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Jul 25 2018
by Impact News

Block That Spill!

In football, cheerleaders sometimes chant, “Block that kick!” Other sports use similar lingo to keep the spectators enthused and the team amped up for a win.

The spill containment field doesn’t employ a cheer squad per se, though anyone who works in environmental services is doubtless jubilant when a spill is averted or minimized. ISHN Magazine (Industrial Safety & Hygiene News) says the EPA “looks at the small-oil-spill problem as a death by a thousand cuts.” That’s poetic, and also very unfortunate.

The truth is, while tanker or pipeline spills make the news, they account for just a fraction of the oil that spills into our waterways. The vast majority of “invisible oil pollution” — 80 percent — happens on land due to vehicle or equipment failures, usually when least expected (of course). And they tend to happen to individuals who are ill equipped or under-trained to handle the spill.

While training is the purview of the business owner, we can provide the eco friendly spill clean up, spill containment, and spill prevention products to help reduce that 80 percent figure.

Consider FiberDuck Oil Absorbent Pads, which are designed to absorb oil while repelling water in either the work environment or on water. Perfect for marine spills, these products float as they absorb, and are available in three weights.

For larger spills, an XSORB Select Oil Absorbent 55 gallon Poly Drumwill fill the bill, removing all petroleum-based products and leaving only clean water behind. The Poly Drum:

  • Floats and repels water while absorbing oils
  • Absorbs four times its weight
  • Is licensed as an oil spill cleanup agent by the California Department of Fish and Game
  • Can be used on waterways, holding ponds, contaminated barrels, sumps, and more, and
  • Is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

With more than 40 Impact Absorbent products specifically for oil spills, there’s bound to be at least one to meet your need, so don’t hesitate to order ahead, train your team, and be prepared for the unexpected.

We’ll be cheering you on.