Chemical Spills and How to Respond to It
There is hazardous materials we come in contact with everyday. A lot of tasks that we do from home cleaning to powering our cars use chemicals or hazardous materials. But if you do not exercise care, these useful things can be very dangerous than they need to be. Knowing how to handle the accidental release of chemicals can save lives. You should never take hazardous materials lightly because even if there is just a tiny release in the air, it can become a major issue.
If gas is released it is most dangerous because we cannot see it. You can save your life and the life of those around you if you have the right equipment and if you know what you should do. There has to be an immediate action when hazardous gas, no matter how little, is released in the atmosphere. Knowing the measures in dealing with accidental chemical releases can keep you at ease and enable you to act decisively at once.
If there is an offering in your company of a hazard communication program, then you should join in to prepare yourself. You can get all the information that you need so that you can understand the hazards of the chemicals you work with, chemical labeling and the material safety data sheet (MSDS). It is good to familiarize yourself with the ‘Spill Guidelines’ of your facility. It is good to have a copy of ‘Emergency Response Plan’ which you can ask from your supervisor.
All workers who are likely to witness a spill, leak or accidental release measure of a hazardous material should undergo the training on ‘First Response Awareness Level’. It is important for employees to know reporting procedures to initiate emergency response. The ‘First Responder Operations Level’ training is a training for the first group of workers who actually respond to spills. This training is for workers who are tasked to be the first on the scene so that they can secure and contain the issue.
The first responders are the ones who examine the situation and determine the next step to take. Evacuation and placing barriers around the spill can be done to prevent the spreading of the chemicals. Then they can put up signs or caution tapes so that workers will know that there was a spill, so they can stay away from danger.
The spill need to be contained. The materials that have been specifically determined to use for the type of hazard that has been released should be used.
Sandbags absorb hazardous substances and should never be used to stop spills.[post-views]