Some of the more frequently asked questions about spill kits and absorbent products are answered below. If you need any further help or advice please do not hesitate to contact us.
Do I need a spill kit?
According to the pollution prevention guidelines published by the Environment Agency if you operate as a business you are required to prevent or limit the environmental damage you cause.
You need to prepare a pollution response plan, part of this plan will invariably include having the necessary equipment and materials on site to deal with a spill. So effectively yes, if you have any liquids on site that could cause environmental damage you will need a spill kit.
Which spill kit do I need?
The key question here is which material is stored on your site that may cause a spill? There are 3 categories of absorbents which cover almost all possible spills; oil only, chemical and maintenance…
Maintenance (grey coloured products) – these absorbs both oil and water based liquids. These are not recommended for hazardous chemicals (see below).
Chemical (yellow coloured products) – these absorb almost all liquids (oil and water based) including aggressive chemicals. If you want a kit that covers the widest range of possible liquids or you may be required to clean up a spill of an unknown liquid this is the product type you require.
Oil only (white coloured products) – these absorb oil based liquids and repel water. This category of products includes a range that float on water facilitating the absorption of oil spills from a body of water. If you are looking to protect against any kind of oil or fuel spills this is product type to choose.
How many spill kits do I need?
You should have enough kits in the locations that present a spill risk that are at least capable of containing a spill. The size of these are discussed below
What capacity kit do I need?
A business will usually have a range of container sizes on site so you should be equipped to deal with spills across that range of sizes. That means spills ranging from less than a litre right up to a worst case failure of one of your largest containers.
For the smallest spills where you just need to clean up a few litres or less we would not actually recommend a kit, keeping some pads or a roll on site is the most cost effective way for you to deal with small spills.
For slightly larger spills our smaller kit sizes of 15l, 30l and 50l are suitable. Having the ability to clean up these spills without using your largest kit ensures that in the worst case scenario you always have your largest kit intact.
As to what size to choose for your largest kit, some will recommend you need a spill kit to match the capacity of your largest container. That is very much a belt and braces approach and we won’t dispute its merits. As an effective alternative you could have a kit located next to the container(s) you are protecting capable of containing the potential spill with additional absorbents stored onsite for the clean-up. Our range of pads are a very cost effective absorbent if you opt for this method.
Spill kit colour guide
There are universal industry colour standards for spill kits which remain constant to help users identify which type they need when in each emergency situation.
Yellow: Chemical absorbents, White: Oil and Fuel absorbents & Grey: Maintenance for general spills.
Spillages should be contained and cleaned up as quickly and safely as possible but it is important that the user has the correct materials at hand.
We supply spill absorbent materials in three types for absorbing three different types of spills:
- Oil and Fuel absorbents
- Chemical absorbents
- Maintenance absorbents
Our kits include different absorbents products such as pads, rolls, socks and pillows. Spillage kits should be kept anywhere where significant quantities of hazardous liquids are used such as in warehouses, factories, tankers, oil and fuel storage and on farms.
There are multiple products which we supply that can be deployed in a spill situation.