After a spill, professional cleaning reduces potential damage, toxicity and injury caused by chemicals. To clean a chemical spill in Tampa, FL, safely, cleaners must adhere to strict regulations and guidelines with the following steps.
Phase 1: Data Collection and Assessment
Professionals will ask pertinent questions for the initial cleanup request. Step one is to collect pertinent information such as the following:
- Chemical or liquid type
- Possible flammability and/or toxicity
- Size and location of the spill
- Damage, injuries or physical symptoms experienced after the spill
- Possible source of the leak that caused the spill
Some chemicals are sometimes volatile and toxic, so for safety, professional cleaners evacuate the building or laboratory first. This also makes it easier for them to assess and clean. Step two is to evacuate the area.
Step three is to close the doors and windows. Professionals increase ventilation in the spill area, and they close doors and windows to prevent the spread of toxic dusts or vapors.
Finally, professionals assess the spill to ascertain the chemical type and assess its properties, i.e. flammability, toxicity, etc. During the evaluation, the cleaner also inspects the spill area to assess the source and size of the spill.
Phase 2: Confinement
In phase two, professionals confine or contain the spill. With personal protective equipment on, the pros quickly work to contain or confine the spill. This means preventing the spread of liquids through floor drains and beyond the affected area.
Step two of phase two involves finding the source of the leak. In cases of severe leaks and spills, professionals do this before containment or confinement. If possible, they stop the leak at the source using appropriate means.
Phase 3: Cleaning
Cleaning and decontamination is the first step of phase three. Professional cleaners use special equipment and cleaning agents to clean and absorb spills and decontaminate laboratories or buildings.
Disposal occurs after professionals clean the spill and area. They separate hazardous materials and then properly dispose of them in the assigned area.
Phase 4: Follow up and Reporting
Once professionals stop the leak and clean the spill, the cleaners debrief the clients on the status of the spill, explain their procedures, share safety information and provide post-cleanup instructions. Next, the client or the cleaner reports the spill to the appropriate government agency.
You’ll want professionals to complete a fast, safe cleanup. If your company or lab experiences a chemical spill requiring cleanup, call ServiceMaster 24 Hour immediately. We’ll be there to protect against unpredictable hazards and restore peace of mind.
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