Silverback's spill kits contain a range of absorbents and accessories that allow operators to quickly contain and clean up spills. There are a number of factors and issues to consider when designing, resourcing and locating spill kits and equipment:
Selecting the right equipment for the appropriate risk response.
The volume amount required for containment, clean-up and how it is to be stored and accessed.
Ensure the spill response kit you have on hand is fit for your purpose to help minimise risk and to meet your environmental obligations. Silverback's spill response kits are supplied in a range of sizes from wheelie bins to carry bags and include a variety of absorbents manufactured and designed for a specific task. Spill response kit components are easily replaced individually and can be modified to suit individual requirements.
Spill Absorption Volume (Litres)
Note: The following volumes of Silverback Spill Response Kits are a guide only. Absorption capacity of the Spill Kit will vary according to the viscosity of the liquid to be absorbed. For example: The spill kit absorbents will absorb more motor oil than a less viscous petrol or solvent.
Silverback's Prenco absorbents represent a genuine level of absorbency and are not rated to unrealistic "over-saturated" levels that cannot be disposed of to EPA immobilisation standards.
Spill Response Kit Selection Chart
General Purpose Spill Response Kits
These kits have absorbents that will deal with both water based non-hazardous liquids (coolants, water based paints etc) as well as hydrocarbons.
Containing specific purpose neutraliser absorbent powders.
Special Fluid Spill Response Kits
Recommended for specific risk liquids such as body fluids, mercury, formaldehyde etc and contain absorbents to best handle these fluids.
Whilst these are our standard kits, we can manufacture custom made units to client's requirements.
AusSpill Guidelines for Spill Response Kits
In 2012 the AusSpill Association was formed to provide a voice for the spill control industry in an effort to encourage better regulation of spill response and control products.
AusSpill has received letters of support encouraging the development of an Australian Standard for spill kits from various bodies, including the Safety Institute of Australia, National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, NSW EPA and SA EPA.
As a first step towards the creation of an Australian Standard, in November 2018 AusSpill members formulated an approved set of guidelines that describe the appearance of mobile spill kit bins and also recognise a standard test method to accurately measure the sorbent capacity of those kits. Those guidelines have been adopted by AusSpill’s members.
The AusSpill spill kit guidelines have been developed in response to discussions with regulators, industry associations and other stakeholders. A constant thread in these discussions is that the inconsistent range of colours and performance of spill response kits presents a risk for responders, community and the environment where incorrect use of the products can create a safety and environmental hazard. These industry wide spill kit issues have been raised in letters of support for an Australian Standard for spill kits received from various stakeholders.
Lime green has been identified by AusSpill members as the ideal spill bin colour for two primary reasons. It is highly visible and is “readily identifiable” as described in AS1940:2017¹. The second reason for lime green spill bins is that this colour does not conflict with AS4123.7, which designates colours used to identify mobile waste bins. Waste bin colours designated in this standard include red, blue and yellow, which have also historically been used for spill kits.
Spill Kit Absorbency Testing
To assist spill kit consumers in having a clear understanding of spill kit performance, AusSpill members have adopted BS7959-3:2007 as the standard test method for all sorbent products included in the spill kits. By providing full clarity on spill kit absorbency performance, consumers will be better able to meet their obligations by ensuring they have sufficient equipment to deal with any foreseeable spills².
The AusSpill guidelines are not an Australian Standard or a requirement of legal compliance. Manufacturers are not required to adhere to these guidelines, but AusSpill members believe that transitioning to the lime green spill kit bins and a uniform standard test method will provide a genuine net benefit for all spill kit users and the wider community.
AS1940:2017 Storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids: Section 2.3.4, AS1940:2017 Section 9.4.2 Published by Standards Australia
CODE OF PRACTICE: Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace, pg 36. Published by Safe Work Australia
Types of Industries that require Spill Kits
Spill kits are essential environmental response equipment for a wide variety of industries:
Refineries & Industrial Sites
Should have spill kits available in workshop areas and in each operational area. The quicker operators can respond to an incident and limit the spread of a spill, the easier the clean-up operation will be. Quick clean-up also reduces the risk of safety incidents like fire or explosion.
Workshops & Automotive Repair Shops
Should have spill kits available to handle any accidental spill of oil or other fluids from equipment as it is being worked on. Pad and pillows can also be used to catch a drip if it is known that there is a risk of leakage in specific maintenance operations.
Need specific spill kits that are equipped to handle spills on land and on the surface of water. Spills that contaminate water systems can spread quickly and cause significant environmental harm.
Mining Service Areas
Are another candidate for readily available spill kits as the harsh operating conditions of equipment may lead to unforeseen hydrocarbon spills and leaks.