Environmental Management in Australia

Accidents do happen and there is always a chance there will be an accident. Spillages are a good example of this. These could be hydrocarbon leakages, oil and diesel for example. There is also an added fire risk directly or indirectly from vapors that could be produced. One spark could ignite this. Major spillages of spirit based paints could well cause problems. What is really dangerous would be acid spillages. A spillage could be the result of major weather damage. They can also occur in open water. Plus there is the risk of a spill spreading through drainage systems and effecting the surrounding environment. What is needed is a quick, simple and effective system to deal immediately with any spillage. There are spill kits that are designed to deal with these eventualities.

Spill kits

Available Spill kits

There are a number of spill kits available. These use a “wheelie bin” system. This is a simple and ingenious method to move the appropriate kit quickly to where it is needed. These bins can be moved to the site by one person. Here are a few examples of these “wheelie bin” spill kits that can be provided by Spill response Brisbane has today.

Absorb Organic Spill Kit

This contains only organic absorbents derived from recycled waste products. It is a general purpose kit designed to work with hydrocarbons and water based liquids. This could be useful in a paint workshop, which uses emulsions and solvent based paints.

Absorb Hazchem Spill Kit

This kit is designed specifically for dealing with hazardous chemicals. All the other “kits” are colored red. This one is blue so it is clear what it will be used for. Full protective clothing and equipment should be used (PPE). Use the “Oil” only Spill kit for removing oil from water. Check Absorb Enviro for more details.

Absorb Marine Spill Kit

This kit contains floating boons that are designed to contain a marine spillage of up to 240 litres. There are also hydrocarbon pads to absorb oil spillages. This kit can be used in marinas and other similar water courses.

Environmental Training Courses

There is an overall “duty of care” required for the environment under existing Australian and Statewide legislation. This can be taken in conjunction with current Health and Safety legislation. A site may come under current Health and Safety legislation for its employees and those entering the site. However, an accident like a major spillage could well have an adverse effect on the surrounding environment if it is not dealt with properly and immediately.

As a result, environmental training at all levels is available. These courses combine both practical training along with an understanding of the current legislation.

If an emergency does occur then the staff need to immediate know how to deal with this as the primary duty of care could rest with them. If a spill kit is to be used, which spill kit? What other systems are available? Is a hydrocarbon spillage close to a heat source? Have any prior problems with drainage or waterways been dealt with? There is a whole host of measures both immediate and preventative that may need to be addressed.

Any changes in legislation needs to be understood and acted upon. There is a wider concern over environmental sustainability. Australia has a unique range of flora and fauna that must be maintained.

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