Best Practices Immediately Following a Hazardous Materials Spill

October 14, 2016

Best Practices Immediately Following a Hazardous Materials Spill

Improperly handled hazardous waste poses a threat to both the population and the planet. From oil to contaminated water, hazardous waste spills cost American companies billions of dollars each year in cleanup costs. Shield Engineering’s Action Environmental group specializes in working quickly and efficiently to mitigate the issues resulting from a hazardous waste spill.

What are the Best Practices Before a Hazard Spill?

The absolute best way to contain a hazardous waste spill is to prepare for it before it happens. That means significant time spent training employees on the proper way to handle and manage a spill, as well as investment in the proper tools and containers to immediately mitigate an emergency.

Know which materials at your site qualify as “hazardous waste” from the EPA. The RCRA gives the EPA the authority to track hazardous materials from “cradle to grave” which means it’s your team’s responsibility to understand the risks and immediately handle a spill. An experienced hazardous spill management team like Action Environmental can help.

What Happens Immediately After a Spill?

First and foremost, make sure your team and anyone nearby is safe. If there are any questions about the flammability or air quality in the immediately-affected area, act fast and evacuate the area.

Once the area is secure, quickly call a hazardous waste remediation team like the one at Action Environmental. They’ll work with you to establish a cleanup plan that starts the instant you call. You can expect proper containment to begin on-site through a vetted cleanup contractor immediately, and the vendor you choose should be available 24/7; emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours.

The Steps Following a Hazardous Waste Spill

One of the most valuable services performed by a remediation team includes properly notifying all state and federal authorities of the spill. Remember that improperly reporting a waste spill is, in some cases, a federal offense. Working with a reputable management team ensures the right agencies will be notified according to the letter of the law. It’s also a good sign to authorities that you have the spill under control.


If you’d like to be better prepared for the potential of a hazardous waste spill, contact the spill response management team at Action Environmental today. They’ll help you devise an immediate action plan and better train your employees to quickly, efficiently handle any size emergency.


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