The majority of oil spills on construction sites are inflicting unnecessary environmental harm due to insufficient cleanup techniques, according to national safety equipment provider OnSite Support.
The site safety equipment specialists believes that most of the 350 pollution incidents the Environment Agency responds to each year are not adequately contained.
Many of these spills might be less detrimental to the environment if they were cleaned swiftly with the correct cleaning materials for the job.
Oil or hydrocarbon spill kits, spill containment items, absorbent products and other spill response tools on site, as explained by OnSite Support’s safety equipment expert, Chris Wellgreen, are critical to the ability of a clean-up team’s clean-up team to contain a situation when it occurs on the construction site.
While there are a large choice of solutions on the market which claim to clean up and control oil-based spills, he warns that some are more effective in the long run than others.
“Many absorbent products don’t retain absorbed oil for long,” explains Chris. After a spill has been cleaned up and disposed of, it is still possible for contamination to seep into the earth, causing environmental degradation.
Some of the most successful and eco-friendly absorbent materials for reducing land and water spills are organic items such as peat moss, straw and wool, which reject water and absorb greasy liquid.
There are several well-designed products available on the market that use peat moss as a sorbent specifically for hydrocarbon and chemical spills like diesel oil, gasoline, paint and brake fluid leaks, according to Chris.
“Sustainable solutions like SaveSorb which we recommend, work like a ‘super sponge’ by permanently soaking up spillage, heavy metal contaminants and toxic vapours on contact.”
In addition to absorbent mats and water filtration systems, SaveSorb is available in a variety of forms and spill kits made from responsibly obtained Canadian sphagnum moss.
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In order to keep oily chemicals from leaking into the environment, it has a molecular structure that traps them, even under pressure. Microorganisms that naturally break down hydrocarbons into organic carbon compounds have a place to live in the product.
With the Environment Agency and other government organisations placing increased pressure on construction firms to clean up their environmental act, Chris believes enterprises have everything to gain by being adequately prepared and equipped for a chemical oil spill.
It’s not just a matter of protecting your environment and the communities you serve; it’s also a matter of safeguarding your company’s reputation by making sure your employees are properly equipped and taught.