Once your team has been trained, they will know exactly what to do should a spill occur

SpillPro on 30 January 2023

New Year, new training schedule! The New Year is the perfect time to ensure your team is up-to-date on their training requirements. Oil and other hazardous spills are not just costly and dangerous but can cause great harm to the environment. NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and OH&S regulations also mandate businesses are equipped to clean up spills. Once your team has been trained, they will know exactly what to do should a spill occur. 

Even if your team has received training before, it is a good idea to do a refresher. At SpillPro, we customise training to suit your industry and needs. The type of spill kit you have on your site may vary - it could be a general purpose kit or a oil and fuel kit.

Whether you’re a hospital or a mechanical workshop, our experts in spill containment can explain what kit and training program is best suited to your business. 

What is included in the spill control and spill kit training program?

  1. What is in a spill kit? Firstly, participants will be given an in-depth run-down of the contents of a spill kit. The training will explain what each piece of equipment in the kit is. A kit may include various absorbents such as socks, rolls, pads, booms and pillows. These may have different uses, depending on the type of spill. 

There will also be personal protective equipment (PPE) for team members to use when responding to a spill. After the training, participants will understand the purpose of each piece of equipment and PPE. 

  1. How do I use a spill kit? Secondly, employees will find out how exactly to respond to a spill using the equipment in the kit in the correct order. For example, spills should first be contained with a boom Then floor sweep absorbents should be used to clean up the spill. Using equipment in the wrong order may worsen the spill. This training is customised to suit your industry and the particular kits you have.
  2. How do I stay safe? Thirdly, all relevant safety considerations will be explained so both employees and the business as a whole is protected. 

What are the benefits of spill control and spill kit training?

If your employees are not properly trained in spill control, it is likely the following may occur:

  • You’ll break regulations. According to EPA and OH&S guidelines, it is the responsibility of a business to ensure employees are trained in spill compliance. SpillPro provides certification following a training session, so your business will be protected.
  • You’ll incur unnecessary clean-up costs. Being prepared in the case of a mishap will save you time, money and undue disruption to your everyday operations. You’ll also prevent more extreme repercussions such as fires on-site or chemical contamination. 
  • Inefficient waste disposal. This is also a legal and ethical requirement. 
  • Harm to the environment. The longer a spill remains uncontained, the further it will spread and the more severe the consequences will be. This is particularly important when the spill occurs near water. Oil spreads on water over a large area, leaving a thin film of hydrocarbon on the surface everywhere it reaches.
  • Danger to your people. Untrained people use equipment incorrectly, which inevitably leads to injuries. In the high-pressure situation of an oil spill response, the risks of injury are even higher. 

Contact SpillPro for more information about spill control and spill kit training

SpillPro has extensive experience in spill control and spill kit training. Our spill control team can conduct a risk assessment of your business and customise the training for your needs.

Call us on 1800 368 450 today to discuss spill control and spill kit training for your business.