This Spill Kit Training – How to Clean Hazardous Substances gives an understanding of best practice when it comes to preventing hazardous spills and looks at the steps to controlling them when they do occur. It looks at the legal duties for controlling hazardous substances, the hierarchy of spill controls and how to use a Spill Kit in the event that one is required.
Employers have a legal duty to control the risks of any hazardous substances that they use, transport or store on site. They must protect risks to anyone who may be affected and the environment, and provide adequate training where necessary. This course supports meeting these legal duties.
Spill Kit Training – How to Clean Hazardous Substances
This course covers the following sections:
- Why Do We Need to Control Spills?
- Roles & Responsibilities
- Spill Prevention and Control Systems
- Understanding Spill Kits
- Evaluate the Risks
- Protect the Area
- Prepare to Handle the Spill
- Stop at the Source
- Clean the Spill
- Tidy Up
- Assess, Report & Restock
Learning Outcomes of Spill Kit Training – How to Clean Hazardous Substances
After completion of this online training course, trainees will have a great awareness of:
- Why we need to control spills
- Roles and responsibilities in respect to hazardous substances
- The contents and uses of Spill Kits
- The hierarchy of control for handling a spill
- Steps to cleaning up a hazardous substances spill
Why Spill Kit Training for Hazardous Substances is Vital
Organisations have a legal duty to protect employees, anyone that may be affected and the environment from the hazardous substances they use or store on site. A failure to properly manage hazardous substance spills can result in injury and illness, costly property damage, irreparable harm to the environment and fines for breaches in health and safety practices.
Benefits of this Hazardous Spill Kit Training Programme
Choosing Human Focus for this hazardous spill course offers the following benefits:
- RoSPA assured content and certification
- Supports compliance with relative Health and Safety legislation
- Minimises risk to health and safety
- Mini quizzes to support retention
|Study length||35+ minutes|
|Approval body||RoSPA assured|
|Target audience||All cleaning staff – awareness|
|Format||One interactive module with an end of course test|
|Assessment||Online multiple-choice test|
|Certification||Online certificate issued immediately on course completion|
|Certification validity duration||3 years|
Frequently Asked Questions
The method for cleaning up a hazardous substance will depend on what the substance is. Employers should have a response plan in place and employees must be adequately trained to respond correctly in such an event.
The following steps can help perform hazardous spill cleanup tasks safely:
Evaluate the risk: Analyse the spill and determine what hazards the spill presents and evaluate the level of risk. Take any immediate actions that are necessary. For instance, the area may need to be evacuated and emergency services notified if the spill is high risk.
Protect the area: Protecting the area, means limiting access to the spill, so others aren’t affected by it, and that the situation isn’t worsened. You may need to open or close ventilation depending on what you are dealing with.
Prepare to handle the spill: Get your Spill Kit and any tools required to handle the spill. The Spill Kit should contain instructions that you should read and follow exactly. Put on any personal protective equipment required.
Stop the spill at the source: Prevent or limit the spill from getting worse or doing any more damage, which will most likely involve stopping the spill at the source. If you cannot stop it at the source, limit its spread in a small an area as possible, using the pollution control hierarchy.
Clean the spill: Using the tools and methods that are outlined in you method statement and the instructions for the spill kit clean up the spill.
Tidy Area & Restock: The final steps are to tidy the area that the spill occurred in. If the area is safe, return it back to normal use. Restock any equipment or tools that were used.
The contents of a spill kit will vary based on the type of substances it is designed for. However, generally speaking a chemical spill kit contents should include:
- Protective clothing such as gloves, overalls, or safety goggles
- Absorbent materials such as towels, spill pads, or spill socks
- Disposal bags with tapes
- Dustpan and a polypropylene broom
- Container for waste
Hazmat is the abbreviation of hazaroudous materials. A hazmat spill kit is therefore any spill kit designed to handle hazardous materials. There are a wide variety of these on the market. When purchasing one, it is vital to ensure it is designed to handle the type of materials you have on site.
The Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015, or COMAH, employers are required to have an established Pollution Emergency Response Plan. This plan will describe how to handle spills, account for any potential offsite and onsite repercussions of a spill and determine what would need to be done if a spill happens,
Anyone who has a role in an Emergency Response Plan, must be trained on what they need to do.