When it comes to an oil or fuel leak or spill, they tend to have the worst timing.
Spill Response: Real Solutions for Real Life Problems
1. Assess the Risk
Problem: Before everyone jumps into action, it’s important to assess the situation. Look for potential hazards, health risks, environmental concerns and danger zones. That seems self-explanatory. But, in tense situations, common sense has an interesting way of flying right out the window. The first reaction is to panic. That's the last thing you want in a dangerous situation. Even veteran workers can get swept up in the turmoil and miss critical steps.
Solution: Make training your top priority. It’s not enough to have one person as a designated first responder. That’s a great place to start. There’s a way to take preparedness a step further. Every worker on your team should be aware of risk factors. Crews need to know how to protect themselves and others before responding to the spill.
Since 80% of all outdoor spills are oil or fuel, you can focus your efforts on teaching how to respond to these spills. They must be able to identify risk factors and know the steps of your company’s spill prevention control and countermeasure plan (SPCC).
Every step is important when responding to an oil or fuel spill, so be sure not to skip any. Additionally, trained professionals should handle hazmat spills. Teach non-hazmat personnel to call emergency response and then get out of harm's way until they arrive.
2. Protect Yourself
3. Confine the Spill
4. Stop the Source
5. Evaluate and Cleanup
Problem: You’ve contained the spill, stopped the source and cleaned the mess. Before you give a sigh of relief, don’t forget one major step. Decontamination.