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From simple spills to more problematic leaks – our spill kits can deal with all manner of substances. So whether you need a body fluid spill kit, chemical spill kit, oil spill kit, or even spill kit signage, you’re in the right place. Make sure that your business can respond to spills effectively by providing your workplace with one of our suitable products.

An important part of any COSHH risk assessment is having an efficient emergency response plan. This will detail what should be done in the event of an accident involving hazardous substances. Dealing with incidents quickly will protect workers, premises and the wider environment from harm. Holding adequate stocks of spill response equipment is a must. At Seton, all of our spill kits comply with current legislation for removing and cleaning away dangerous liquids. For more information on spill containment kits, where to use them and the need for specialist solutions, check out our helpful guide and FAQs.

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Spill Containment Kits for All Locations

Being ready for an accident or emergency will be a major part of your COSHH risk assessment. Identifying potential hazards in your workplace will give you a good understanding of what type of substances might need to be cleared up and whether spills or leaks are likely to be small or large scale. Using this information, you can decide what type and how much spill control material you need. When performing a risk assessment, you should always refer to the HSE’s regulations and guidance on Emergency Response and Spill Control.

Using a spill kit relevant to your site will ensure you have sufficient stock of the correct items. Our spill containment kits come in all sizes and configurations, suitable for emergency situations and routine maintenance. We also stock spill kits for laboratories and spill kits for schools. Our Spill Kit Granules for example, are multi-purpose and can be used for a wide variety of spills.
For immediate response at storage or workstation locations, our emergency spill kits can be used. Our disposable spill kits are available for most liquids and include absorbent materials, personal protective equipment, (PPE) disposal bags and instructions.

Larger kits are also available for bigger spills or where the risk is greater. A mobile trolley spill kit can be held in a central location or cleaner’s cupboard and easily transported as required. Featuring internal shelves to keep supplies organised, a kit of this type will help towards a much efficient clean up.

Specialised Spill Response Kits and Equipment

Spill kits for vehicles

Vehicles carrying hazardous substances should always carry spill control equipment with them. Several kits are available for that specific purpose, including the ADR vehicle spill kit. Offering everything you’ll need when out and about, the kit can be packed away into a handy bag that fits under or behind the driver’s seat. This spill kit bag is packaged in a durable, transparent bag, allowing for easy recognition of the products and tools in the kit, while also preventing any moisture from creeping into the kit and limiting the absorbent’s abilities.
These kits also come in three different categories:

  • Chemical

  • Maintenance/Universal

  • Oil-Only

This ensures that you can always be prepared for a spill.

Mini spill kits

Sometimes a smaller spill kit is all you need – the Mini Disposable Spill Kit is an economic and efficient way to absorb small amounts of chemicals, dangerous liquids, water-based fluids and oil-based fluids. The mini spill kit is entirely disposable and includes a disposable brush to sweep up broken glass or other debris and therefore minimise the risk of injury. This small kit has a 1.7 litre absorption capacity and it can be easily mounted to a wall. When the kit is mounted to a wall, it can be easily recognised in the event of a workplace spill.

Mobile spill kits

Seton offers a number of mobile spill kits so that you can quickly handle spills in your workplace, no matter the size.
The largest of the mobile spill kits is the Spill Truck. This truck is wheeled to ensure an efficient response to workplace spills and the hard-plastic container ensures that moisture is kept out of the spill absorbents – this means that the absorbents will be more effective against spills. The spill kits contents are also lightweight to promote speed when moving the truck.
If you are looking for something more chic which can provide a fast response to any medium-sized spills, then the Mobile Trolley Spill Kit is perfect for your workplace. This compact trolley is fully stocked with everything you need for oil-only spills in its internal shelves and compartments. This trolley is also weather-resistant and will keep out moisture and dirt away from the spill socks, pillows and rolls stored inside.

However, if your workplace only requires a small, mobile kit, or perhaps a series of small kits, then the Economy Wheeled Spill Kit is an ideal option. These smaller bins have easy-to-use wheels so that they can be quickly taken to where they are needed most. They are also ideal for using in work sites, workshops, warehouses or factories. Each of these spill kit bins has an 80 litre absorbency capacity and is packed with everything you need along with necessary safety equipment such as goggles, gloves and barrier tape.

Spill Containment: Buying Guide

Creating an Emergency Plan

The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 2015 deal with emergencies such as spills and leaks in larger locations and lay out clear guidelines on how to create an emergency response plan. Although most businesses aren’t large enough to worry about complying with COMAH, it is always a good idea to know what must be done and who should do it if an incident occurs. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 state that anyone working with dangerous materials should include emergency planning as part of their risk assessment and ongoing monitoring.

  • Any emergency response plan should be simple and achievable, take into account any foreseeable occurrences and outline the following:

  • Spill Containment and control – Leaks and spills must be dealt with quickly and appropriately. Ensure spill response equipment is readily available and well stocked.

  • Protection Provision – Any kind of accident has potential repercussions for staff and the environment. The correct personal protection equipment (PPE) and items such as berms and drain covers which prevent leaked materials from entering the drainage system, must be used when required.

  • COSHH Training – Staff must be trained on how to deal with incidents and what the potential hazards are for each material used. They must also know when to deal with a problem and when it would be more appropriate to call the emergency services.

  • Evacuation Procedures – If all or part of your premises must be emptied of people, simple guidelines on how this should happen and clear signage need to be in place.

  • Waste Disposal – When leaks and spills have been contained and controlled it is imperative they are disposed of in the correct manner, using suitable waste management equipment.

Once you have a plan in place it should be monitored and practiced regularly to ensure it remains compatible with your business processes.

Spill Control FAQs

What is Spill Control?

Spill control involves several areas. Assessing the risk of spill, containing it when it happens, cleaning the spillage and then preventing it in the future.
As the risk of spill increases in the workplace, it is of the utmost importance that you take every precaution to monitor and address the issues in question in order to maintain the safety of your staff and visitors to keep them safe from COSHH substances. COSHH is an acronym which stands for ‘control of substances hazardous to health’. The main function of all COSHH regulations is to keep staff and visitors safe, while promoting workplace efficiency.

  • Address the spillage types you will face

  • Consider how much spill storage you need

  • Provide adequate spill control

  • Ensure employees know how to use all of your spill kits and other control measures

  • Sit back, relax and know you are prepared for any spillages

While there are multiple ways to prevent spillages and as such, reduce the risk of accidents, it is important that adequate measures are implemented. As a starting point, addressing the type of spill that you may encounter is necessary. In order to maintain a safe environment, you must have the right spill control techniques to ensure that you are dealing with any eventualities in an efficient manner.
Given the various different spills that can occur in a workplace environment, having the necessary equipment to deal with them is crucial. To make it simple, we are going to split the categories out, give an overview and help you to make the right decision as to what you need within your business.
In order to select the spill control solution that is right for you, you must first identify what spills you are going to deal with. Are they likely to be oil-based, chemical-based, or a mix of different liquids? All spills can cause a potential risk to health and safety and should be addressed with immediate effect, so knowing which measures you require is paramount to an effective health and safety plan. As with all of our kits, it is the responsibility of whoever comes into contact with the spill first to ensure that is cleaned and taken care of in a timely manner.

Chemical - In order to avoid contaminations or exposure to staff and visitors. Adhering to the guidelines for clearing away a chemical spill is important, and our spill response equipment shows you how to do this. These kits are suitable for acid, solvents and more aggressive based liquids.

Maintenance - For a generic all-around kit that can accommodate both oil, petrol and water-based spills, the maintenance kit is perfect. Instead of having to accommodate spill effects with various different kits, you can facilitate the cleaning of spillages by having just one. The issue you face with a maintenance kit is that you are unable to clean chemicals and as such must carry a specialist spill kit for that purpose.

Oil - Oil spills can be fatal, and as such, it is important to have oil spill kits in place in order to accommodate for such accidents. An oil spill kit can be the difference-maker that takes an oil spill from just that, to a catastrophe. They can be used in numerous environments, inclusive of mechanical applications. Many absorbent materials are water-repellent, meaning when used they will only soak up oil even if there is water present.

While having the correct spill kits in place is vital, it is also important to have the correct PPE available to allow you to handle the spill safely. So given that we now have an understanding of what kit can be used for what application, let’s address some of the most common questions that arise when we are talking about spill control.
One of the most common questions we get asked at Seton is what Spill Control actually is, and while it might sound obvious because of the namesake, there are so many different kits, berms and absorbent materials that it can become confusing. Spill control is the precautions, preventative and reactive measures that you can use to ensure the safe control of liquid and more specifically, spillages, within your business.

Does my business need a spill kit?

If you use any form of liquid in your business it’s a good idea to have spill control measures in place, otherwise you are at risk of accidents that could otherwise have been prevented. If you do not address the risk and need for spill control, you could be breaking UK legislation laws, but more importantly, you could be putting your staff and visitors at risk of severe injury.
Choosing the right spill kit for your business will depend greatly on several different factors. Things to consider when choosing the correct spill control could include;

  • The environment you are using the spill control techniques on. Some materials may be more suited to some environments

  • The type of spill you are trying to control. Is it oil, chemical, hazardous material or a mixture of all of the aforementioned?

What kind of spill kits do I need?

When reviewing spill kits, it is important to keep in mind the kinds of spills that your workplace could experience. The different spills, including Chemical, Oil-Only and Maintenance, all require a different response, different products and different disposal. If your work site stores chemicals, it is important to also be aware of the HSE’s best practices for chemical warehousing.

How to control an oil spill?

Oil spills can be challenging to handle if you don’t have the necessary equipment to do so. At Seton we stock a variety of oil spill kits that will also resist water, making them perfect for applications where multiple liquids could be found, as well as for being used on both land and water. These kits are effective at cleaning up hydrocarbons because they are able to ‘float’ on water, making the cleaning up of oils much smoother, and much more effective.

How to control a chemical spill?

As with oil spills, a chemical spill can be a little bit delicate when it comes to the removal of the spill and cleaning the environment to prevent any fatal injuries. Chemical spill control gives you the facility to remove chemicals and spills from wherever they have been spilt, confine them effectively and thus prevent them from spreading further than they have already.

How many spill kits do I need?

This is an important question which you can determine through your workplace risk assessment. To plan and conduct an appropriate risk assessment, you can refer to the HSE’s guidance on spill management and control. It is not enough to stock your workplace or truck fleet with spill kits. You also need to educate all of your workers about how to use, store and dispose of spill kits properly. If your workers know the PPE they need to wear, the spill kit they need to use, and the proper use and disposal of absorbents, your workplace will be a much safer, well prepared place.

Will I need extra spill control supplies?

When working with harmful liquids, spill containment equipment must always be present on your site. It is therefore a good idea to have an additional standby kit or hold some extra stocks of absorbent materials so they can be instantly replaced. Kits will always include PPE, but again it is advisable to have extra supplies of items, such as gloves, so they can be replaced as required. Where your risk assessment has deemed there to be a chance of a larger incident, chemical resistant clothing is a must. It may not seem important, but when a spill happens, it is of the utmost importance that everyone cleaning the spill has immediate access to the requisite PPE.

How do I maintain my spill kit?

When using reusable kits, it is important to keep a careful inventory of the products that have been used, and which have not yet been replaced. In addition to replacing used materials, it is also important to make sure that your spill kits are protected from the elements and are placed in easy-to-access, visible places.

What else will I need to deal with accidental leaks?

As well as holding sufficient stocks of spill control apparatus as outlined above, you will also want to be prepared by having a good supply of personal protective equipment. Keeping separate cleaning equipment such as mops and buckets is a good idea to prevent cross-contamination and floor stands will alert staff to slip and trip hazards. Because of the potential for injury when accidents occur, you should always have a fully-stocked first aid kit on site.

What other accidental hazards should I be aware of?

As well as liquid spills, large build-ups of any residual items can become a problem. Use industrial vacuum cleaners to deal with dust deposits and ensure all areas are well ventilated to prevent gas vapours from collecting and potentially forming hazardous compounds.
100’s of actionable Chemical and COSHH Safety tips to help you and your business stay within the law. Read them here in our What is COSHH and How to do a COSHH Assessment guides.

What’s next? What COSHH store do I need?

When you have analysed which spill control methods you are going to require, the next part is to consider the spill control items you are going to need. You can do this by analysing the number of drums or barrels you have, and finding a system that has an adequate sump capacity to assist with any future spillages.

With the range including drip trays that hold 6 Litres for small containers, up to the much larger IBC containers that can hold 1100 litres of liquids. As we’ve established previously, having the necessary COSHH control measures in place to coincide with the corresponding COSHH regulations is important. COSHH information should be placed throughout the business, especially in areas that are at risk of spills, for example areas where a lot of substances are stored. Some of the signage that you could find useful can be found below.

Not only are spill kits and absorbent materials important for your business, if you have a larger amount of oils, fuels, water or chemical storage you will also need drip trays to accommodate the risk of a spill of such magnitude. Sump Pallets are crucial for use with drums, containers and large scale liquid storage. The versatility of spill containment is large, with solutions for all environments, inclusive of material and size choices.

Not only is it important to have the necessary spill control, but it is also crucial to have the correct COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) cabinets, equipment and signage in place in order to facilitate the best possible health and safety measurements.
Controlling hazardous substances is paramount to ensuring the optimal safety of all within your business, both permanent and those visiting. This can involve utilising COSHH Cabinets & Cupboards as well as Drum Pallets & Trays and Spill Kit Signage for instance. While all centred around hazardous substances, each item plays its part in a safe environment and abiding by COSHH regulations.

Dependent on the amount of drums you have in your business will depend on what storage and spill solutions you will need. You have to be able to accommodate for the amount of liquid you carry, so here are some options to consider.
While there isn’t a ‘one solution fixes all’ for controlling spills of hazardous substances, there are a lot of ways that accident prevention can be implemented, and thus reduce the danger of injury in the workplace.