PART N - SPILL CONTAINMENT AND CLEAN-UP TRAINING
Periodically the supervisor of the petroleum lab should conduct exercises to verify that personnel are trained
in up-to-date spill containment and cleanup procedures. Verify that petroleum laboratory personnel are
current with the emergency spill containment and cleanup procedures/requirements. Upon discovery of a
spill, personnel shall take action as follows:
Safely stop the source of the spill, if possible (closing valves, uprighting containers, etc.).
Ensure adequate ventilation.
Erect barriers or otherwise restrict or stop flow.
When reporting a spill to the installation's Fire and Emergency Service or 911, the following questions should
be considered to determine the nature and severity of the spill.
Is the spilled substance classified as a flammable liquid?
Is the quantity spilled 25 gallons or more?
Is the spill confined to a hard surface?
Is it possible that the spill will reach surface waters, wetlands, groundwater, streams, ditches, sewers, or
Does the reporting activity have the capability to contain or clean up the spill?
Is the spilled substance classified with an Required Quantity (RQ) value?
Not only is the appropriate equipment important when handling a spill, but it is also important to have
properly trained personnel. The supervisor's duty is to verify that personnel conducting an operation are
trained in the proper use of spill cleanup and containment equipment. Those handling the spill must also
employ the proper procedures IAW the ISCP and SPCC.
Once the spill has occurred and been taken care of, it must be reported. The petroleum or other
hazardous spill must be reported immediately via the chain-of-command and cleaned up immediately after
personal safety precautions have been taken and notification to people in the area has been made IAW the
ISCP, the SPCC, and unit SOP.
PART O - RESOURCES AND PROCEDURES FOR PROPER DISPOSAL AND
HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
ISO 9000-2. Every petroleum laboratory should maintain a copy of the latest version of ISO 9000-2. This
document contains procedures for the safe handling and disposal of hazardous materials listed by type of
substance or material.
HMIS. Hazardous Material Information System (HMIS) sheets for hazardous substances can be maintained
for each applicable substance used in your laboratory. Procedures for the safe handling and disposal of
these hazardous substances are listed on each sheet under the heading "Precautions For Safe Handling And