Spill Kits – An Overview

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What is a Spill Kit?

We always say there are two types: a spill kit and a good spill kit!

A spill kit is designed to give the user the ability to contain and clean-up a hazardous substance spill.  A good spill kit will do that but will also give the user the confidence that the contents are applicable for the substances in question (i.e. won’t react) and will work rapidly when put into action. The contents of a ‘good spill kit’ will always be action-ready because they won’t break down or go off when stored over time.

What do Spill Kits contain?

Again, depending on the quality of the kit, the contents will vary.

Inside a ‘good spill kit’ you will typically find the following:

  • Sorbent Pads: for absorbing liquids on flat surfaces
  • Sorbent Socks: for surrounding the spill and preventing it from spreading further
  • Sorbent Pillows: for plugging openings or placing under or around machinery
  • Loose Absorbent: for absorbing liquids on rough surfaces (including a brush and pan!)
  • A select range of PPE: to protect the user during the response process
  • Hazardous waste bags: to hold contaminated absorbents and PPE
  • Clear and concise, step-by-step instructions for use

Bigger spill kits may also include drain protectors, leak putty, brooms, shovels, specific types of respirators, hard hats or safety footwear.

Are there different types of Spill Kits?

Yes, there are both different types and different sizes of spill kits. This is due to the variety of different liquids, the amount stored in each situation, and the level of risk for that particular area or location.

In the following breakdown we go over the different sizes of Controlco spill kits that are available. Within each of these, there are different types depending on the liquids involved. You can find out about these different types in a separate article here.

Vehicle Spill Kits

Vehicle Spill Kits are specifically designed for smaller vehicles. Made from chemical resistant PVC, they are tube-shaped and measure 600mm long, and 250mm in diameter. They fit easily behind a seat, or inside a tool compartment.

Workshop Spill Kits

Workshop Spill Kits are packed into a heavy duty, waterproof 20L pail. They are perfect for placing in multiple locations around a factory, workshop, or manufacturing facility, to handle those smaller everyday spills.

Static Spill Kits

Targeting the mid-ranged spill incidents, Static Spill Kits are in a tough, rectangular tub, with a snap-style lid. They have a larger payload of absorbents and will typically handle spills up to 50 litres in size.

Mobile Spill Kits

A Mobile Spill Kit is ideal for worksites where potential hazards may be some distance apart. These are available in 100L or 200L sizes and are designed to be quickly brought close to the action area.

Specialty Spill Kits

Beyond the traditional kits, the following spill kits are also available from the Controlco range:

 Which Spill Kit do I need?

Making the correct choice of kit specific to your situation, is a very important decision. The difference between getting this right or wrong, can be the difference between whether a spill response is effective, and whether responders are kept safe during the process.

Please see our dedicated resource sheet that takes you through this in more detail here.

Creating safer working environments

At Hazero our mission is zero hazards. Our extensive range of quality products will help you store, contain and control and clean-up dangerous goods and hazardous substances.

View our full range of Controlco Spill Kits here.

Need help creating a safer working environment? Contact our team today on 0800 688 844 or email us at info@hazero.co.nz. Our team are also available for on-site assessments across New Zealand, click here to request a site visit.

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