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Do you know how to respond to a spill?

Posted by John on 14 November 2014
Do you know how to respond to a spill?

Do you know how to respond to a spill?  And what about your employees?  Or your co-workers?  A spill can quickly become life-threatening if not responded to quickly, and in the right way.

So how do you know what the right way is?  The simple answer is training.  Provided for first aid officers and forklift operators, in manual and dangerous goods handling, training is not often enough provided for spill response.  Training is actually a legislative requirement under the current WHS Act in NSW:

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 No 10, Part 2, Division 2, Section 19 Primary duty of care: (3) Without limiting subsections (1) and (2), a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable: (f) the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.

Check out the training section on our website to view the options available from short 1 hour toolbox talks to half day or even full day sessions, we have you covered.  Even the most basic course covers basic legislative requirements, the types of absorbents and how they are used, and the spill response process with some basic demos the longer courses are more specifically tailored to site requirements and cover these areas in greater depth, and include the option for hands-on practice by staff, with a debrief by the trainer after.

Just think about it while you are on the job today, if someone spills a highly flammable liquid will they be able to clean it up safely?  Or if you spill a strong corrosive, do you know which absorbent you should use?  Or if a hydraulic line bursts on a machine, do your staff or co-workers know enough to manage the incident response?  If you thought 'maybe', 'not sure', or 'no', why don't you call us now to discuss your requirements?


This blog post is intended as a guide only, and should not be relied upon as professional and/or legal advice.  Argyle Commercial will not be held liable for any damages or losses caused by using information provided in this post as a basis for any decision where any such damages or losses may result.

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