If you are in the transportation business, you may be licensed to transport hazardous materials. This is highly sensitive cargo that requires the utmost care to ensure that you and your load arrive safely at your destination, but in some cases an accident is unavoidable. When that occurs and there is a hazardous materials spill, the first and most important thing to do is call a team of dedicated hazmat cleanup professionals. Here are some of the steps that you should follow to ensure your safety.
Protecting Yourself and the Public
The Department of Transportation has an Emergency Response Guidebook that professionals such as truck drivers, industrial workers, and emergency response personnel can use to protect themselves and others from hazardous materials spills.
If you are at the scene of a hazardous materials spill as a driver or other employee, the most important thing to do is keep people away from the scene. If you can safely do so, try to limit the spread of these materials and let everyone know that there are hazardous substances in the area (especially communicate this to emergency response personnel). If you have shipping papers that show the type of materials you were transporting, try to have these available to show the authorities who arrive.
Call for Help
When you have safely gotten out of the dangerous area and helped others to get out of the area, it’s vital that you call emergency personnel for help. Be sure to keep as much information about the hazardous materials with you as you have, such as shipping papers or descriptions, and give a clear description of these materials—such as shipping name, hazard class, and ID number—to the first responders when you call for help. You also want to provide an accurate and detailed description of where you are located so emergency response personnel can arrive as quickly as possible.
Get a Cleanup Crew
Once any immediate danger has passed, the next step is to make sure that the materials are safely cleaned up and disposed of properly to ensure that nobody is hurt in the future by the spill. When you call a place like EnviroCareHazmat, the team of professionals can clean up your spill with the utmost caution, no matter what time of the day or night you experience the spill. Even in situations where the material itself might not necessarily be hazardous, but it can have far-reaching damaging effects (such as an oil spill), a team of professionals is often your best option.
The most important thing to do when you experience a hazardous material spill is to get yourself and others to safety, and call someone to help you clean it up as quickly as possible and with the least impact on your environment.