Spills in an Autobody Shop: Tips on Prevention and Safe Handling
Many waste and stormwater problems for autobody shops start with accidental spills or improper disposal of oil or other waste products. Following are some tips that will help you to avoid these problems.
1) Always use drip pans when handling any type of liquid in the shop, especially hazardous ones.
2) Use separate drip pans for each fluid to avoid mixing before recycling.
3) Always use funnels during fluid transfer.
4) Do not dispose of any hazardous substance by dumping it down a floor drain, storm drain or on to the ground. Recycle on-site with a solvent recycler or with an off-site recycler.
5) Promptly clean up spills using absorbent materials.
6) Use the least amount of water as possible when cleaning up a spill.
7) Obtain a list of emergency response contact phone numbers including the Ministry of Environment Spills Action Centre (1-800-268-6060) or (416-325-3000) Post lists of these numbers in very visible locations near storage areas.
8) Train staff in dealing with spills of all sizes and types. Make clear, explicit lists of the steps to be taken in cases of emergency. Post these lists in very visible locations near storage areas.
Reporting Spills and Environmental Emergencies
Spills Action Centre
The Spills Action Centre, staffed on a 24-hour basis, receives and records province-wide reports of spills and co-ordinates appropriate responses.
Spills are defined as releases of pollutants into the natural environment originating from a structure, vehicle, or other container, and that are abnormal in light of all circumstances. Spills must be reported immediately to the ministry and to the municipality when they cause or are likely to cause any of the following:
- impairment to the
quality of the natural environment - air, water, or land;
Spills Action Centre
The Spills Action Centre handles reports of spills and other environmental emergencies. Inquiries about other environmental issues should be directed to the ministry's Public Information Centre.
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