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Things to keep in mind before buying spill kits

Oil spills are a common problem for many industries that deal with fluids, oils and chemicals. Listed below are a few things that you should keep in mind when choosing spill kits.

• You should make an assessment of the kind of liquid you are likely to be cleaning up. Find out if the liquids you use are hydrocarbon based or water based. Hydrocarbon only based spill kits contain absorbents that repel water and absorb the hydrocarbon based substance.

• Find out if you are dealing with hazardous substances. If you have a number of different substances, you should determine the worst case scenario. For instance if you have two non hazardous substances that could combine to make a hazardous one, you need to make sure that you’re aware of it.

• Plan the size of your spill kits and keep in mind largest possible spillage that could occur. If you are prone to particularly large leaks, consider using a large spill kit. These contain equipment such as coveralls, covered boots, goggles and duct tape.

• Determine if the spill is likely to occur in or out of water.

Spill kits are an absolute essential if you regularly deal with potentially harmful spillages in your workplace.

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