When to Use Hazmat Absorbents

When it comes to absorbents, three types are available for small- to large-scale spill cleanup: universal, designed to pick up both water- and oil-based liquids; oil-only, a hydrophobic option designed to float on water; and hazmat, specifically for aggressive and unknown chemicals.

The latter of these three, hazmat is colored yellow, regardless of whether wipes or socks are deployed during spill cleanup. Each absorbent is constructed out of 100-percent polypropylene for use with both caustic and aggressive acids and bases.

Like universal absorbents, hazmat options can be used on both oil- and water-based liquids, and knowing when to use the stronger option is a challenge for a spill cleanup crew. As a general rule, always consult the MSDS before selecting a universal or hazmat absorbent, and in the event the chemical cannot be identified, going with a hazmat absorbent is the safer bet.

However, certain chemicals more so than others should always be picked up with a hazmat absorbent, and in some cases a neutralizer:

  • Acetic acid – Requires a neutralizer
  • Calcium hydroxide– Requires a neutralizer; can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Citric acid
  • Ethylene Glycol – Can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Formaldehyde – Can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Hydrazine – Can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Hydrochloric acid– Requires a neutralizer
  • Hydrogen peroxide – Can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Phosphoric acid– Requires a neutralizer
  • Potassium hydroxide – Can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Sodium chloride– Requires a neutralizer; can also be used with oil-only absorbent
  • Sodium hydroxide – Can also be used with oil-only absorbent

Keep in mind that not all strong, aggressive chemicals should be combined with polypropylene. With the exception of those above, the following dissolve or react with polypropylene: kerosene, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, turpentine and xylene.

How Poor Drainage Can Lead to Pest Problems for Your Business

Do you know that a tiny but constant dripping of water can create an insect paradise on your property, making your leaking drainage system a pest magnet?

Drain technology become a much bigger problem in recent times due to the rapid rate of development and the increased size of buildings which has placed more stress on effective drainage. This rapid growth has a negative effect on your drainage systems as there are a lot more quantities of waste being shoved down your drainage pipes, stressing them out a lot more as well as leading to a lot more blockages in your drainage system.

This is particularly bad in kitchens or industries which involve food and have to wash away all kinds of food waste which attracts pests to your waste filled drainage pipes and ultimately your property. Poor drainage systems and improper pest control can be detrimental to your business operation as it poses a health risk to everyone who works on or visits your business premises.

Here are 5 Kinds of Pests You Can Encounter Due to Drainage Problems:

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Tips for Efficient Spill Cleanup

Spill accidents happen and can be detrimental to the health of the workers and your business if you don’t utilize an effective cleanup method. You should plan on spill accidents before they occur, and purchase a spill kit, which is the most effective spill cleanup device.

spill kit contains all the items necessary to contain the spill and to prevent the spread of oil and other harmful liquids. It includes dust-pans, protective overalls, waste bags, absorbent mat pads, socks, gloves, wipers, and rubber shoe covers.

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