Provisions and Procedures
in dealing with Spillage
Item # 1 Call your Supervisor
The following provisions are included in the procedures and plans:
Spill response and prevention controls clearly state measures to stop the source of
a spill, contain the spill, clean up the spill, dispose of contaminated materials and
train personnel to prevent and control future spills. Ensure that you know the
Spill prevention plans are most applicable to the whole site including construction
areas where hazardous materials and wastes are stored or used.
The preliminary steps to prevent spills include
• Identifying potential spill source areas such as loading and unloading,
storage, and processing areas; places that generate dust or particulates
and areas designated for waste disposal and
• Evaluating stationary facilities that include manufacturing/processing
areas, workshops, wash bays, warehouses, storage yards, fuel farms,
parking areas and access roads.
Employees must be trained in spill control response procedures, post-spill
response and know the emergency numbers.
Spill containment and cleanup kits should be located at spill- prone areas. The
contents of the kit should be appropriate to the type and quantities of chemical or
goods stored at the area.
Spill kits must be inspected and maintained in all activity areas
Refuel equipment in a designated area to minimize contamination. Pay attention
to location so that spills would not enter drainage systems (dry rivers and
tributaries) or storm water. Consider barriers (bunds, concrete floors, berms etc)
or other containment systems.
Most of all, address the root cause of the spill-causing problem (e.g. replacing
faulty valve, modification of equipment etc) rather than the symptoms (repairing
faulty valve and using wrongly designed equipment).