Liquid spills can be hazardous to staff as well as
hard on the wallet with possible destruction to property and equipment. For this
reason having spill containment procedures and preparations is a vital step in any
facility management role. When it comes to spill containment prevention is the key.
No one wants a spill to happen. Proper equipment maintenance programs and equipment
use documentation goes along way to prevent spills. Make sure that your spill containment
program includes or is coordinated with a maintenance program.
Even though you take diligent measures to prevent spills from happening, there is
always the possible accident caused by unexpected equipment malfunction or operator
error. In these instances you will need to have spill containment preparation. You
should always have on hand the necessary supplies to contain a spill. These may
include a spill tray or drip pan, absorbant materials to soak up spills, hazard
signage to notify of the spill and documentation for recording actions taken. Those
individuals who will be instrumental in correcting a spill and in the spill containment
should be on aware of their responsibilities and able to conduct them efficiently
When a spill happens it is important that the Spill Containment Procedures are instituted
as quickly as possible. Acting fast in a spill containment crisis will prevent injury,
limit liability and save money. Have your Spill Containment Program ready, updated
and able to be instituted when the need arises.