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.