buy spill kits that are ready to use. Check Absorb Enviro for more details.
In Australia, the Environment Protection Act was designed to help all business sectors find innovative ways by setting environmentally quality objectives in using resources more efficiently while reducing the ecological impact while doing so. This has become so effective it is now in the level of the world’s best environment protection regulation.
With the many things that a business has to do, let a group of experts make sure your business follows State environment policies (SEPPs), industrial waste management policies (WMPs) and National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs); so that you pass with flying colors your application for licenses, pollution abatement notices, work approvals and permits.
Ensure environmental compliance
Let this group of experts provide your business environment protection and environment management solutions to lessen your environmental impact. They would be providing you with training from chemical spill kit inductions to Australia’s first Certificate IV in Environmental Management, and even up to a Diploma of Environment Management. Likewise, they would do spill kit maintenance and environment preparedness inspections; while providing you with the Environment Manager’s Toolkit which every business should have. They would also take care of the Spill Response and Pollution Control Products ranging from spill kits, drain protection, drum management, absorbents, silt control and secondary containment devices.
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