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What are the types of spill kits?

General Maintenance/Purpose Spill Kits
These are ideal for use around machinery, leaky pipes or messy traffic areas and is for general upkeep only. They are suitable for water or oil-based liquids such as:

  • Coolants
  • Solvents
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Paint

Oil Only Spill Kits
These are designed to clean up oil or fuel spills. They also are suitable for any water-repelling fluids including:

  • Hydraulic oil
  • Motor oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Cooking oil
  • Turpentine
  • Lubricants

Chemical Spill Kits
These contain surfactant-treated polypropylene absorbents which are chemically inert or neutral so will not cause any chemical reactions when used. They can be used for:

  • Acids and bases
  • Critic acid
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Aggressive chemicals

What is typically in a spill kit?

Generally, spill kit contents should include suitable absorbent pads, waste bags and loose absorbents for the hazardous liquids stored on site. However, the size of the spill kits and type of absorbents depends on the variety of liquids on site. Different types of spill clean-up equipment are needed for different hazardous liquids. For more information refer to the Australian Standards AS1940:2017 section 9.4 on the full detail of spill response kit contents required for your application.

To make it easier for you, we stock a large range of spill kits to suit various needs – for general maintenance, chemical spills, oil-based fluids or fuel. For convenient spill control equipment, explore our range of Brady Mobile Spill Kits which comes in a wheelie bin for you to bring absorbents to the spill location. 

What are spill kits used for and why is it important?

Spill kits are used to clean up the spill of any liquids. In emergency situations where a hazardous liquid has spilt, compatible absorbents (such as sorbent pads, loose absorbent powder) are required to prevent pollution and contamination of the environment, and to keep the workplace safe.

Why is Spill Control Important?

A spill control procedure ensures safe handling of potentially hazardous liquids in the event of a spill or leak. This is in accordance with Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 which states a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must ensure where a risk of a hazardous chemical spill exists, a spill containment system (such as a spill kit) should be available.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) enforces risk minimisation by spill management. The occupier must ensure that provision is made for spill containment that will, as far as practicable, contain the spill within the occupier’s facility or current location of the hazardous spill. Heavy penalties are imposed upon failure to meet these requirements.

What are the steps for cleaning up a spill?

  • Assess the risk - Evaluate the liquid spilled and identify the source. If you are unfamiliar with the liquid and its chemical properties, vacate the area and contact proper authorities.
  • Wear appropriate PPE for the situation – Always assume the worst and wear suitable protective gear before cleaning up.
  • Contain the spill and seal drains.
  • Stop the source – Close valves, rotate punctured drums and plug leaks if possible and safe to do so.
  • Begin spill cleanup – Use compatible Brady absorbents to clean up the spill. Refer to the Absorbents Application Guide to ensure the right absorbents are used.
  • Contact authorities – Report the spill to proper legal authorities in your community and fill out reports if necessary.
  • Safely dispose of used material – Absorbent materials take on the characteristics of whatever they absorb. Ensure used absorbents and spilled liquids are disposed of in accordance with local laws.
  • Decontaminate – Clean all tools and reusable materials.
  • Restock materials – Refill spill response kits with absorbents and safety gear to prepare for any future spills
  • Review and improve spill response plans and procedures