Tailgating Challenge

Tailgating Challenge, a place for people who live to tailgate. They share photos and ideas from all angles of tailgating to help spark your tailgate to reach the next level. This month they did an impressive review of SpillFix.

SpillFix Review

Have you spilled something before at your last tailgate or camping event and had trouble cleaning it up? What comes to my mind is spilling gasoline, lighter fluid, grease, you name it, it can be spilled and could ruin your awesome day. We were sent some of the new SpillFix organic absorbent to test out. We put it to the test in regular day to day life, as well as a potential situation that could arise at your tailgate/camping event.

This was used in an industrial shop where we were able to clean up multiple types of chemical and paint spills. The feedback from the employees that used this in the shop was great. I then took SpillFix to a test that’s more near and dear to each of our hearts. Many of us have used a generator at some point in our life and maybe you’ve spilled some gasoline when trying to fill it up? I created a gasoline spill and used SpillFix to safely and easily aborb the gasoline to be easily wiped up and disposed of.

PROS: helps with many types of spills both at your tailgate or in the shop

CONS: have to remember to take it with you to the tailgate and depending on the surface and spill type SpillFix may not be able to completely eliminate the stain/smell ie: gasoline on plastic.

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SpillFix on The Today Show with Hoda Kotb & Steve Greenberg

SpillFix found phenomenal attention last Friday when it was demonstrated by Steve Greenberg on NBC’s the Today morning show. Hoda commented that she was amazed she had not heard about SpillFix and called it a “Miracle Spill Fixer”. Check out the Today Show video clip from The Today Show with Steve Greenberg, Hoda Kotb, and Andy Grammer! SpillFix was called a miraculous product and is available for only $5.99 from Jegs.

The advantages SpillFix offer include:

  • Lightweight – easy to transport and handle.
  • Suitable for all types of spills – eliminating the need for multiple products and potential hazards. Some absorbents are not suitable for certain liquids and can become volatile.
  • No waiting – the immediate high-absorbency of SpillFix means the mess is cleaned up in no time at all.
  • No residue – the complete absorbency of SpillFix eliminates all spill-residue, so the area is rendered safe and non-slippery immediately.
  • Diverse usability – SpillFix has multiple applications other than spill clean up. It can be used as a reusable waterless cleaner for hands, tools and equipment.

When Should I Use SpillFix Absorbent Product?

Whenever we talk about an absorbent product, we should always think of that absorbent product as a tool. Like any other tool, when it comes to cleaning up spills at work often times one type of absorbent product will do a better job than another. And as with any other type of tool, different absorbent products will work better on different spills than another type of absorbent product might. Not only that, but the type of absorbent product you use will impact your company’s effectiveness, overall safety, and performance.

SpillFix is just one kind of absorbent product that you may decide to use to clean up fuel spills, chemical spills, or a range of other types of spills. But when exactly should you use SpillFix? And when should it be supplemented with other products? Today we’ll answer those questions so you can ensure that you’re using the best absorbent product for every incident you may come across while at work.

What exactly is SpillFix?

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SpillFix Industrial Absorbent is a type of organic, nontoxic absorbent that’s made from a renewable resource (coconut husks). SpillFix is currently available in a loose form (pictured below) and in boom form.

When should I use loose SpillFix absorbent product?

Loose absorbent products are used to clean up the majority of liquid spills at work, and are particularly helpful when you need to clean up a spill that’s leaked into cracks, crevices, and other small spaces that a larger, solid absorbent product can’t reach. While some types of loose absorbent products have earned a bad reputation for containing dangerous crystalline silica and for being dusty, difficult to sweep or shovel and generally cumbersome to use, SpillFix removes dust from the equation and, as demonstrations show, is quick and easy to pick up and dispose of.

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When should I use SpillFix booms?

If you have a large liquid spill that needs to be simultaneously contained and absorbed, a boom will help you get the job done. Commonly recognized as a containment tool for water-based oil spills, booms are also very effective to use on spills that happen at your place of work – both indoors and outdoors. SpillFix booms are especially useful since no spill can be cleaned before it’s been properly contained, meaning that in the event of a spill a boom is a necessity.

What other absorbent products do I need to supplement my SpillFix products?

Mats, socks, and pillows are all different types of absorbent products that you should stock up on at your worksite to have in case you need them. Just like loose absorbent product items and booms, these different items help workers address spills in different ways:

  • Mats, which will soak up leaks and spills, can help protect work areas or be used during an assembly or other routine work process; they’re also typically very useful in smaller spaces such as aisles and can help reduce the risk of slipping when walking in and out of entranceways. Be sure to consider whether or not you want a roll of mats or pre-cut mats, as well as how absorbent or chemically resistant your mats are.
  • Socks, a sister product of booms, can effectively contain spills and prevent them from leaking from one area into another. Socks lock off spills and keep them from spreading throughout an area. Standard socks are smaller than booms and effectively wrap around machinery, and can help prevent larger spills by absorbing leaks under or around your work equipment. Socks are great small-scale tools to use when you don’t have a full-blown spill on your hands.
  • Absorbent pillows, while often not our first absorbent product of choice, still have their place in a spill clean-up arsenal thanks to their ability to absorb more spill than the average mat. Pillows are great for catching localized drips or leaks and even for absorbing large spills.

As you can see, every worksite needs different spill products to address different spill-related needs. Assessing your workplace and deciding which products which address your safety needs is critical in determining which products to purchase to keep your worksite safe at all times.

Questions? Concerns? Interested in learning more about SpillFix’s products? Just let us know in the comments!

Q&A: Oil Spills In The Workplace

When the average person hears the words “oil spill” they often think about major oil spills that affected communities or major sections of water or mainlands. But for American industrial workers and a range of other professionals, “oil spill” can also refer to a smaller oil spill or leak at their place of work.

 Oil spills qualify as one of the most common workplace spills thanks to oil’s popularity. Forklifts, trucks, industrial equipment, and workplace vehicles are just a few examples of things on the job that require oil for proper use. With this popularity comes a range of common questions about oil, oil spills and how to deal with them. Today we want to address and answer three of those common questions:

 

Why are oil spills in the workplace such a big deal?

News outlets often highlight how oil spills harm oceans and other natural areas after a spill but rarely talk about the dangers of oil spills at work. While oil isn’t considered as toxic as some chemicals, it can still be a serious risk to people.

  • Oil creates a slick surface that can cause serious falls and injuries.
  • Oil is a highly flammable substance that can ignite under the right circumstances, especially if it begins to vaporize.
  • Longer or repeated exposure to oil vapors can affect a person’s ability to smell and taste. High levels of exposure can also cause headaches, nausea, and lightheadedness, as well as lead to poor coordination, increased blood pressure and difficulty concentrating.
  • Oil that touches the skin can cause painful reactions such as itchiness, redness, pain, blisters, and peeling.
  • Other chemicals in the oil vapor can potentially increase an individual’s risk of developing certain cancers and may even affect several organ systems.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has summarized the risks from oil spills as such: “Oil spill cleanup workers can face potential hazards from oil byproducts, dispersants, detergents and degreasers.”

 

How can companies prepare for oil spill clean-up?

Ask any safety expert about how to address a spill at work and they’ll most likely tell you to do two things – to proactively try to prevent spills, and to protect yourself and your workers first should they happen. Not only do safety experts agree that this is the best approach – it’s the law. According to the safetyandhealthmagazine.com, “Creating and implementing a spill prevention control and countermeasure plan is required by the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the discharge of oil and spills. An SPCC plan should identify proactive measures to prevent a spill from occurring or reaching the environment. In addition to meeting EPA regulations, an SPCC plan can help prevent slips, trips and falls from occurring within your work environment.” 

This means that the first thing a company needs to do is develop a proactive preventative approach, complete with a prevention, control and countermeasure plan. Historically too many businesses that worked near oil assumed that they’d never deal with a spill. Businesses working under this mindset often found – and still find – themselves dealing with serious oil spills and paying the costs of employee injuries, environmental damages and more when they happen. Rather than assuming a spill won’t happen, businesses should work to prevent them and prepare for when they do happen. This means:

  • Situating and storing oil drums and containers safely – and ideally in a Secondary Containment System.
  • Developing a proper spill prevention plan that helps contain oil spills at their source thereby helping cut down on possible fines and reduce the chances of employees tripping or slipping.
  • Providing and stocking enough of the correct response equipment – including spill kits, spill containment items, absorbent products and other spill response tools –  at your worksite so you can address every possible situation as it happens.

The second thing a company needs to do is ensure that it protects its employees. Sometimes spills happen despite the best and most thorough preventative measures. Should this happen it’s not enough to have a spill prevention plan developed. Workers need to know what to do: how to respond and to keep themselves safe. This means that all employees should receive safety and spill clean-up training on a regular basis.  Proper training will ensure that spills are promptly cleaned and little to no injuries occur as a result of them.

 

I’ve cleaned up the oil spill at my workplace – the danger’s passed, right?

Not necessarily. Depending on the type of absorbent product you used to clean up that oil spill you’ll need to consider your disposal options very carefully to avoid polluting your local dump and even community. Many absorbent product options don’t hold on to absorbed substances for long, which can cause oil leaks and spills later on after the product has been disposed of. EPA guidelines require absorbent products, rags and other materials be properly disposed of separately from main trash bins. Fortunately there are decent absorbent product options like SpillFix available today that will ensure that a cleaned oil spill remains clean – and will help save you time and money during the cleanup process itself! Always check local laws before disposing of used absorbent product and cleaning materials after an oil spill.

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Oil spills aren’t to be taken lightly and require proper preparation on a company’s behalf. Fortunately following these basic safety steps will ensure that no one is hurt and your company can continue operating on a normal schedule, and there are lots of resources available today to help companies develop a proper spill prevention plan and strategy.


Questions? Thoughts? Feel free to leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you!

The 10 Rules Of Effective Spill Response: An Infographic

Just how prepared is your worksite for a spill?

You can purchase and stock as many personalized spill kits as you want, but until employees and employers alike have developed an effective spill response plan and technique, the answer to that question is, “Not at all.”

Why? Because dealing with spill cleaning tools can be fairly well summarized by an old cliché: “It’s not what you have but how you use it.” While not entirely true – the absorbent product and tools you use to clean your mess do matter – this old saying does highlight how even a poor product being used well will outperform a good product being used improperly.

We’re not the only ones saying so, either. According to the EPA, “The key to effectively combating spills is careful selection and proper use of the equipment and materials best suited to the type of oil and the conditions at the spill site.” Depending on the type of spill being dealt with, skipping one single important spill response step could quickly lead to your company wasting precious spill cleaning resources while simultaneously barely cleaning any of the spill. When this happens, your company is more likely to experience serious issues, while a properly handled spill could be a relatively mundane event.

For example:

  • Without the proper safety gear, a spill can quickly became an expensive accident due to workers compensation.
  • Without an understanding of who is in charge of what, conflicting orders can create chaos when a singular, united response is needed.
  • If workers don’t know where spill response gear is stored, precious seconds and even minutes will be wasted in the scramble to locate them.
  • In some situations even neutralizing products like SpillFix can’t fully decontaminate an area after a spill. Companies need to fully prepare to do more than clean a spill if the material poses additional risks even after its clean-up.
  • Spills can’t be swept under the rug – they need to be reported and properly documented. Do you know what information you’ll need to gather before making this call?

Information like this and more all belongs in your spill response plan, so be sure to take the time to evaluate your strategy and make sure everything your worksite would need to do during a spill has been laid out and is understood by everyone involved. Not sure how to evaluate your spill response plan? This infographic is a great place to start, and can be minorly adjusted depending on what sort of spill your site needs to prepare to clean:

Image courtesy of etraintoday.com.
Image courtesy of etraintoday.com.

Questions? Concerns? Let us know in the comments!

Got Your Absorbent Product? Don’t Forget About These 5 Key Spill Control Tools

Chemical spills. Fuel spills. Acid spills. Oil spills.

While different spills may require slightly different approaches or spill kits during the clean-up process, these spills have at least once thing in common: if a spill is large enough, before it can be cleaned it needs to be contained. And to do this worksites need to ensure that they have more than a standard spill kit at the ready.

Typically spill kits contain three types of equipment: personal protective equipment, absorbents designed to clean-up small spills, and some additional equipment that helps clean larger spills. But while using the right absorbent product in a timely manner is very important, these kits do not help workers complete one of the first steps workers need to take in the event of a spill at work: properly confining and controlling a spill.

This is particularly important if the spill occurs on uneven ground or if it’s located near any potential draining areas, as this increases the chance that the spilled components will cause environmental problems or negatively affect a local community. An uncontrolled spill and an improper response to it can also result in expensive fines from a variety of safety organizations.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Martha W McQuade.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Martha W McQuade.

To properly contain and control a spill, work sites need to invest in the right equipment for the job. Currently there’s a range of spill control and containment tools out there that can help, including:

  • Socks and Dikes: Absorbent socks and non-absorbent dikes are highly recommended by many experts when containing a spill within a certain area. Ideally the height of any dikes or socks used will be twice that of a spill’s depth. Workers also need to provide plenty of width to their containment circle to prevent any potential overflow. Once a properly sealed containment area has been laid down, workers can begin applying their absorbent product of choice to soak up the contained spill.
  • Drain Covers and Plugs: If a spill is moving towards a drain, the #1 priority is to use a cover or non-permanent plug on any drains within the area; this will protect your company from a potential fine, but more importantly will ensure that any spilled acids, chemicals, gasoline and other industrial products can’t escape into the local drains and cause damage within a nearby community.
  • Berms: Got heavy duty machinery onsite? Consider looking into the use of berms. Berms are a great spill control tool that can be used to create a barrier of any shape around machinery or drum storage areas, both indoors or out. Think of them as a first or final line of defense in your spill cleaning efforts.
  • Booms: If you work on or near water it’s worth investing in booms, which are essential during an on-water spill response. It’s also good to practice booming tactics, from regular containment to diversion booming, so that employees are ready to respond in the event of a spill.
  • Tool Accessories: There’s no point in investing in control tools if you don’t take care of them. Spill control accessories include cases for socks and drain plugs, carry bags for drain covers, wall mount storage units, and more – all of which will ensure your control tools remain undamaged and ready for use.

Tools like these are a crucial part of your spill response system. Don’t forget to make sure that you have enough of them on stand-by for use in the event of a spill  and to schedule a routine practice drill!

Could SpillFix Become Your Main Go To Absorbent Product?

When dealing with spills around the workplace, anyone on-site must be ready to both contain and to clean up any possible spill. Typically when cleaning the spill, an absorbent product is brought into the mix. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned over our years of experience, it’s that when you use an absorbent product you want to use the right absorbent product.

Image courtesy of Flickr user killbox.
Image courtesy of Flickr user killbox.

When dealing with an industrial spill, your absorbent product needs to:

  •      Effectively clean any spill within the work area
  •      Clean up a spill within a minimal amount of time
  •      Help to render the affected area safe and clear

Fortunately companies and individuals alike can choose from a wide range of tools designed to both control and to clean a spill they may have to deal with. In fact, over the years, a variety of adsorbents have been developed to help tackle spills.

Of course, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing – and with so many absorbent products on the market it can be hard to know if your staff has just what they need in the event of a spill. That’s why it’s our personal hope that moving forward, tools like SpillFix will actually help cut down on the number of absorbent products needed and used around work sites, effectively allowing a company to responsibly clean a spill while still saving money overall.

Currently there’s four primary types of absorbent products that SpillFix either qualifies as or can effectively supplement, if not fully replace:

  1.     Loose absorbents – SpillFix itself is a great example of a “loose” absorbent, though the product is different from other common loose absorbents, especially those that are clay based. SpillFix – sold as a powdery substance that can immediately be dispersed on a contained spill – is non-carcinogenic, dust free, and non-abrasive. Once used, SpillFix can be safely disposed of within a business’ main trash bins, ensuring that if the used product is not disposed of properly (an accident that can happen at any worksite), it will not leak its absorbed materials back into the Earth. SpillFix super absorbency also means that nearly 80% less product is required as compared with clay based absorbents. Talk about getting your bang for your buck!
  2.     Absorbent mats – Absorbent mats are typically seen as a tool that can be used on “big” spills. Sold under both universal and specialized labels, mats are commonly used to take care of drips and leaks in addition to spills. While still a great tool, we believe that SpillFix’s amazing absorbent properties could replace an absorbent mat in many cases. Additionally, SpillFix works on a variety of spills, from oil to fuels to paint – meaning that while you need specialized mats to address specific spills, SpillFix is a universal and easier to use tool.
  3.     Absorbent socks – Sometimes there’s very little time to address a spill. When this happens, absorbent socks can both contain and begin to work on absorbing a spill. Just like mats, socks are sold to address specific spills separately – but let’s be honest, no one wants to make sure they’ve grabbed an oil vs. normal sock when something is spilled and a fast response is needed. Fortunately, SpillFix socks work on a wide range of spills just like their powder absorbent counterpart!
  4.     Chemical absorbents and neutralizers – On today’s current absorbent market, chemical absorbents and neutralizers are sold separately from mainline absorbents. But did you know that SpillFix can in fact handle a number of chemical spills? While highly corrosive materials may require more specialized absorbent tools, SpillFix can easily handle a wide range of the types of chemical spills that may occur on a work site.

As you can see, SpillFix’s versatility makes it a useful product in a number of situations Of course, there are several other types of absorbent products that SpillFix cannot replace – and for good reason. While many absorbent products are designed to clean a spill, other absorbent products can effectively prevent a spill. Some examples of these types of products are:

  1.     Absorbent pillows and pans – Looking to keep liquids and oils from getting into sumps, tanks, holding ponds and other containers at work? Specialized absorbent pillows and pans might be just what you need. While SpillFix is great for addressing a spill once it happens, we’re big fans of preventing spills in the first place; pillows and pans can help make this a reality.
  2.     Special application absorbents – Over time tools have been developed to address industry specific problems. For example – hospitals can purchase mats designed specifically for use in surgery, and tools exist to absorbent any valve or high pressure hose drips right at the source. So while SpillFix is an excellent industrial spill tool, we understand that sometimes you need a different absorbent to address your worksite needs.

This means that there are essentially six primary types of absorbent products on the market today, and SpillFix can effectively qualify as a replacement or assistant tool for four of those products. What do you think – are you ready SpillFix a try to see how it can help your bottom line around your worksite?