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Construction Catastrophe? 3 Safe Ways To Clean Up Toxic Site Situations

March 29, 2017
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Construction Catastrophe? 3 Safe Ways To Clean Up Toxic Site Situations

When you’re working with chemicals, there is always a chance that there could be some kind of spill. You could be working at a construction site or in a laboratory when the spill occurs. While working in the area, it’s important to get the situation under control as soon as possible so that everyone is safe. There are a few different ways that spills can happen with most being accidental. Most spills are caused by people making simple mistakes that can be avoided. They can be made by equipment not operating in the proper fashion and breaking down, causing toxic substances to spill onto the ground, in the water or onto the floor if you’re working in a building. The ways to clean up a toxic spill will depend on the kind of chemical that was spilled and the magnitude.

Liquids

If the material is a liquid, it needs to be cleaned as quickly as possible because it can spread from one area to another in a short time. One of the things that you can do is to pour a special powder over the spill that is made specifically for hazardous materials. You want to use as much powder as is needed to cover the entire area as well as the outer edges so that it doesn’t spread. Once the powder is put on the spill, it will begin to soak up the liquid, making it easier to clean with the proper tools. After the spill is cleaned, wash the surface with either a moist towel or a mop. Dispose of the materials used in cleaning in the proper bags and waste containers.

Solid Spills

When you think about a spill, you probably don’t think about a solid product. When it comes to cleaning up these situations, there are many benefits of peroxides for remediation. The liquid is ideal for pouring over the solid material as it will bond and prevent the harmful chemicals from spreading and make it easier to pick up the solids. It’s best to use a plastic scoop when gathering the solid materials before putting them in the proper disposal bags or other containers that will be disposed of in the proper manner. The material should not be placed in a typical trash can. Avoid creating any kind of dust while cleaning that could cause the harmful reagents to spread in the building or through the air. Wet a cloth to clean the area before the space is used once again. A mop can also be used to help with the cleaning process.

Flammable Situations

If there is any suspected flammable materials that are at the site of the spill or the materials that have been spilled are flammable, you need to turn off any sources for the materials and any other equipment that could cause a spark. Chemical spill pads often work best in this situation. If the material is a gas, you need to open windows in the building or post warnings in the area that there is a gas that has been released into the air. Some of the flammable materials that are spilled have a distinct smell, making them easier to detect compared to other toxic substances.

There are numerous reasons as to why you want to get a toxic site cleaned as quickly as possible. The respiratory system could be irritated, and the skin could be burned in some form or fashion depending on the type of spill. There could also be issues with irritations in the eyes. Most sites that have a potential for toxic spills have the needed tools for cleaning if a spill occurs.