ACCIDENTS happen – How we respond to them, aka “damage control” is critically important to limiting damage, returning quickly back to our task, and keeping expenses in check. CONCERNING OIL spills, sadly, tens of millions of gallons of oil enter our oceans every year, but interestingly a mere 8 percent is due to tanker or pipeline spills.
EPA sees the small oil problem as a death by a thousand cuts. OVER 80% of all oil spills could be prevented, and unfortunately, it tends to happen to folks usually ill-equipped and/or under trained to handle the spill. Here are 6 tips to reduce the environmental damage caused by spills.
a) Oil spills spread a 100 times faster in wet weather. Keep a specialty spill control kit for work in wet conditions.
b) Employees should know in advance which spill situations they can safely contain and which spills are unsafe to handle.
c) Train employees to use proper spill prevention practices when working with oil sources.
d) PPE (personal protective equipment) should be readily available to ensure safe handling of materials.
e) Have a visible worksite map that identifies the location of oil and fuel sources (storage, etc.).
f) Provide workers with product recommendations (spill pads, rugs, booms, etc.), storage instructions and supervision.
Calmness is an important component to efficiency. Time is valuable. Containment procedures to keep it from spreading until help arrives goes along way. Plug the source of the leak IF it is safe and possible (the obvious isn’t always obvious). If none of the above is immediately possible, damage control is imperative by identifying high-risk areas (think storm drains, waterways, and soil). Happy cleaning!