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					                                                                Development and Environmental Services Group

             City Council                                          SPILL CLEAN-UP PROCEDURES
                                                                   Adopted from Warringah Council Environmental Information.




Accidental spills are often a common occurrence within an industrial workplace. If not controlled, spills and
leaks can pose a serious threat to the environment and safety of personnel as they often lead to stormwater
pollution or hazardous situations. Workcover Authority requires that spill kits are provided for clean-up of
small scale spills.
For large scale hazardous spills contact the NSW Fire Brigade (000) immediately for assistance with clean
up operations.
For clean-up of small scale spills, consult the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the chemicals involved
in the spill. These data sheets provide relevant information for specific liquid types and are available from
chemical manufacturers and suppliers. The MSDS gives advice on handling, storage and clean-up
procedures for liquid chemicals. Your workplace should keep copies of the MSDS for each product that is
used.
General Procedures:
•     Stop Spill
      Stop the source of the spill, if safe to do so, immediately, appropriate to the chemicals
      involved. This will reduce the level of possible contamination
      to the environment.
•     Contain Spill
      Control the flow of the spill and contain the spill appropriate
      to the type of liquid involved (Refer to the Material Safety
      Data Sheet). Prevent the spill from entering any stormwater
      drains, by isolating drain inlets.
•     Clean Up Spill
      Clean up the spill by referring to the Material Safety Data Sheets for the type of chemical involved.
      Cleaning up a spill promptly will help to protect the local environment.

                           IMPORTANT                        QUICKLY
                     IT IS IMPORTANT TO CLEAN UP ALL SPILLS QUICKLY,
                                                                EASILY FLOW
             EVEN SMALL ONES, SUCH AS OIL SPILLS, AS THESE CAN EASILY FLOW
                       STORMWA                  WASHED         BY
                 INTO STORMWATER DRAINS OR BE WASHED THERE BY RAIN.
Spill Clean-Up Plans
It is advisable that your workplace develops a spill clean-up plan, so that staff can be trained about clean-up
procedures. Such a plan could be a simple one that indicates what certain staff members should do in the
event of a spill.
In order for clean-up efforts to proceed successfully, it is a good idea to store clean-up material, for example
brooms, mops and absorbent material, in an accessible location within the workplace. This information
should also be included in your spill clean-up plan.
Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is the term used to describe the process of cleaning up spills without the use of water. It
involves using absorbent material such as rags, sawdust and absorbent granules to mop-up spills. There
are numerous products available commercially which promote this absorbent cleaning method.

For further information regarding clean-up procedures, refer to the “Environmental Management
Handbook for Small Industry”, by the Australian Industry Group (AIG).
For a copy of the handbook contact AIG on 9466 5566. (www.AIGroup.asn.au)
253/104/02
                                                            Development and Environmental Services Group

       City Council                      ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTORY FOR INDUSTRY




ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ADVICE
If you require advice regarding a range of environmental management issues
contact the following organisations:


Shoalhaven City Council
General Environmental Advice........................................................... 4429 3111
Pollution Incidents (24hours) ............................................................. 4429 3111
Trade Waste Advice........................................................................... 4429 3111
website ....................................................................www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au


Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
General Environmental Advice........................................................... 4226 8100
Pollution-Information Line (24 hours)..................................................... 131 555
website ................................................................................ www.epa.nsw.gov.au


Worksafe Australia
General Enquiries ......................................................................... 1800 252 226
website ................................................................................... www.nohsc.gov.au


WorkCover Authority
Occupation Health & Safety
Storage & Handling of Chemicals (material Safety Data Sheets)...... 4472 5544
Rehabilitation & Injury Management....................................................... 131 050
website ..................................................................... www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

				
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