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Cleaning A Spill in 8 Steps

Plus you can download our spill response guide  and keep it next to your spill kit.

1. Be Prepared

  • Evaluate the types of materials and ensure they are clearly labelled
  • Minimise the volumes and ensure they are stored and handled correctly and the area is tidy
  • Ensure availability of Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Do you have the necessary spill response equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) a in the right places
  • Does everyone know what to do and have they practiced recently?

2. Be Safe

  • If it’s an emergency evacuate the area and call emergency services on 000
  • Identify the spill, what is it?
  • If necessary wear appropriate PPE

3. Stop the Source

  • Locate the source and stop it
  • Close valves or taps, rotate punctured drums and plug leaks

4. Protect the Stormwater

  •  Block stormwater drains using drain covers, shut-off valves, pipe bungs, etc.
  • Confine or divert the spill with spill berms, socks, sand bags or other suitable material

5. Notify

  • Tell your supervisor, site foreman or manager
  • If necessary alert your Regional Council
  • Alert regulatory bodies or emergency services as required

6. Clean Up

  • Where necessary neutralize hazardous substances
  • Use absorbents to clean up spilt liquids and place in a suitable container or bag
  • For large volume spills that are contained use a sucker truck
  • Clean up all residues without contaminating the stormwater system or soil

7. Dispose

  • Use a responsible waste disposal contractor
  • Remove contaminated material, absorbents, soil and PPE

8. Restock and Review

  • Immediately replace all used absorbents and PPE
  • Assess the cause and take necessary steps to prevent reoccurrence
  • Complete any necessary forms and communicate the lessons learned




Click here to download the Blackwoods Spill Response Guide.