All Workplace employees having a role in managing or maintaining oil containing devices must be able to initiate an appropriate oil spill response.
Oil Spill Response:
1-Assess the severity of the situation
- Determine if the situation is immediately hazardous to your well-being, evacuate if in danger.
- For large spills that can reach a drain or catch basin, immediately call the Operations Center.
- If situation allows, quickly cover/block the floor drain/ catch basin with a drain cover, boom, speedy dry, etc.
2-Contain Small Incidental Spills
- Contain spill without endangering self or others.
- Block storm drains and floor drains/openings to prevent spilled material from reaching the environment
- Ensure the area is properly ventilated
3-Small Spill Clean Up
- Wear the Proper Protective Equipment (safety goggles, oil resistant gloves, etc)
- Use absorbent materials to clean spill (pads, speedy dry, etc)
4-Manage the Contaminated Waste Appropriately
- Store contaminated materials/waste from the clean-up in appropriate covered buckets or drum with a secured lid
- Affix a Harvard Hazardous Waste label on the container (except cooking oil)
- If the contaminant is 1 gallon or less of cooking oil and is completely absorbed, it is acceptable to dispose of with normal waste
- For waste pick-up contact EHSEM
Oil Spill Prevention:
- All waste oil containers need to be placed in/on secondary containment that has a storage capacity of 110% of the container size.
- Perform monthly inspections on all oil containing devices that have a capacity of 55 gallons or greater.
- Know where all spill kits are located in your facility and take time to ensure they are properly stocked.
Group Discussion Topics:
- Identify any past spill situations and how they were handled.
- Are there any oil containing devices that pose a greater risk than others for a potential spill/release?