What Should You Do In An Oil Or Chemical Spill?

Whilst we all hope it never happens, it is essential that we prepare for worst case scenarios so that should the unthinkable happen, we can work quickly to mitigate and minimise the damage. So, in the event of an oil or a chemical spill, do you know what to do?

If you find yourself in urgent need of an emergency spill response, get in touch with BKP Group, we provide emergency responses for a range of spillages 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

What Should You Do In An Emergency Spill Scenario?

Whilst every spill is different and could have vastly different circumstances, emergency preparedness is essential. As such, it’s very important that any business working with oil or chemicals has a strict spill protocol in place in order to deal with spillages in the most appropriate manner,

Dealing With An Oil Spill

If you dispose an oil spill, it’s essential that it is dealt with immediately. According to information from Oilcare.org, whoever is responsible for the oil storage could face legal action as a result of potential pollution incidents as a result of the spilled oil.

One of the first things you need to do is make sure that you have a small spill kit available so you can quickly respond to an oil spillage. This includes sorbent items (items which will soak up oil, but not water) for example sandbags or earth to soak up the oil and it is on a hard surface. This is to stop it from contaminating a river, stream, watercourse, or drains, and also to prevent it from soaking into the ground.

Additionally, it’s also important that your kit contains some form of leak sealing putty in order to quickly seal whatever is causing the leak and minimise the amount of leakage. Finally it’s very important to remember that you must never use detergents to clean up oil spills. This is because detergent itself could result in a worse pollution incident as detergent is a pollutant itself.

With regards to emergency responses for oil spills, the BKP Group team is equipped with all the tools and skills ewe need to quickly mobilise and undertake a quick and thorough cleanup and decontamination of all the affected areas. This includes contaminated roads, floors, soil, or water. The BKP Group team will remove all traces of oil, leaving the area sterile and posing no possible environmental or health and safety risks.

How To Clean A Chemical Spill

Whilst all chemical spills are different and vary regarding the type of chemical that has been spilled, it is essential that any business or individual working in an environment with chemicals, such as a laboratory worker, must have knowledge and training in order to respond appropriately to any chemical spillages.

Whilst good practice will help to significantly reduce the likelihood of a chemical spill, unfortunately accidents happen, so it’s also important to be prepared to respond in an appropriate and measured manner depending on the chemical in question. In some situations, a spill can be handled by members of staff who are on-site, such as the laboratory workers themselves. After all, being present where and when the spill takes place provides them with a significant advantage with regards to response time. As such, it is vital that anyone who is working with chemicals understand the potential hazards associated not only with working with them chemical, but potential spills and correct cleanup techniques for the chemical in question. For example, laboratory workers who unfortunately suffer a spillage whilst using sulphuric acid need to be aware of what neutralizes the acid, which could be done by pouring a generous amount of baking soda of the acid spill, and a good few centimetres around the spill area.

However, there are some occasions where a quick response from a laboratory worker is not sufficient. As written by ACS.org, “Some laboratory spills require outside assistance because of the spill's size or its unusual hazards.” As such, it is also very important that your staff members do not downplay the risks associated with a potential spill. After all, it is much better to be overly cautious and safe when responding to a spillage than to be hasty and potentially risk lives.

With regards to a professional chemical spill clearing service, our 24/7 response team are able to react to any chemical spillage right away; using their skills, experience, and specialist tools and vehicles to stop its effects, clear it and take it away for safe disposal.

Why Should You Choose BKP Group For Your Emergency Spill Response?

For over 50 years, BKP Group have been providing waste management and waste disposal services to a wide range of clients, including domestic and a diverse selection of businesses from various different industries. We have been known for many years for our expertise in managing hazardous and liquid wastes, making us ideally suited for your emergency spill response needs.

We understand that in an emergency spill event, time is of the essence. Our team of specialists work fast to deliver a professional and proportional response; responding as soon as you need us in order to minimise the environmental damage. Regardless of the issue, no matter if you’re operating a residential, commercial, or industrial location, our emergency response team have the experience and skills you need.

Interested? Give Our Team A Call

If you have any questions our friendly and dedicated team of waste management experts will be happy to assist you with your enquires; providing additional information regarding our emergency spill response service, or any of the other waste removal solutions available from BKP Group.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff, you can talk to us by calling 0800 376 5004, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Alternatively, you could contact our team online using one of the following methods.

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