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SafeRecycler  
#1 Posted : 27 July 2022 14:46:36(UTC)
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SafeRecycler

As a review of our current spill response procedure a couple of questions have come up which I cant seem to find a definitive answer to and was hoping someone may be able to give guidance:

1. What volume of liquid has to be spilled to be classed a spill and are the thresholds of volume regarding reporting

2. Is there a legal requirement or best practice to complete Spill response training for staff at particular intervals, we conduct reglar drills but its unclear how often refresher training should be undertaken from the time of previous traiing.

Any guidance greatly appreciated

A Kurdziel  
#2 Posted : 27 July 2022 15:01:51(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

  1. What volume of liquid has to be spilled to be classed a spill and are the thresholds of volume regarding reporting-

Anything that is an uncontrolled release is a spill and spills need to be dealt with asap. I think the question you are asking is at what point does a spill become an issue that requires a specialist response? Of course there is no clear answer to that-it depends on what you have spilled and where. I once worked in a lab where they spilled 30 ml of pure dioxin and that ended up with a full HSE investigation on the other hand litres of clean water is mainly a case of clearing up without any specialist procedures required   

 

  1. Is there a legal requirement or best practice to complete Spill response training for staff at particular intervals, we conduct regular drills but its unclear how often refresher training should be undertaken from the time of previous training.

Dealing with spillages comes under COSHH Reg 13: Arrangements to deal with accidents, incidents, and emergencies. All that says you need to have a fully developed procedure to deal with emergencies. Its up to you to come up with that procedure( that’s the beauty of goal setting legalisation). Are you happy with what you have or could you do more?

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Kate on 27/07/2022(UTC)
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#3 Posted : 27 July 2022 15:55:56(UTC)
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marcw330@googlemail.com

Technically there are requirements on reporting of spillages, but it comes down to the exposure values of the substance and if they are exceeded, or if it is a carcinogen, mutagen or biological substance.

I believe it comes under RIDDOR Dangerous Occurances, however i am not too sure how well small spills are reported. 

As for training, the requirement would most likely be down to the assessment of risk and competencies of the staff using the substances. 

Roundtuit  
#4 Posted : 27 July 2022 18:24:02(UTC)
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Roundtuit

Also needs consideration of where the spillage can get to - spill a pint of milk in the office not much issue, spill a tanker of milk in a river and the Environment Agency, amongst others, will need to be involved.

Even washing cars on the works car park is technically a spillage as the soaps are not meant to enter surface water drainage.

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A Kurdziel on 28/07/2022(UTC), A Kurdziel on 28/07/2022(UTC)
Roundtuit  
#5 Posted : 27 July 2022 18:24:02(UTC)
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Roundtuit

Also needs consideration of where the spillage can get to - spill a pint of milk in the office not much issue, spill a tanker of milk in a river and the Environment Agency, amongst others, will need to be involved.

Even washing cars on the works car park is technically a spillage as the soaps are not meant to enter surface water drainage.

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A Kurdziel on 28/07/2022(UTC), A Kurdziel on 28/07/2022(UTC)
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