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Competencies covered

MSMWHS200: Work safely

MSFFL3002: Establish and maintain a safe flooring technology work environment

TLID2003: Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

Hazardous spills

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Spills can be a real problem when they involve a hazardous substance.

They should always be cleaned up straight away, no matter how small they are.

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Response for a small scale spill

The general response for a small scale spill is:

  1. Stop the source of the spill straight away, if it's safe to do so.

  2. Contain the spill, using the materials in a spill kit, if available, or by using sawdust or some other absorbent substance.

  3. Clean up the spill, in accordance with the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

  4. Store the clean-up waste in a sealed container.

  5. Contact a licensed waste contractor to take away the waste materials.
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If a spill occurs that might harm the environment, you must tell the EPA or local council as soon as you become aware of it.

For serious spills, or where there is any doubt about the safety of the situation, contact the Fire Brigade on 000.

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Learning activity

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Choose an SDS or MSDS for a hazardous liquid that you use or store at work and answer the following questions:

What is the name of the product?

What is the product used for?

What is the procedure for dealing with a spill?

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