Waste Management Total Solutions can help provide your staff with specific procedures and training on how to deal with spills of many hazardous materials that you may store on your premises.
Part of this process should include instructions
- on what to do in the event of a spill
- adequate training to apply absorbents
- the type of personal protection equipment required
- and how to correctly dispose of contaminated clean-up materials
Almost any solid, liquid or gaseous substance entering surface waters or groundwater could be a pollutant. This includes chemicals, salt, wash waters, waste products, trade effluents, and fuels. Rainwater that runs across your site can also be classed as a pollutant if substances from your site contaminate it.
Almost all substances used and disposed of by businesses are unsuitable for discharge to surface waters or groundwater without prior treatment and consent. Even hot water can be classified as a pollutant.
This guideline applies to you if:-
- you discharge or have the potential to discharge anything into surface water or groundwater
- Substances from your site enter surface waters or groundwater accidentally, for example by spillage or run-off.
Accidental releases of oils and or chemicals make up a large number of pollution incidents within the rail industry and do occur each year.
Many spillages can be prevented. It is important that everyone on depot or site knows how to control and contain a spill to minimize its impact.
- Spills spread very quickly and lead to environmental harm.
- Fines and clean-up costs can be expensive.
- Avoid negative publicity for the company and your clients.
If Spill Occurs
- Stop work immediately
- If spillage is flammable, extinguish all possible ignitions
- Identify the source of pollution
- Contain the spillage, use absorbents to stop it spreading and booms to contain spill that might have entered a watercourse.
- Contact depot/line manager.
- Put on appropriate PPE.
- Protect sensitive areas, watercourse or surface water drains, SSSI etc.
- Clean up spill.
- Dispose of contaminated materials; ensure hazardous waste considerations are given.
- Notify your depot/line manager of the actions you have taken.