Spill kits offer a selection of absorbents and other equipment to adequately control and clean up spills and leaks. Most departments and facilities that handle chemicals and liquids, such as Parks and Recreation or Fleet Maintenance, have hazardous spill procedures in place in case of accidents to prevent regulatory fines and protect employees. Spill absorbents always play an important role as emergency preparedness supplies in those prevention plans.
The type of spill control kit used depends upon the liquid in need of cleanup. Spill absorbents are specifically designed for three liquid categories:
- Oil Only – Meant only for hydrocarbons and only oil-based liquids; repels water
- Aggressive – Meant for hazmat situations with dangerous chemicals
- Universal – Meant for all other types of liquid cleanup
Every spill control kit contains gloves, an emergency response guide, and instruction sheet. Most also come with safety goggles. The number and model of spill absorbents depends upon the size and type of the kit.