Fallback Position

Daylight savings time ends November 6th, when the U.S. sets its clocks back to standard time and night descends in the middle of the afternoon (or at least, it seems that way).

Fallback is part of the rhythm of the seasons. Just as we “spring ahead” in March, when the world is blossoming, it makes sense to shorten the daylight hours when animals and plants are closing down or hibernating for the colder months.

Which sort of begs the question: do you have a good “fallback” position?

We’re talking, of course, about spill prevention. Every company needs a SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure) plan in place, but, while it may be on your to-do list, it may get deferred as more critical issues claim your attention. That is, until a spill containment emergency claims your attention. Then you’re wishing you had that SPCC plan ready to roll.

We can help. At Impact Absorbents, spill prevention and spill clean up are our specialties. As a Best Management Practice, a spill prevention plan will reduce your overhead and boost productivity, because you wont be losing inventory or wasting valuable time and resources dealing with spill emergencies.

To create a spill prevention plan for your company:

  • Research, Review, Assess

    • Conduct a materials inventory throughout the facility
    • Evaluate past spills and leaks
    • Identify non-storm water discharges
    • Collect and evaluate storm water
    • Summarize the findings of this assessment
  • Prepare Your Spill Prevention Plan

    • Facility description, activities, chemicals used
    • Site plan with chemical storage locations, storm drains, collection basins. List Impact Absorbents spill prevention and spill clean up products on hand, or that need to be ordered.
    • Notification procedures in the event of a spill. Include contact information for key staff and appropriate regulatory agencies.
    • Procedures for spill clean up
    • Designate employee to oversee spill clean up
    • Train staff in basic spill control and spill clean up procedures.
  • Summarize and Post Plan at Appropriate Locations (e.g., cafeteria, hazmat areas with spill potential, meeting rooms, etc.)
  • Implement Spill Prevention Plan

    • Begin spill clean ups using environmentally safe products from Impact Absorbents
    • In fueling areas, use small bags for convenience and small drums of absorbent for storage. Keep emergency spill containment and spill clean up kits at the facility site.
    • Review the Spill Prevention Plan at least annually and after any spill to see how effective it is and how it might be improved, as well as the whenever a new material is introduced to the facility.

No matter what time of year it is or how much daylight remains, your business is now better prepared for contingencies. And that’s a ray of light in any season.

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