Environmental and Marine Spill Kits – The Grand Scale

The extraction of oil on a grand scale has long been a dangerous affair, but extracting it from underneath the ocean floor has pushed it in to new territory. Oil spilt on land is difficult to clean up, but manages to stay relatively well-contained, at least for long enough for remediation efforts to be brought to bear. In deep water, it is a different story.

Cleanup efforts for oil spilt on water are varied, and include such methods as the deployment of booms, physical ‘suction’ remova courtesy of ships, and shoreline remediation. There are also dispersants, of various names, whose main purpose is to break the oil down in to smaller globules, allowing bacteria and wave action to break the oil down more quickly.

This method was most recently deployed during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in May of 2015. When this well blew out, it sheared the pipeline off on the ocean floor, which began to spill oil at a tremendous rate over the course of the next three months. It still stands as the biggest spill in the history of the petroleum industry, with an estimated volume of 4.9 million barrels of oil being released in to the Gulf of Mexico.

Once the difficulty in plugging the well was revealed, BP invested in Corexit, a dispersant, which was applied to the affected area by modified crop-dusting planes. Much of the oil sank in to the depths as a result, but this treatment has proven controversial. Such detergents are by themselves somewhat toxic, and their tendency to keep the oil submerged has been speculated to have been intended to remove the slick from the public eye, rather than effect a long-term solution.

While the usage of such dispersants continues to be studied, this case underlines – on a grand scale – the importance of ensuring that our extraction and usage of petroleum is kept to a high standard of safety, to ensure that such difficult decisions are not necessary. Despite their efficacy, many environmental and marine spill kits are intended to treat spills of considerably smaller scale, and such accidents as Deepwater Horizon have proven that our industrial-scale remediation capacity is still quite limited.

If you’re in need of marine and environment spill kits or expertise, EcoSpill is Australia’s expert. Contact us today or browse our huge range of products.

Silt Socks and Soil Erosion

Topsoil erosion is an issue we in Australia have faced continuously over the years. Among almost any agrarian society, we rely on rich and viable topsoil to provide a breeding ground for our vital crops, and when it is stripped away, it can leave some serious problems behind.

When soil erosion removes the uppermost layer of topsoil, the layer that we wind up exploiting ends up being less rich or viable than its predecessor. It can be more difficult to till, and can be less suitable overall for planting. And when this soil runs off in to our watersheds, they can create water quality issues – something that many in the Murray-Darling watershed are very familiar with.

This is the reason that silt socks, and other measures, are so important to Australian processes and farming works. It means that they are able to operate landworks and break ground without fear of the next rainfall, and can stop such events from breaking down the soil and polluting our rivers and reservoirs.

Silt socks and coir logs operate to remove the silt from the water before it reaches the river. This is vital, as a heavy silt load can fundamentally alter the form of a watercourse. It discourages weed growth, and tips the balance in favour of species that forage in zero visibility – as is the case with our much-maligned invasive carp species.

Ensure you aren’t causing environmental damage with properly deployed silt socks and coir logs. Contact Eco Spill for more information.

Erosion and the Unique Coir Log

Erosion control is a vital aspect of construction and retension works around Australia. In the absence of a preventative measure, loose and vital topsoil can easily be lost to the erosive power of pounding waves and running water. In the absence of remediation measures, such as silt socks, it can then we washed in to our waterways, sullying water quality and clarity, and potentially netting the careless person responsible a hefty fine.

At Eco Spill, we provide a wide range of products, including silt socks, aimed at the preservation of our natural areas, while encouraging firms to abide by environmental regulations country-wide. One of the best new methods of preventing soil erosion on your worksite is through the use of coir logs. These unique erosion control products can efficiently prevent excessive soil loss, and are easily deployed across a range of landscapes.

Coir logs are constructed of 100% coconut products. Three metres in length, they come in both 200mm and 300mm thicknesses. Their benefits over the typical hay bales are numerous: coconut products won’t break down as quickly, they are more easily managed and deployed, and they don’t host a wide range of weed seeds – so they won’t sully the landscape after breaking down.

They hold their position well, even in areas of high current. But their biggest asset is their ability to use the entirety of the coconut in their construction – no aspect is left unused, making them an eco-friendly method of preserving your topsoil and waterways.

These coir logs operate outdoors, in almost any landscape, and for a huge variety of spaces – roadworks, embankments, in bush regeneration, and for the creation of water channels in agriculture. If you’re in need of an erosion control device, you can do no better.

Contact Eco Spill today, and find out more.

An Offal Mess | Spill Kits Melbourne

Spill kits for Melbourne can be applied across a wide range of different substances, but some are far more common than others. Engine oils, for example, are highly common, given their ubiquitous use and commonality in workplaces. Others, like mercury, are less common. An even less common substance was spilled on Melbourne’s WestGate freeway, back in March.

Through unknown means, a truck, carrying a full load of offal, managed to dump a large amount of its cargo along the road. Offal is compiled of animal products, unused parts of slaughtered pigs and cows, which can include everything from the brain, to hearts, and livers – almost everything that isn’t actually consumed. This mess came to rest in the heart of the city, and shut down the highway for a number of hours.

It was postulated that the truck had braked, or been forced to brake, and the spill have overtopped the bin behind the cab. The mess had spilt over the front of the bin, meaning some of it had even entered in to the driver’s seat.

This Melbourne spill demanded a spill kit of a particular nature. Many of this variety will contain an antibacterial, to ensure that such a spill doesn’t inadvertently spread disease. It can also incorporate a masking agent, to keep the smell from becoming worse – as you can imagine, lying in the hot sun, offal did not smell like the roses.

For all your spill kit needs, Eco Spill has you covered. Contact us today.

Spill Kits and the Melbourne Workplace

Spills kits in Melbourne are vital for a wide variety of reasons. They aid us in preventing environmental problems, they keep our workplace safe from contamination and slip hazards. But occasionally, a spill can provide more danger than we might realise. One such example occurred at Melbourne Airport in 2016.

Tullamarine is one of the busiest airports in the country, and not only for people – a large amount of freight moves in and out of the city through here. This can include almost any product imaginable, for an almost infinite variety of purposes.

This includes a number of industrial products. In November of last year, a flight landed with a cargo of hydrofluoric acid. This substance is vital to a number of industrial processes, including car detailing and metal washing, but it is also extremely harmful to human life. So when its container began to leak on to the floor of the shipping area, the alarm went out.

The fire department duly arrived, and were able to contain the acid by placing it in to another container. However, the delay in discovering the leak had exposed a number of the staff to vapours from the leaking carton, and one staff member had come in to physical contact with it. Hydroflouric acid interferes with nerve responses, so burns do not become obvious for some time. As a precaution, eight staff members were taken to hospital, although luckily, all were released later that day.

As your spill kit experts in Melbourne, we recognise the importance of DIY cleanup – but we also know when to let the experts take over. Luckily, so did Tullamarine Airport staff. Remember, always be aware of the substances you are handling in your workplace, and the dangers they pose.

Harbour Applications – Spill Kits for Sydney

As one of the busiest harbours in the world, Sydney Harbour has seen its fair share of action since Captain Cook first sighted it. From the white sails of the First Fleet, to Japanese mini submarines, to the great bulk of modern cruise ships, there have been few dull moments on these blue waters.

But with this action comes the potential for disaster. Sydney has long served as an oil port, with Gore Bay currently the largest oil port in the harbour, accompanied by several others scattered through the port. They serve an important purpose, providing a much-needed resource to this growing city. But they have also had a number of incidents, and Sydney has been obliged to break out their spill kits on more than one occasion.

Numerous smaller spills are recorded each year in these busy waters, typically by accident or carelessness. But in 1999, in Gore Bay, a far larger oil spill occurred, courtesy of the Italian tanker Laura D’Amato. While sitting alongside the dock here, an open sea valve resulted in the loss of over 300 tons of oil.

Spill kits were nevertheless broken out to protect the Sydney Harbour shore, and booms surrounded the vessel soon after the spill was noticed. Some did escape, however, and this unsightly stain on the blue waters of the harbour resulted in a public relations nightmare for Shell, who had been fined for a smaller incident at the same dock four years before. In this case, the oil was a light sweet crude variety, which tended to break down and dissipate before it caused too much damage to local wildlife. Quick responses, and good practice, were pivotal to averting a larger catastrophe.

The Importance of Mercury Spill Kits

Quicksilver, or mercury as it is commonly referred, stands apart from many other elements on the periodic table. It is one of the only ones that exists as a liquid in its elemental form, and has a long and storied history in areas of chemistry and lore.

Occurring naturally in the earth’s crust, mercury is a basic aspect of planet’s makeup. But this long history does not conceal its unhealthy nature. Used commonly today in many industrial processes, including paper production, paints, dental appliances, electronics, and coal-based electricity, mercury poses numerous health risks, to the point that it has bred its own specialised spill kit.

Mercury has a negative impact upon our digestive, nervous, and immune systems. It is primarily absorbed through our diets, as it tends to bioaccumulate in various fish and mollusc species. In particular, it has a negative effect on pregnant or nursing women – one of the main reasons for the limits placed on the consumption of these species.

Mercury spill kits from Eco Spill differ from their broad-range counterparts through their specific nature: they exist to tackle this specific spill, and that only. This underlines the importance of their role. Mercury, once released in to an environment, does considerable damage, over both a long and a short time frame.

A mercury spill kit takes in to account the necessity for speed and a snappy response. You are looking to solve the problem as quickly as possible, without putting yourself at undue risk of absorbing any of the chemicals yourself. PPE gear, then, is an absolute necessity.

You may never need to use it, but the importance of being prepared cannot be overstated. For more information on the use of your mercury spill kit, contact Eco Spill today.

Training and Oil Spill Kits

When considering oil spill kits, or any other version of spill kits, we at EcoSpill often stress the importance of employee familiarity. Every member of your team must be up to date on the deployment methods, and also, storage locations.

This is one of the main reasons that we place such great emphasis on our training programs. The simple familiarity that is afforded to those who have been trained on the usage of a spill kit shows quickly during those confusing, frantic moments just after a spill has occurred. With a knowledge of the sequence of events to follow in this situation, spills can be tackled more quickly, lessening the chances of costly runoff, spreading, or employee injury.

Placing your oil spill kit in the right location is also vital, and is something that must be drilled in to the heads of everyone involved. It must be accessible, and close to areas where spills are most likely to occur, such as machine shops or near oil sources. But it cannot be enclosed – it is an awkward situation indeed when a spill blocks off access to the spill kit.

We recommend a training session with your staff, updated every few months, to ensure that they are well aware of the placement and the usage methods involved in your oil spill kits. By doing so, you are ensuring that a spill is within the capabilities of anyone in your staff to take care of.

To learn more about our spill kits and training programs, contact EcoSpill today for more information. We offer training sessions to go along with our products, and can make sure that your workplace is ready to tackle any spills that come along.

How to Use Spill Kits from Eco Spill

As with nearly any piece of equipment, our spill kits are only as useful as the folks employing them. Done properly, they can ensure that a spill does not go any further than it’s initial drop point. But there are a number of rules to follow to ensure that this is done properly.

How to use spill kits? Read on. Remember, all of our spill kits come complete with detailed instructions within the kit itself.

Get Prepped

In our spill kits, you will gloves. To protect your hands and reduce the accidentally spreading of the spilt material, put these on.

Determine a Perimeter

First, judge the size of the spill. At this stage, ensuring that nothing is leaking in to open drains or being absorbed in to soil or your local water supply is your highest priority. Set out snakes or absorbent pads to block of the flow of any liquid that is escaping.

Place the Absorbent

On the main body of the spill, place the absorbent material. Ensure that the bulk of the liquid is in reach of the absorbent.

Dispose of the Sorbents

Once the liquid spill has been absorbed in to the sorbent, it is vital to dispose of it properly and safely within the bags provided within your spill kit. Once this is done, the sorbents must be disposed of properly, in accordance with state regulations.

Replace your Spill Kit

When it rains, it pours – so if you have just used your spill kit, be sure to waste no time in replacing it!

Retaining familiarity among your employees is the best method of how to use spill kits. Keep everyone well educated on their location and methods of deployment, and you can prevent spills from spreading within your workplace or otherwise causing damage.

General Purpose Spill Kits and the Modern Work Place

The modern firm has to focus on more than just their product. In the era of online reviews and rapid-fire news feeds, you must be aware of your impact upon both your clients, and your local environment. Not only can spills and carelessness net you a hefty fine from the local government, but it can hurt your bottom line.

The majority of consumers are heavily reliant upon online reviews to gauge their options when shopping. This means they are surfing sites such as Google Reviews, Yelp, and Facebook, to determine if anyone has had some exceedingly poor (or positive) experiences with a firm. A bad review can deter even the most committed shopper.

This is why a general purpose spill kit, on your work site, can provide more benefit than just cleaning up spilt liquids. They serve as a reminder, and an assurance, of your good policy towards the environment They can remind those clients visiting you that you are prepared to deal with any eventuality. Even if it never gets any use, it demonstrates your commitment.

A general purpose spill kit can be employed for nearly any spill that you come across. It is specifically formulated to be as broad-reaching as possible, covering everything from cooking grease and oil, to fuels and hydrocarbons, to cleaning soaps and detergents. It can be put to use across the board, regardless of the type of work you perform on site.

For more information on the various benefits of these Ecospill products, contact us today.