Monthly Archives: February 2011

Spillage Control

 

Spill Clean-Up Plans

Develop a spill clean-up plan, and train staff regarding clean up procedures. The plan may be simple but accurate, indicating the role of staff members in the event of a spill and the location of clean up materials. 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 storm water pollution or hazardous situations.

Spill Clean-Up Procedures

For large scale hazardous spills, contact the Fire Brigade (999) immediately for assistance with clean-up operations.

For clean-up of minor spills contact us

Stop Spill

Stop the source of the spill immediately (if safe to do so), appropriate to the chemical type (refer to data sheet). This will reduce the level of contamination and impact on the environment.

Contain Spill

Control the flow and contain the spill appropriate to the chemical type (refer to DATA SHEET). Prevent the spill from entering the storm water system by isolating or blocking off drain inlets.

Clean Up the Spill

Clean up the spill promptly by following the relevant Data Sheets

Duty to Report

If a spill occurs where pollution causes or threatens material harm to the environment then you must notify the Appropriate Regulatory Authority (ARA)as soon as you can after you become aware of the incident. It is an offence under the Protection of the Environment Act 1997 not to report the spill in these circumstances.

Spill Clean Up Plans

Develop a spill clean-up plan, and train staff regarding clean up procedures. The plan may be simple but accurate, indicating the role of staff members in the event of a spill and the location of clean up materials.

Dry Cleaning: cleaning up spills without the use of water

Dry Cleaning is recommended to prevent spill flowing into storm water inlets. It involves using absorbent material such as absorbent granules, sand, saw dust or flour to mop up spills. There are numerous products available commercially which promote this absorbent cleaning method.

Waste Management Blog: The Growing Concern

Waste is a material which is carelessly thrown away as it is no longer considered useful and it has served its purpose. Waste is a matter that occupies space, produces smell, and has weight. But we must not forget the use of animal waste to produce Bio Gas, bagasse being used to make paper (a substitute for paper making from wood) or being fermented to produce alcohol for energy source (a substitute for Coal and Petroleum).

 

Many scientists believe that if we do not learn to use our resources carefully and reduce waste, we will not be able to survive. There is a close connection between waste, pollution and the damage to the environment which is cause of many serious diseases. Hence there is an urgent need for management of waste. According to wikipedia.com waste management is the collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal, and monitoring of waste materials. The term usually relates to materials produced by human activity, and is generally undertaken to reduce their effect on health, the environment or aesthetics. Waste if not properly disposed of can lead to very serious and long lasting implications. Solid wastes are dumped (open dumping) outside the village and city or burnt. In both the cases the result is pollution, scenic beauty of the place is lost, foul smell due to decomposition of biodegradable substances and degradation of soil quality due to non-biodegradable substances.

 

Biomedical waste the most hazardous waste due to presence of pathogens is thrown at outskirt of the city. E-waste (electronic parts like batteries, computer parts, and unused mobile phones), effluents of industries (with loads of poisonous chemicals and hot water) and poisonous gases from industries, automobiles exhausts, etc. are the major threats to mankind. One of the easiest ways to manage waste is 3-R system- Reduction, Reuse and Recycle. Prevention is better than cure. So we should reduce our use of resources, we can reuse the materials for several times and we can also recover the materials from old articles by recycling.

 

The major activities under waste management programme are: 1 Waste prevention 2 Waste segregation (biodegradable and non-biodegradable) 3 Recycling 4 Combustion 5 Sanitary landfill 6 Treatment of effluent before discharge 7 Treatment of gaseous waste from chimneys and furnaces from industries. The role of every individual in waste management is of great importance. It is because if every individual contributes substantially the effect will be visible not only at the community, city, state, national level but also at the global level.

 

Applications: 1 Using carry bags made of paper or cloth instead of polythene 2 Using eco-friendly products e.g. CNG in place of petrol and diesel 3 Using CFC free refrigerator 4 Saving electricity because electricity saved is electricity generated 5 Using rechargeable batteries to reduce metal waste generation 6 Planting more trees to reduce carbon dioxide in atmosphere 7 Having two bins for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. “Waste is misplaced wealth”. So we should not “Waste.” Reduce Reuse Recycle. Save the planet. Keep it clean.

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