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.

Corrosive Storage Cabinets for Work and Home

Much is made about the importance of keeping caustic chemicals out of the wrong hand within the home. Anyone who has hosted young children knows the curiosity of youth, and locking away anything that can be potentially ingested is essentially the First Law of Parenting. But these principles can, and should be, applied in the workplace.

The motivation has changed between the two areas. Generally, those who would access and move dangerous chemicals are doing so out of convenience, not curiosity, but the end result is the same – exposure to elements that should not be used in anything but controlled environments. Erecting a barrier is the best option for ensuring that such proximity does not become a casual aspect of the working environment, where it is far more likely to be accidentally spilt or lost.

A good corrosive storage cabinet does not close off access entirely, although they can be locked. They simply provide a spot that becomes home for such chemicals and liquids. It become far easier to drive home the message that the one spot where these chemicals live, when not in use, is here. They provide refuge, but equally importantly, they encourage good habits.

Ecospill has committed to providing only the very finest corrosive storage cabinets on the market. Built of strong, corrosion-resistant steel, our cabinets feature self-latching doors, encasing your chemicals in a heat-resistant barrier to adverse conditions and prying hands. They provide any workplace with an element of safety, keeping both your investments and your staff safe from accidental spillage, theft, or open flames.

Contact Ecospill to find out more.

Oil Spills on Cuyahoga

fuel-and-oil-spill-kitsCleveland is a city that has a number of assets going for it. It is active in many sports, it sits astride the blue stretches of Lake Erie, and it hosts the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. But until recently, it held another, more dubious record. It’s river, the Cuyahoga, was once so polluted that is actually caught fire – not once, but multiple times.

The city features a strongly industrial past. The areas surrounding the city itself were ringed with steel mills, and in the years before the environmental movement of the 1960s, few bylaws existed in regards to oily effluents, and oil spill kits were completely absent from the scene. This reality was taken full advantage of.

While smaller fires had been reported on the river earlier in its lifetime, when oil on the water’s surface caught fire in 1952, it quickly spread up and down the lengths of the worst-polluted stretch of the river. The damage, to road and railway bridges and an adjoining office building, was extensive, exceeding $1 million US. This was repeated in 1969.

Concern over this instance led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Along with a downturn in the market for steel, and aggressive revival work on the river and it’s banks, the river – and much of Lake Erie – was offered a new lease on life. Instances such as these are a prime reason that oil spill kits, and pollution awareness, took hold in the 1960s, and has bred a more responsible view to environmental concerns today.

A Difficult Environment for an Oil Spill Kit

Spill Kits by EcospillWhen the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound in 1989, it’s double hulls were penetrated almost immediately. The ship, stuck firmly on the reef, began to haemorrhage it’s cargo of crude oil in to the depths of the sound, where the strong tidal currents of the area quickly distributed it along the coastline.

But unlike a large number of oil spill sites, the unique landscape and location of the sound has provided one of the toughest cleanup situations found anywhere in the world. Compared to the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 or the Torrey Canyon in 1967, the Exxon Valdez has provided far longer-reaching impacts and difficulties.

The first reason is the landscape. The shingle and rock beaches of the area provide innumerable nooks and crannies for oil to hide, to slowly leach in to the water and surrounding areas. Even now, thirty years later, you can turn over rocks on beaches and find oil from the Valdez. Oil spill kits, and absorbent mats, are simply unable to reach the substance.

Another reason is the climate of southern Alaska. The cold weather allows the oil to congeal in to harder lumps, which take considerably longer to break down. They also sink more readily, and dispersants struggle to access them on the ocean floor.

Finally, the tidal conditions of the area managed to spread the oil widely among the islands and shorelines of this area. It meant it was highly difficult to trap with booms, and that they seldom settled long enough for collection.

The residents of the area have not soon forgotten the impact that this event had on their beautiful home region. In fact, it is a key reason that British Columbia, to the south, doesn’t allow oil tankers close to the coast. As big an impact as it had, it is hope that an oil spill like this can lead to some lessons learnt, and an evolution in oil spill kits and absorbent mats, to improve their function in these extreme environments.

Erosion & Sediment Control Products by Ecospill

Erosion Sediment Control is necessary when undertaking any works where soil and vegetation is moved or disturbed. This is especially important in all construction sites, projects, road works and other similar tasks where sediment run-off can cause pollution or other risk of damage. The ability to manage water velocity and water turbidity is vital to stop erosion, and destruction of works or adjacent sites.

Ecospill is pleased to offer our range of Erosion Sediment Control products that help control run-off and help keep your site environmentally compliant. View our most popular products here or call us at any time on 1300 736 116 for immediate advice and friendly service. You can also quick download our catalogue here:

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A Spill Kit Scenario

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It’s just another day in the warehouse when all of a sudden a loud crash alerts you to danger. A drum has fallen, draining its contents onto the floor. In the fight to clean spills, absorbents are your best friend, which is why they are the main component of any good spill kit.

Absorbents, when laid down properly, minimize the area affected by a spill. No matter what has spilt, be it oil, petroleum, corrosive chemicals, or even bodily fluids, applying absorbents will be one of the first steps you take after assessing the situation. However, it is important you use the right type of absorbent on a spill. Laying down the wrong absorbent can cause more serious environmental or health hazards than the original spill.

Thankfully, absorbents have been created for various types of hazards and have easy-to-read labels and colours to help in determining the right one for the job. For example, oil and petroleum absorbents are outdoor-resilient and often white or brown; white is easy to see when it has reached full saturation and needs to be changed, while brown is for longer term and often serves as a preventative, while not being an eyesore.

For corrosive chemicals and hazardous liquids, it is extremely important to use the right absorbent. Many absorbents have strong chemicals themselves, so if mixed with the wrong type of chemical spill, they can cause unwanted heat reactions and lead to more serious issues.

There are, however, absorbents that are less toxic (thus more environmentally friendly) and created to be more applicable to a wider range of spills. Two great examples of this are the EcoSweep and ChemSorb absorbents. The EcoSweep is a natural, organic, bio-active absorbent that quickly absorbs fuel, oil, solvents, cooking oil, sewage and other messy liquid spills. ChemSorb is a chemical absorbent that is non-toxic and is less powdery than other absorbents, due to its density, allowing for fast and outstanding absorbency. To protect the natural environment and ourselves, we at Ecospill are ready to go to work.

A Spill Kit Scenario

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You don’t become Australia’s second busiest airport and one of the busiest import/export airports in the world without great service and high standards for safety. However, even at a world-class facility like Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport, accidents happen.

Just a few months ago, an acid leak in the freight section of the airport caused one person to come in contact with the chemical and eight total people were hospitalized. Local and airport firefighters moved in quickly, cleaning the leak with spill kits and moving the faulty containers to hazmat drums. Quick work and easy access to chemical spill kit supplies helped prevent the hydrofluoric acid from seriously hurting anyone else. Thankfully, all eight of the hospitalised were sent home and there were no major disruption in air traffic.

Hydrofluoric acid is used for serious cleaning applications and metal treatments and can cause serious burns to skin and airways. At its worst, it can lead to blindness and death. Thankfully this happened on land and not in the skies. A major crisis averted indeed! So hats off to firefighters for a job well done.

It’s examples like this that show the importance of having safety supplies on hand. Even at the most well established places, accidents happen. The proper placement and upkeep of safety equipment, like spill kits, can mean the difference between a major contamination and a small, controllable problem. If you are ever unsure about what equipment you need or where you should place them, contact a local professional that will assist you in having the maximum effectiveness in a crisis. No matter if the spill is big or small, the faster it is cleaned, the faster people and your business can feel safe again.