Finding the Right Spill Kit For You and Your Business

November 2nd 2022

Finding the Right Spill Kit For You and Your Business,

Accidental spills can happen no matter how many precautions you take. It is important to be prepared and adopt a diligent approach for when they happen, since it is your responsibility to clean it up.

When cleaning up a hazardous materials spill you must have the right products. You should have the right spill kits and absorbent products to divert and/or contain any liquid and prevent it from taking its natural course.

West Coast Spill Supplies is available to ensure that you are prepared for all potential spills. Based in BC, we have over 25 years of experience developing spill response kits for many different applications involving hazardous materials. Plus, we only distribute the highest quality materials in all of our spill kits and absorbent products. We have the largest inventory of spill kits and spill clean-up products in Western Canada. Our customers have depended on us for over 25 years to always deliver top quality spill response and spill control products in a timely manner.

Contact West Coast Spill Supplies for a no-obligation estimate. We can help you and your business find the right spill kits.

Spill Management and Prevention

The dictionary defines a spill as: (a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, especially by accident or in careless handling. Spills can occur no matter how prepared your staff may be. Choosing the appropriate Spill Response Kits can help your business save time and money.

In case there is an unforeseen emergency, you should take the time to determine what you will need to clean up in the event of a spill.

- Could it be oil, gas or diesel from a car/ truck/ transport vehicle?
- Perhaps antifreeze?
- or battery acid or possibly some unidentifiable chemicals?

Liquid chemicals can spread quickly, so having safety measures in place ensures the security of nearby drains. Volatile chemicals can be especially dangerous, since there is a risk of contamination and adverse reactions.

Are there other chemicals in your workplace?

Even if you take all the proper precautions, mishandling chemicals can pose a big risk to your equipment, your employees, and the environment.

Proper spill kits and spill clean-up supplies will prevent the risk of mixing chemicals that are already in your workplace. These chemicals can be safe on their own, but if they come into contact with each other, the results could be incredibly hazardous. When certain chemicals are mixed, they can cause fires, explosions or emit corrosive gases.

The table below outlines the liquids absorbed for each of the three different colours that our sorbent materials come in.

Sorbent Color Code Selection Table
White SorbentsGrey SorbentsYellow Sorbents
  • For hydrocarbon spills
  • Absorbs oil, gas, diesel and repels water
  • Floats indefinitely on water (hydrophobic)
  • For spills of water based products & oils
  • A great general purpose absorbent
  • Grey colour hides dirt
  • For hazardous & aggressive liquids
  • Great for acids, bases and harsh chemicals

What is your worst-case scenario? Are you prepared if it happens?

Have you considered the worst possible outcome when transporting or handling materials? It could happen to you. Have you taken the proper precautions?

You need to consider protecting the environment in which your project is taking place. Our forestry spill kits are designed to exceed BCTS Forestry minimum requirements so you can be sure that the proper precautions are being taken. There could be a nearby storm drain or water course that could be at risk of contamination. A spill like that could result in substantial fines from local, provincial or federal environmental protection agencies. Depending on the severity of the leak, you could also be at risk of serious legal action.

Are you working on the ocean? Perhaps your site is close to a river, creek or lake?

You may need to consider a proactive approach when addressing the potential risks of working near a body of water in Western Canada. West Coast Spill Supplies is your One-Call Supplier for a Complete Solution to meet all Environmental Regulations - Call Today, Comply Tomorrow!

Determine which Spill Kit you need to be safe

Each project is different, and they can each come with their own hazards. Is your business equipped with the proper safety equipment to handle biohazardous materials on the job site?

You may need to consider factors such as:

- Do you have proper gloves and protective coveralls on site?
- Is there a pair of goggles and booties close by for first responders?
- Do you and your employees have the knowledge to clean up in the event of a spill?
- Have you considered a proper way to dispose of contaminated items?

At West Coast Spill Supplies, we can provide custom spill response kits to deal with the byproducts of your work. Most of our pads, booms and socks are manufactured using Polypropylene so you can contain and clean up spills quickly and cost-effectively.

Contact West Coast Spill Supplies in Saanichton / Victoria, BC for a no-obligation estimate. We can help you and your business select the correct spill response kits for your needs.