Whether you are a student, a worker, or a plain civilian who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, the chances of dealing with chemical spills is equally huge. Therefore, it is important to know the necessary steps to take and make when faced with such a situation.
What to Do During Chemical Spills
If you are not familiar with the different types of hazardous substances, chances are, it would be difficult for you to distinguish hazardous chemicals from one.
The first step is to quickly glance at the source of the spill. Containers of such substances usually have the hazard logo. Once the material is confirmed to be hazardous, do not attempt to clean the substance. Instead, call authorities and help people evacuate the area. Unplug electric cords or heated materials within the vicinity of the spill to prevent further damage.
If you have the knowledge of dealing with such chemical spills, swiftly but thoroughly check if the area is safe to work at. Then, reach for the nearest chemical spill kit (if there is any) before working.
Cleaning Up Chemical Spills
Protect yourself before attempting to clean the spill. Spill kits should be able to provide you with gloves, goggles, and a gown among others. Use the tools provided in the spill kit to clean or contain the spill in one area. If no one is knowledgeable in cleaning the spill, seeking help from professionals who know how to handle substances is the best option.
Do not attempt to clean spills that of a large quantity (i.e. spills due to chemical bunds leak). Be sure to protect yourself and the people by avoiding any contact with the substance (even inhaling it).
Spills are truly unfortunate, not to mention hazardous to human health. However, with the right materials and knowledge, accidents and further damage can be prevented.