Tips on Absorbents Use these following tips to choose the right absorbents for every spill:
Tip #1: Be prepared by stocking up on supplies before an accident.
Absorbents are used to clean up liquid spills. This can be anything from a spilled soda can at a restaurant to a large oil spill in an auto shop. Different liquids require different absorbents, and some liquids that are potentially hazardous like chemical spills should not be touched at all without proper equipment. The best way to get a handle on an accident is by keeping an ample supply of absorbents that can quickly clean up the mess.
Tip #2: Know your chemicals.
Many household absorbents are made from paper, including paper towels and napkins. They can be used to clean up most household spills, but don’t work well for other accidents. For example, oil spills are almost impossible to clean using a paper towel, and you will only succeed in spreading the oil everywhere. Instead, use sand or even cat litter to make the oil clump together. Never touch chemical spills with your bare hands. If your company works with potentially hazardous cleaning chemicals, then make sure you have the proper absorbents for cleaning them.
Tip #3: Have an emergency plan.
If you do have a hazardous chemical spill, everybody needs to leave the area immediately. Make sure you have a plan in place for how to handle such an accident, as well as any numbers to call. 911 should always be your first call, as they will likely send out a hazmat team. Do not take risks with your safety by trying to clean up a hazardous spill yourself.