Suggestions for conducting a Spill Clean-up Exercise

drgnrider

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Slightly :topic:

Suggestions, please... and thank you.

We have never done a spill clean-up exercise, nor had a spill :cfingers: to clean-up. With 14001, management now wants to do an exercise; any suggestions on how to simulate a spill? Mainly WHAT to use as our "spill"; "water" flows too fast. Looking for something about 10-20 gallons for about 8-people to clean-up.

Main possible liquids are oil (Hydraulic, machine, etc) or machine coolant.

:)
 
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Go to Costco/BJ's/Sam's club and get $75 worth of WessonOil or other cooking oil. They would be pretty close to machine oil, though not the same color.
Mix in some carbon black if you want the color, though I can't see how that would add value.

If you really hate your guys and want them to hate you back...use honey:eek:.

Before you perform the "spill"...consider how the area will cease to become slippery, even after the spill is cleaned 'by eye'.
How will the effectiveness of the clean-up be measured?
 

LRE67

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I'm attaching a picture to show how we conduct a "mock" spill clean-up excercise. We cut a piece of cardboard and painted it red (for more visual clarity) to use as a simulated spill. Placing an empty 55 gallon drum by it creates the illusion of a real spill. This is an inexpensive way to not only satisfy the requirement of the standard to "periodically test your procedures", but also serves as refresher training for those people in the organization who are trained in our Emergency Preparedness and Response procedures. The beauty of doing it this way is, there is no cost and no actual mess to clean up. This is all documented and shown to the auditor. "A picture is worth a thousand words".
 

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drgnrider

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If you really hate your guys and want them to hate you back...use honey.
Or in my case... since they already despise me... what's another reason! :lol:


Before you perform the "spill"...consider how the area will cease to become slippery, even after the spill is cleaned 'by eye'.
Good observation of the "hidden" effects, like it! :thanx:


Thanks LRE67, my management likes "inexpensive"! ;)
 
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Randy

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You can use the wesson oil, but I used to use Karo Syrup, water, a small amount of ammonia (or Pinesol) and green food dye....Why green? Psychological...Folks will normally sniff at the Red or Black, but 7 out of 10 times back up from Green


Oh yeah the statement "With 14001, management now wants to do an exercise" ain't exactly right because it doesn't matter what management wants, you gotta do it regardless if it can happen.
 

Steve Prevette

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One thing I got to "play" several times while in the Navy was the "contaminated man". I wore a swimsuit under my uniform so I could dutifully be "stripped down" and even went into the emergency shower to wash! We actually found a problem with the shower which had never been actually used before. We got to the point where we used colored highlighter on some area of my body to simulate the contamination.

Don't know if you want to go that far, but we were always challenged by our drill observer/graders to make the drill more realistic. We even rigged up a contraption to keep spilling liquid until the spill was deemed to have "stopped".
 

drgnrider

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You can use the wesson oil, but I used to use Karo Syrup, water, a small amount of ammonia (or Pinesol) and green food dye....Why green? Psychological...Folks will normally sniff at the Red or Black, but 7 out of 10 times back up from Green
I'd thought about syrup & water, but not the "odor" or "color". I'll have to remember that for future use.


Oh yeah the statement "With 14001, management now wants to do an exercise" ain't exactly right because it doesn't matter what management wants, you gotta do it regardless if it can happen.
Agree, EHS argued for years to run these drills, but now they have some "teeth" for the "have to"... before it was: don't want to, no time, etc... :tg:


Apparently, when EHS contacted the local fire department for ideas, they were eager to check-out our response plan first-hand and are willing to use their foam as the spill. :rolleyes:

I will keep these ideas for our next not-so-disaster-drill.
 
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immaya08

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how about blending water with starch until you achieve the right consistency for the exercise and adding some food color?
 
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