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Spill Response Preparedness and Assessment Meeting

These training/awareness tools were developed for use under California OSHA regulations, but can and should be adapted to apply to local state and federal OSHA regulations. These talks are essential in establishing your company's preparedness to response to a harzardous chemical spill and to identify areas where compliance and safety training is necessary. Below is a suggested guideline for a meeting with your employees.

These training/awareness tools were developed for use under California OSHA regulations, but can and should be adapted to apply to local state and federal OSHA regulations. These talks are essential in establishing your company's preparedness to response to a harzardous chemical spill and to identify areas where compliance and safety training is necessary. Below is a suggested guideline for a meeting with your employees.
Prep Work - Before you begin the meeting...

Does this topic relate to the work the crew is doing? If not, choose another topic.

Has the crew completed basic Hazard Communication training? It will help them understand this topic.

Did you read this Training Guide and fill in the blanks where the appears? (To find the information you need, look over the Safety Walkaround Checklist for this topic.)

Did you bring labeled containers and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for a few of the adhesive and resin products used on the site?

Begin meeting:
Not long ago in Richmond, California, a chemical spill from a railcar sent a toxic cloud over the whole community. And many of us remember what happened in 1984 in Bhopal, India, where a leak from a chemical plant killed 2,500 people and injured over 100,000.

Chemical spills, leaks, and explosions are all too common on construction sites. Of course, our first priority is to prevent emergencies like this. But if they do happen, we need to know how to respond. Following state and local requirements, management has drawn up emergency plans for this site. At todays meeting, well look at what those plans say.

(You or a crew member may want to add a personal story about chemical spills, leaks, or explosions.)

Continue: On sites with a significant amount of hazardous chemicals, we are required to have a Hazardous Materials Business Plan. Even a 55 gallon drum of a liquid hazardous chemical is considered a significant amount.

These plans are different in different communities (depending on local agency regulations). However, most of them contain similar types of information.

On this site, we: ___do ___do not have a Hazardous Materials Business Plan.
(If applicable:) Show the crew the copy of the plan that you brought to the meeting.

You can see a copy of our plan anytime at-

Point out location:_________________________________

On this site, we have these hazardous chemicals at these locations-

(If applicable:) Give chemical names and locations:_______




After each question, give the crew time to suggest possible answers. Use the information following each question to add points that no one mentions.

1. Were also required by Cal/OSHA to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the site. It describes the procedures we should follow if theres any type of emergency whom to notify, whos in charge, who should do what, and how to evacuate. Everyone on the site needs to be trained on our EAP. Has everyone here been trained?

If not, see me after this meeting.
On this site, we: ___do ___do not have an EAP.

(If applicable:) Show the crew the copy of the EAP that you brought to the meeting.

You can see a copy of our EAP anytime at-

Point out location:__________________________________

2. What should you do if there is a chemical spill?

Follow the procedures spelled out in the sites Emergency Action Plan. On most sites, the EAP will list steps similar to these:

Notify your supervisor.
Notify coworkers and others in the area.
Activate emergency alarms.
Call 911 (or other emergency phone number) to get help.
Dont try to rescue or help injured people unless youre sure you will be safe.
Keep people out of the area.
Leave the area if the spill cannot be readily contained, or if it presents an immediate danger to life or health. Follow the evacuation rules in the EAP. In general, evacuate upwind, not downwind.
Dont try to clean up a spill yourself except where permitted by site rules and the EAP. Leave the cleanup to trained personnel, such as a Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) team.
On the job, emergency phone numbers (fire, police, medical, HAZMAT) are posted-
Point out locations:__________________________________
3. How can you tell if a spill is hazardous or requires special cleanup procedures?

Identify the chemical(s) involved in the spill.

Use Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for the chemicals involved to find out the effects of exposure, what protective equipment is needed, and spill cleanup procedures. Since some chemical spills can lead to fires or explosions, the MSDS may also give you firefighting instructions. The law requires the site to have MSDSs for all chemical products in use. Everyone working on the site has a right to see MSDSs.
On this job, you can get MSDSs from-

Give the name and location of the person to see:_________

(MSDSs are covered in more detail during basic Hazard Communication training, which everyone on the crew should already have completed.)

4. What emergency equipment do we have on this job, and where?

First aid kits
Fire extinguishers
Fire blankets
Eye washes
Emergency showers
Communications (radios, alarms, etc.)
Stretchers or baskets for moving injured people
Confined space rescue equipment
For each item above, explain what types are available on the site and their locations:


Explain: Most of the safety measures weve talked about are required by Cal/OSHA or by other state and local agencies. We have to take these precautionsits the law. I have a Checklist of the various regulations related to chemical spills. If youd like to know more, see me after the meeting.

(Only if applicable.) We have some additional company rules about chemical spills.

Discuss company rules:_______________________________


Ask: Do you have any other concerns about chemical spills? Do you see any problems on our job? (Let the steward answer first, if there is one.)

What about other jobs youve worked on? Have you had any experience with chemical spills that might help us work safer on this job?


This is a time to discuss all safety concerns, not just today's topic. Keep your notes on this page before, during and after the safety meeting.

Are you aware of any hazards from other crews? Point out any hazards other crews are creating that this crew should know about. Tell the crew what you intend to do about those hazards.

Do we have any old business? Discuss past issues/problems. Report progress of investigations and action taken.

Any new business? Any accidents/near misses/complaints? Discuss accidents, near misses, and complaints that have happened since the last safety meting. Also recognize the safety contributions made by members of the crew.

Please remember, we want to hear from you about any health and safety issues that come up. If we don't know about problems, we can't take action to fix them.

To complete the training session:

Circulate Sign-Off Form.

Assign one or more crew member(s) to help with next safety meeting.

Refer action items for follow-up. (Use the sample Hazard Report Form in the Reference Section of this binder, or your companys own form.)
Sign Off Form

Date Prepared:_________________________ By:______________________
Project Name/No.______________________ Location:__________________
Printed Name Signature

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The categories below provide an easy to find guide to the products you'll need to keep your facility clean, safe and in compliance.


Spill Kit Selection Chart

Mobile Spill Kits
Spill Response Cart 
Mobility With Big Spill Protection On Wheels

Caddie Spill Kit 
Smaller Mobile Cart With Swing Open Doors

Lightweight Spill Kits
Duffel Bag Spill Kit 
Water Resistant Duffel Bag With All The Essentials 

Spill Sack Kit 
Lightweight Nylon Bag Kit Fits Almost Anywhere

Versatile Flat Pack Spill Kit 
Best Portable Kit - Fits behind Truck Seats

Economy Spill Kit 
Our Most Economical & Lightweight, Great for Trucks

Camouflage Duffel Bag Spill Kit 
Camouflage Pattern Spill Kit Bag

HazMat Bucket Kit
Inexpensive And Easy To Carry To Any Small Spill

OverPack Kits - Larger Spills

95 Gallon Overpack Spill Kit 
Everything You Need To Handle Large Spills 

65 Gallon Overpack Spill Kit 
Economical And Handles Almost Any Spill 

50 Gallon Wheeled Overpack Kit 
For Quick Response To Medium Size Spills 

95-Gallon Mobile Overpack Kit 
Mobility Of A Large Overpack Spill Kit On Wheels 

30-Gallon Spill Kit 
Middle Size Spill Protection, Not Too Big or Small 

20-Gallon Spill Kit 
Respond To Small Spills Fast, Convenient Container 

Mercon Mercury Spill Kit
Cleanup, Store & Dispose Of Dangerous Mercury Spills

Ansul Spill-X Neutralizing Adsorbents
Neutralizing Adsorbents For Acids, Caustics, Solvents 

Aqueous Polymers
Absorbs 300 Times It's Own Wieght In Water Based Liquids

Fuel Solidifer
Encapsulate And Solidify Hydrocarbon Spills With Our Fuel Solidifier


Complete Selection of PPE Products

Safety Gloves
Economical Hand Protection Offered In 3 Different Materials

Nitrile Gloves
Excellent Resistance To Solvents, Chemicals & Petroleum Products

Safety GlassesGoggles
Provides Eye Protection, Style and Comfort

Disposable Respirators
NIOSH Disposable Respirator N95, R95, N100, P100

Hearing Protection
Corded & Uncorded Reusable Hearing Protection

Safety Suits
Industrial Protective Clothing Tychem SL Protective Clothing


Absorbents Selection Chart

(MRO) Universal Pads
HazMat Pads 

(MRO) Universal Socks
HazMat Socks

Training For Chemical Spill Cleanup
Safety Training Aids For Regulatory Compliance