Most importantly, we can’t understate the urgency of cleaning up a workplace spill immediately. The best spill scenario to deal with is the nonexistent one. However, machines can leak and humans are, well, just human. Make sure to take care of that spill!
Practicing prevention and being prepared for the inevitable spill is key. Make sure you have supplies on hand to be able to take care of a large spill.
Cleaning up spills fast lessens the damage and the accidents that can take place. Whether it is just water or a dangerous chemical, an unattended spill can result in serious harm from a slip. Slip and fall accidents cost US businesses billions of dollars annually. Of even more concern, some cases leave workers seriously hurt or worse.
Communication is of utmost importance; the better the spill is flagged the less likely an accident will happen. Right away set up a caution sign if it’s a large spill. Ask for help if needed.
The objective is to contain the spill and stop the spill from growing. The size and type of liquid spilled will determine what is used to absorb the spill. Selecting the right equipment to take care of a spill is crucial to a successful outcome. If the spill is large and growing you may consider using a containment barrier or berm. If the spill is smaller placing absorbent material around the spill may work too.
Once contained, a rag with high cotton content works best to soak up spills. A recycled terry towel, bar towel or a microfiber cloth are great absorbers for that clean up job. Place all of the used rags into a trash bag if there are a lot. The rags can then be disposed of or possibly washed depending on the spill. There are certain guidelines and laws for disposing of hazardous waste, so be sure to take that into consideration too.