The Most Common Types of Hazardous Spills

June 19th, 2019 by admin


The common types of hazardous spills include biological, chemical, and radiological. These materials can lead to diseases, illnesses, injury, damaged equipment, and more; so it is critical to immediately and properly dispose of any hazardous material that becomes exposed in an uncontrolled manner within your facilities. Spills can occur in just about any facility or environment, from labs and industrial plants to maintenance facilities and office buildings. Knowledge of the kind of spills there are and the proper response methods to use can significantly reduce the risks of accidents, injuries, damages, and overall harm that could result from exposure. It is always important to note that any spill that you are uncertain of, or don't have the adequate means to clean up, should not be cleaned up yourself. It is crucial at that moment to contact an administrator, an emergency response remediation service, or the authorities to assess and clean up the spill properly.

Chemical spills are defined as the unintentional release of a liquid, gas, or solid substance that is hazardous to human health and can occur in any environment. Often, if these spills are small with no injuries or damage, they can be contained and disposed of quickly by trained and authorized personnel and staff. It is essential to remove any nearby fire hazards. Alert those who are around and properly close off or quarantine the area if needed until a trained sanitation staff arrives to clean up the spill.

Biological Spills are classified as either infectious material that has been concocted in a controlled environment such as a laboratory or bodily fluids from a human or an animal such as blood, urine, or vomit. If there is a need to ever come in contact with a biological spill, it is vital to wear protective gear like gloves and a safety mask. If the spill is minor with no injuries and not located in a dangerous environment, trained staff should be contacted, and the area should be closed off until it is properly sterilized.

A radiological spill is simply the spread of radiation that is toxic and harmful to human health. These spills can range from minor to extreme depending on the radiation levels. If in a facility where radiation is handled in any capacity, staff should be trained on ways to respond to minor spills and exposure. If radiation is detected in any other environment, whether small or significant, it is critical to remove yourself and others from the area, and immediately contact an emergency response remediation service.

At Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc., we offer assistance in the cleanup and disposal of any hazardous materials. We provide waste identification, characterization, disposal, remediation, and waste transportation services. If you aren't sure how to respond to a spill, our 24/7 emergency response team is here to help.

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