How are spills absorbed? By using absorbent material. Using absorbent materials like booms, pads and pillows it ensures that the spill is cleaned up effectively, and efficiently.
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At some point in time, nearly every industrial facility must deal with leaks and spills of liquids. Having the right spill kit at your disposal will help you deal with the leaks and spills adequately.
Floor sweeps are a simple solution to any spill control needs. Available in a range of sizes, floor sweeps are lightweight and easily accessible.
Choosing a Spill kit
When choosing a spill kit there are a few questions you need to consider.
THE SIZE AND CAPACITY OF THE SPILL KIT: choose a spill kit that enables you to absorb the maximum likely spill, not the total amount of liquid you have. Spill kit absorbency rates quoted by manufacturers are often based on maximum absorbency of very viscous liquids. Allow for this in your calculations – it’s possible that you may need to halve the capacity of a spill kit given if you are absorbing a less viscous liquid, like diesel as an example.
THE MATERIALS FROM WHICH THE COMPONENTS ARE MADE FROM: manufacturers produce standard kits, however all components can be altered to suit different job requirements. There are generally two types of absorbents – one type absorbs all liquids such as degreasers, coolant, acids, hydrocarbons and water. The other will only absorb hydrocarbons. Determine which liquids may be spilled and then which type of absorbent you require. It may be that you need two types of spill kits.
GENERAL PURPOSE SPILL KITS
Colour-coded grey and contain grey absorbents. They are ideal for all liquid spills, with the exception of aggressive acids or alkalis.
OIL & FUEL ONLY SPILL KITS
Colour-coded white and contain white absorbents. They are designed to recover oils and fuels only, in and around water without absorbing the water. If the spill kit will be used for spills on soil rather than hard surfaces or concrete surfaces, choose a kit which includes ground and floor absorbents.
HAZCHEM SPILL KITS
Colour-coded yellow and contain yellow absorbents. They are designed for acids, alkalis, coolants, paints and oils and fuels and are made from inert material which will not react with any absorbed liquids.