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  • 13 April 2017
    Things that make you go Boom – Again!

    Many years ago I described an incident in Environews where a client was supplied with a spill kit that was labelled “Universal Spill Kit”. The Macquarie Dictionary definition states that universal means “extending over all (subjects or things) without exception”. In this case the subjects or things are spills. In this case a reasonable person would assume that a Universal Spill Kit was suitable for all spills. The spill kit was found to contain organic absorbent yet had been recommended by the supplier for a chemical which was both a Class 5 and 8 Dangerous Good. Had the client actually put organic absorbent on a spill of this chemical the resulting reaction would generate heat and liberate hydrogen resulting in […]

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  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in Spill Kits

    Absorb Environmental Solutions has supplied PPE for spill kits for 20 years. In addition, we include the need to use PPE during spill clean up in all our spill response training courses. However we do not provide PPE in our wheelie bin spill kits unless we know what liquids the kit is intended to deal with. The fundamental requirement is to ensure that the PPE available meets the requirements of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the specific liquid that has been spilt. The example we use during spill response training is Diesel.  When we check the SDS for Diesel we find that the recommended PPE for spill clean up is: Impervious Footwear – Gumboots or Tyvek Overboots. Impervious Overalls […]

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