All chemical spillages have the potential to become major incidents

Speed in following the correct action can prevent a minor spill becoming an incident that might endanger personnel and/or the environment. When dealing with a spillage, always:

  • chemicalsAssess the situation
  • Raise the alarm by shouting loudly for help
  • Assess the risks to personal and the environment - evacuate if necessary
  • Apply the correct P.P.E to deal with the incident

Contain the spillage; and, if possible, stop the leak at its source.

For a small spillage

  • Use spill granules to absorb the spillage, try to absorb as much of chemical as possible
  • Sweep up into a suitable container for disposal

For a large spillage

  • Try to contain the spillage
  • Divert the spillage away from drains, watercourses, and public areas
  • If necessary, use spill granules to absorb the remainder of the spillage, try to absorb as much of chemical as possible
  • Sweep up into suitable containers for disposal
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