Unfortunately, spills and leaks occur for a variety of reasons. Prevention is key. If the steps provided in Part 1 of this feature are followed correctly, any spill or leak would be from unforeseen circumstances or human error. However, by implementing an emergency response plan (ERP), it is possible to respond quickly and safely to a spill or a leak, protecting people and the environment from any potential harm.
Spill response procedures must be followed for a spill cleanup. These are the procedures that are developed and practised as part of the ERP.
Depending on the type of chemical and the amount released, the manufacturer and the provincial regulatory agency may need to be contacted to report the spill. The manufacturer’s label and SDS has emergency contact information. These bodies and organizations can provide direction and help. If there are any serious injuries sustained, provincial workplace safety and health authorities and Workers Compensation may also need to be notified.
Once the spill or leak has been cleaned up, the contaminated PPE and spill kit contents need to be appropriately disposed of according to the information found in the ERP. Contaminated items must be placed in a bag that is labelled accordingly and handled with caution.
Site cleanup should be performed as soon as possible. Timely site cleanup will help ensure the least amount of environmental impact and allow for a safe work environment after the cleanup.
The “Three C’s” are the most important things to remember in the event of a spill or leak. Controlling the spill or leak will minimize the amount of product released. Containing the spill or leak will help to minimize the spread of product into the environment. Cleaning up the spill or leak as soon as possible allows for work to resume in the area in a safe and timely manner.
Please visit the CASA website for more information, including the inflowgraphic at top, which describes each step in responding to a spill on the farm.