A comprehensive spill response plan is vital for your business

Fluids are vital for industry. They are required to create products, cool parts, lubricate machines and keep the wheels of manufacturing turning. In a busy working environment it is inevitable that spills will occur, but with proper preparation and the correct equipment, the impact and likelihood of spills can be minimised.

The recent increase in both the pace and scope of environmental legislation and regulation impacts all businesses no matter what type, size or location. Responsibility for the correct handling and storage of liquids lies with the owner organisation (including protection from wilful acts of vandalism). The law regulates against the pollution of land and water.  You can be prosecuted and fined if your organisation has a spill (either accidental or deliberate). You could also see further damage to your organisation’s image and reputation depending on how you respond to the spill.

The Environment Agency’s policy is to vigorously pursue prosecution of both company and individuals responsible for any infringements of these regulations.

So what does this mean for your business?

You need to have a plan for not only how to effectively manage a spill to prevent accidents from becoming disasters, but also how you can minimise the potential for a spill in the first place.

To do this you need to:

  • Review all aspects of spill response on site including liquid types and quantities.
  • Review how liquids are handled, labelled and stored, particularly the condition and suitability of secondary containment systems or fixed bunds.
  • Identify potential routes for the escape of liquids from site.
  • Identify potential spill hazards and/or sensitive areas
  • Audit current spillage response products and equipment.
  • Identify any shortcomings or non-compliance with statutory regulations / legislation.
  • Provide a comprehensive report incorporating recommendations for proposed additions or sensible improvements.
  • Address specific training needs.

This plan can help provide the basis for an Environmental Management Spill Contingency Plan and can be used towards ISO 14001 compliance to improve upon your site’s current level of spill awareness and response.

We can offer site surveys, advice and guidance to ensure that your organisation falls within current legislation. To learn more, call 0845 500 5767.

About Southern Lubricants

Southern Lubricants has been the leading lubricant supplier in the South West of England for more than 30 years.  Our expert and technical knowledge combined with our ability to source all major brands of lubricants, means that we can provide a solution to all your lubricant needs.  While our roots are firmly based in the South West, we have customers all over the UK who use us for our technical expertise, superior service and ability to be a single-source supplier.