Type ‘spill kits’ in Google and expect a thousand of results. While different industries (i.e. school, work and the public) have their own respective checklists to follow, the goal of having a spill kit in susceptible working locations is the same – to contain hazardous chemical spills and prevent serious accidents from happening.
Listed below is a checklist of what your spill kit should contain. Having a spill kit in your own homes is also a must and you can either assemble one by yourself, or by ready-mades ones at the store.
Spill kits checklist
Chemical spills should be dry cleaned; clean the material without using water to prevent possible reactions. Materials such as spill containment mats, absorbent pads or kitty litter and sand should are staples in every spill kit.
Contain hazardous chemicals like acid and alkali with a neutralising agent like sodium hydrogen carbonate (otherwise known as baking powder). Baking powder neutralises acid and alkali spills by leaving a salt water residue due to the chemical reaction.
Shovel, brooms, buckets and anything that can be used to pick up absorbents and spilled chemicals should be readily accessible.
Once the spill is contained, it should be disposed of in properly labelled containers (i.e. ones with toxic or hazard signs) or commercial containers designed to hold chemical spills.
Personal protective gear
Do not attempt to contain and clean chemical spills without wearing protective gears. Goggles, a pair of gloves, boots, apron and respiratory protective masks is among the must-haves in a spill kit.
Accidents do happen and when they do, it is when you least expect it. Instead of dealing with the worse, it is important to always be prepared and have the necessary tools to clean and contain chemical spills, especially in your homes.