A fun crossword puzzle of words that are frequently used in spill response. Test your knowledge of this industry’s terminology. [Read more…]
Purchasing a hazmat spill kit that is already assembled by spill kit experts takes the guess work out of putting one together yourself. Plus buying a premade spill kit saves you more money than purchasing all in individual components that go into making one. You will save time, money, effort and storage space when you buy a hazmat spill kit that is ready to use and on hand when you need it most. [Read more…]
The word “hazmat” carries an element of fear regarding environmental catastrophes that come with exorbitant clean up costs. A hazmat spill kit contains a variety of absorbent materials used to contain and clean up an oil spill, chemical spill, or body fluid spill. Not all spills are considered hazmat. Any liquid spill can potentially be dangerous even if the liquid is not hazardous. Slip and fall accidents are common and expensive for businesses. For example, a jar of pickles can fall off the shelf in a grocery store and create a spill. The pickle juice is not on a list of hazardous materials, but the if someone slips on the juice, they may get injured.
Stormwater runoff is precipitation (rain or snowmelt) that does not percolate into the ground. As stormwater runs over impervious surfaces such as roof tops, paved roads, parking lots, construction sites, and industrial sites, it mixes with pollutants that get carried into storm drains. There are three sources of stormwater runoff that are regulated by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program. In simple terms, cities, businesses, and construction sites are responsible for the quality of the stormwater runoff that flows away from their property. This is a daunting responsibility when you think about how much rain falls in certain parts of the county. [Read more…]
You may think of absorbents only in terms of pollution prevention, but more often, they are used within a facility to clean up potential slip and fall hazards. Most chemicals, cleaners, fuels, oils and other common industrial liquids are highly slippery when spilled on a smooth surface. [Read more…]
Winter weather is here and winter driving can get slippery and dangerous. EnviroMet encourages you to be prepared for an emergency. One tip is to keep a Beacon Pro LED Flare in your glove box or emergency kit to alert other drivers and emergency vehicles that you need assistance and keep you safe. Following are more tips for safe winter driving. [Read more…]
Oil Spill Pollution due to floods can happen any time of year, but winter and early spring run-off are the most likely times for this kind of disaster. Hurricane Katrina, a significant natural disaster, was responsible for the release of more than 7 million gallons of oil into the environment. This originated from oil storage facilities, processing plants, and pipelines. Business owners are responsible for any contamination and cleanup caused by their hazardous materials that may get swept down stream during a flood. [Read more…]
Does your business have a spill response plan?
A Spill Response Plan, also called a Spill Contingency Plan (SCP) is a written plan specific to each business that clearly explains the company policy regarding spill clean up, reuse, recycling, and disposal on any spilled liquids, including oils, chemicals and soiled sorbent materials. A comprehensive Spill Response Plan should include the following information: