Running a fast-paced Los Angeles area business can seem exciting, but it can prove stressful if you handle, store, or use hazardous materials and there is an unexpected spill. At Tri Span Environmental, we understand how stressful these events can be and work hard to alleviate the problem quickly. Below are a few things to keep handy that will make this unpleasant experience less anxiety-filled.
Internal Spill Management Personnel Phone Numbers
Most Orange County area businesses that handle hazardous materials have a protocol in place for dealing with a spill. More than one person is normally delegated to dealing with the details, reporting the necessary information to the required agencies, and gather all facts for internal company record keeping. Make sure you have the phone numbers for these individuals, including after-hours contact information.
Emergency Agency Numbers
You will need to have the local Los Angeles or Orange County fire department come out to help handle containment of large spills. Check that all employees are safe and unharmed. Request an ambulance if you have any doubts.
Paperwork of All Hazardous Materials
Keep the paperwork on all hazardous materials located at your business in a handy location. It will prove useful to show to emergency personnel and a hazmat cleanup crew.
A large roll of bright yellow caution tape is a must-have item to keep in your office. You can cordon off a wide area to keep anyone from entering the immediate area of a hazardous material spill. It will limit foot traffic to emergency and cleanup crew personnel only.
Notebook for Witness Statements
Take witness statements as early in the event as possible. Memories tend to fade after an event, and you need to gather all the facts you can for internal review. Make sure you have complete names and dates.
Environmental cleanup isn’t nice or pretty but it’s necessary. Tri Span is an environmental cleanup organization based out of the Orange County region that lives to serve and educate others on how best to clean up substances that present a danger to others. Continue reading “Minimize Environmental Cleanup Ramifications in Orange County With Tri Span” »
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Health experts call asbestos the silent killer, and with good reason. Often found in structures built before 1980, asbestos was once hailed as a miracle substance, one that prevented thousands of potentially hazardous fires. Over time, however, evidence began to mount that asbestos was worse than the problem it sought to cure. Medical experts have linked it to thousands of cases of lung cancer and similar diseases across the country. While the effects of asbestos exposure may take decades to show themselves, when they do surface the results are often tragic. Continue reading “How to Find Asbestos in Your Home or Business” »
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As a homeowner, you do everything possible to protect your family. Some of the dangers to their well-being are easy to spot. Others, however, are not so obvious. One of these is lead paint. Once a common household item, it’s now recognized as a leading cause of developmental disorders in children. Regrettably, most of the public is unaware of the dangers these toxins pose to growing minds and bodies. Continue reading “The Dangers behind Lead Paint” »
As Fall approaches and temperatures decline, people begin to retreat indoors. It is during this time that household fires increase. We at Tri Span Environmental, located in Orange County, California, would like to provide you with safety tips to avoid the most common sources of household fire hazards.
For many people, asbestos seems like a distant threat – something that was solved decades ago and is no longer a problem, or a construction issue that only plagues public buildings like old schools. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous generalization because asbestos can still be present in a number of materials, both residential and commercial alike.