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First Response to Chemical Spills

Hazardous materials are all over and we come in contact with them each day. A lot of tasks that we do from home cleaning to powering our cars use chemicals or hazardous materials. Care must be exercised when handling chemicals, otherwise they can harm us and those around us. If you know what measures to take in the accidental spill of chemicals, then you can save your own life and the life of others. The tiniest chemical released in the air or spilled on the floor, can become a major issues, so do not take this issue lightly.

Harmful gas released in the air can be most dangerous because it is unseen. If you have the right equipment and have the knowledge of what to do in case of an accidental release, then you can save your life and that of others too. There has to be an immediate action when hazardous gas, no matter how little, is released in the atmosphere. You need not experience panic in cases like this, if you know the measure to take when it happens and you are able to act quickly to confine it.

If there is an offering in your company of a hazard communication program, then you should join in to prepare yourself. In this program you will be learning about chemicals and how dangerous they are, chemical labeling and MSDS or materials safety data sheet. Your facility should also have a ‘Spill Guidelines’ which you should be familiar with. 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’. The employees must be trained on reporting procedures to use to initiate emergency response. The “First Responder Operations Level’ is a training for the first group of workers who actually respond to spills. This training for the first people on the scene is to enable them to secure and contain the issues.

An operations level first responder will go to the scene and review it so as to determine the next best step, when a hazardous spill occurs. The decision could be to evacuate the place, set barriers around the spill so that spreading of the contamination will be prevented. To prevent other workers from the danger, signs and caution tapes can be set up so that it will be known to all that there was a chemical spill.

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.