Many businesses need to have and be trained on using a spill kit in the case of a chemical spill. Depending on the quantity and location of the spill – procedures for a chemical release may need to be followed (see Is It a Spill or Is It a Release?).
These are some basic guidelines for using a spill kit. Always know the location of and consult your Emergency Response Plan. Never attempt to clean up a very large spill or one of hazardous waste without the proper equipment or advanced training.
In case of a spill emergency, call IDEM’s 24-Hour Emergency Spill Line at (888) 233-7745.
Step 1: Protect Yourself!
Open the spill kit and put on the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) within including gloves, googles, and apron.
Step 2: Respond
Place absorbent pads or granular absorbent on the fluid or anywhere needed and allow them to soak up the fluid.
Protect drains and other sensitive areas by placing booms or snakes around them, and then place at the forward edge of the spill. Then place absorbent pads or granular absorbent on the spilled fluid.
Step 3: Clean-Up & Contact
Once absorbent materials are saturated and the spill has been complete absorbed, dispose of them in the garbage bags in your spill bag. Use a broom and dust pan to collect granular absorbent for disposal. Disposal of this waste may be governed by federal, state, and local regulations depending on the chemical spilled and amount.
Assure that the person at your business responsible for health and safety is aware of the accident. Contact emergency response for the relevant water utility and Marion County Public Health Department if there is danger to groundwater or surface water. (Important phone number list)
Step 4: Prepare for the Future
Replace the consumable equipment (PPE, absorbent materials, garbage bags) in the spill kit so you are prepared in the future.
If you are unsure how to use the spill kit your business has made or purchased, please contact us or the Marion County Public Health Department for guidance.