What is a spill prevention plan?
A spill prevention plan or an SPCC Plan (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) is a requirement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which helps facilities contain and control any spills that occur to prevent them from affecting waterways.
The SPCC rule requires a facility to take measures to prevent oil spills and have a spill prevention plan should they occur. You can read more about this rule here.
A compliant SPCC plan must be a document detailing what your facility will do to mitigate the effects of an oil spill. Some requirements include details about oil handling operations, drainage controls, precautionary measures, and spill prevention practices.
“Although it is a legal requirement, an SPCC Plan is also a tool to help facilities prevent and react to oil spills. Considering the costs that your facility would incur if a spill happened, it is worth your while to create a thorough and reliable plan” (environmentalworks.com).
Depending on the storage capacity, history, and size of the facility, a different type of SPCC plan is required. The types of SPCC plans are Qualified Tier I Facility, Qualified Tier II Facility, and Non-Qualified Facilities. Read more about Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure regulation here.
What should a spill kit contain?
A spill kit is a kit containing items needed in the case of an oil spill or leak. Spill kits help ensure a rapid response and clean up.
Typically, spill kits contain a few different types of equipment. The first is PPE (personal protective equipment). Clean up equipment and equipment to halt the spill are also included.
Spill Kit Contents
- PPE — types of PPE vary based on the spill type. PPE generally includes protective clothing like gloves, coveralls, boot covers, safety glasses, etc.
- Clean up containers of varying sizes
- Cleaning equipment such as brooms, dust pans, plastic bags