Crucial Factors When Choosing the Right Spill Kit

March 29, 2017   /   byArs Lexis  / Categories :  In Focus

An example of an oil spill The large-scale use of chemicals and oil or petroleum products in industries like manufacturing or processing also opens the risk to potential spills. These useful substances become hazardous when mixed with water or soil.

The discovery of the different uses of oil and certain chemicals has made it possible to achieve industrial feats that propelled progress. These substances are not without danger, though, as instances of oil and chemical spills have been known to wreak havoc on the environment. According to the Department of Water, aside from harming the environment, spills could also pose a serious threat to human health. If you own a business that helps contain these spills, you must know the importance of choosing the right spill kit.

So, what are the important factors to consider when obtaining spill kits?


Basically, a spill kit is a container holding different equipment and gears that are used to clean up hazardous spills like chemical and oil. There are three major types of spill kits: oil, general purpose and hazmat. The oil-only spill kit consists of white absorbents designed to collect hydrocarbons like gasoline and oil floating on water. General purpose spill kits contain grey absorbents designed to collect both hydrocarbons and water-based liquids. A hazmat spill kit, on the other hand, contains yellow absorbents which are designed to clean up solvents and highly corrosive acids.

Use the Right Spill Kit

One of the most important factors to consider when faced with a ‘spill emergency’ is determining which spill kit to use. Bear in mind that each of the three major spill kits described above is designed for use in specific instances. This means that you cannot use chemical spill kits on oil spills, or oil spill kits on chemical spills. While it is logical to sometimes go for the general purpose spill kits, they may not be as effective as the ones specifically designed for a particular spill.

Knowledge Is Power

A guide on environmental matters published in the Gladstone Regional Council website states that you must have training on how to use spill kits. This is essential, as it will help you choose which spill kit to use during an emergency.

Another important factor that you need to consider is the safety and well-being of the personnel handling these spill kits. This is why spill kits should contain not only tools for oil or chemical spill containment but also protective gear for your personnel. This protective gear should include appropriate gloves, safety goggles and masks. Disposable bags with ties should also be included in the kit since this will handle soiled and used absorbents.

The importance of spill kits cannot be overemphasised and should not be taken lightly, especially if you are in the business of cleaning up spills. It is not enough that you have different types of spill kits in your possession. Training your personnel to determine which spill kit to use and how to use it is of equal significance. This way, you can respond to any ‘spill emergency’ with greater efficacy.