Q: What source of information can be consulted for the specific PPE to be used to clean up chemicals in the event of a spill?
A: The primary source of information for proper PPE for spill response is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the spilled chemical. Additional chemical resistance information is available from chemical resistance clothing, glove and footwear manufacturers.
Q: Are there specific training requirements for personnel who respond to chemical spills?
A: Yes. These requirements to be covered are found in 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard. HAZWOPER applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances and wastes. Emergency response operations to releases of hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard are governed by the HAZWOPER standard.
Q: Are there specific regulations governing the disposal of sorbents saturated with hazardous materials?
A: The handling, storage and disposal of sorbents, when saturated with hazardous materials, are governed by local, state and federal environmental laws. Contact your local authority having jurisdiction over the issue for specific handling information.
Q: What is the difference between a sock, a dike and a boom?
A: Socks are more moldable than dikes or booms. The skin is constructed of a lightweight knit material. Socks are mainly used in maintenance applications for containing and absorbing liquids. Dikes do not mold or form around equipment as well as socks, but are more durable. Dikes are used for containing and absorbing small and large spills in open areas. Booms consist of a particulate-type absorbent covered with a porous fabric. Available in various diameters and lengths, booms are used for containing and absorbing large spills.
29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
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