OSHA Oil Spill Kit Requirements
Are oil spill kits required by OSHA? The simple answer is, no.
While there are many OSHA and EPA requirements on how to be prepared for oil spills, the regulations do not specifically require spills kits.
You should always have the proper spill supplies on hand and easily accessible. This could include the following:
- Spill kits
- Wet Mops
- PPE (safety glasses, gloves, boot covers, face mask)
- First Aid
- Absorbent mats or socks, or berms to quickly contain the spill
- Plugging device to stop the leak
- Drain protectors to minimize environmental impact
Spill kits are a good best management practice under the EPA SPCC rule and the OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.22, Subpart D rule (walking/working surfaces must be kept dry and clean). A spill kit can:
- Reduce the potential for slips, trips, and falls
- Reduce exposure to employees
- Prevent chemical release to sewer and waterways
- Be integrated as part of a quick response plan for a quick and safe response protocol
- Reduce risk and limit impacts of spills
What you put in the spill kit depends on the potential spill size, type of spill, and if workers will have the appropriate PPE available. For example, an oil spill kit may contain a variety of oil absorbents, safety gloves, and a wet mop.
Spill kits are generally good for oil spills up to around 100 gallons. After that, additional tools and methods might be needed, such as a pump.
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